One year ago today Stuart Cable, drummer with the rock band Killing for Company, passed away. He was 40 years old.
I’ve already written one blog about Stuart, but what about his legacy... and the bandmates he left behind?
Stuart was the “household name” in the group because of his time with The Stereophonics and having seen Killing for Company perform during last year’s Alarm tour, there’s no doubt his presence and personality was a huge driving force from the back of the stage.
His loss was a cruel and devastating blow to his family and friends and I can completely understand the period of mourning and introspection that followed. From the outside looking in, Stuart must have been so much more than a bandmate to Greg, Andy, Steve and Richie and I haven’t got the ability to imagine how you even begin to try and come to terms with such a tragedy.
I’ve never been totally sure about the oft-used phrase “it’s what he (or she) would have wanted” and the reason(s) why the boys decided to carry on performing is nobody’s business but their own; however in doing so, they undoubtedly kept alive the memory of Stuart Cable with their incredibly powerful live sets and the way they have embraced fans from around their South Wales home and much farther beyond.
Strangers have become friends because of Killing for Company; brought together by a bond created by the music and passion of five young men. No one knows what the future holds... the events of twelve months ago are a sad reminder of life’s uncertainty... but in saluting Stuart Cable, I also want to say “thank you” to Greg Jones, Andy Williams, Steve Williams, Richie King, Jamie Williams and Aled Richards; Killing for Company may not have gained the recognition and success their talent derserves, but the genuine difference they have made to the lives of so many people is a far greater achievement and a lasting tribute to the man they call “the Duke”...
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