Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LONGTIME NEIL YOUNG GUITARIST BEN KEITH DEAD AT 73
Another sad loss for the Neil Young family. Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Young for the unexpected passing of this understated rock legend whose stunning work on the piano, guitar, saxophone and pedal steel can be heard on such classic tracks as "Heart of Gold" and "Tonight's the Night" and previously served as part of Nashville's "A Team" in the fifties and sixties. With the exception of his solo gigs and his Crazy Horse shows, Ben has been touring with Neil since 1973, and one can only imagine how devastating this loss is for him.
Visit Rolling Stone for a full obit.
"Down By The River" from Ben Keith's final performance with Neil Young at the 2009 Bridge School Benefit Concert:
Ben performing "Too Far Gone" with Neil and Crazy Horse's Frank "Poncho" Sampedro in New York, 1989: