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‘Sure’ drummer Alan White dies at 72

‘Sure’ drummer Alan White dies at 72

Sure introduced days earlier that on account of well being points White wouldn’t participate within the band’s upcoming tour.

SEATTLE — Alan White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Sure who additionally performed on initiatives with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72.

White’s demise was introduced on his Fb web page by his household. The put up stated he died at his Seattle-area residence Thursday after a short sickness.

Simply days earlier Sure had introduced that on account of well being points White wouldn’t participate within the band’s upcoming tour of the UK to rejoice the fiftieth anniversary of the enduring album “Near the Edge.”

White joined Sure in 1972, changing authentic drummer Invoice Bruford. In a band famous for frequent lineup modifications, White was a continuing and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame as a member of Sure in 2017.

Although he didn’t play on “Near the Edge,” he carried out on each subsequent Sure studio album over almost 5 a long time, together with the band’s newest launch, “The Quest,” which got here out final yr.

White stayed with the band via its many iterations. A trailblaizing act within the progressive rock scene in England that grew in popularly within the early Seventies alongside bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull, Sure was particularly know for its intricate preparations and the musical talent of its particular person members.

When progressive rock fell out of vogue within the late Seventies lots of the bands related to the style struggled.

Following one other lineup change, Sure, with White nonetheless behind the drum package, reinvented itself within the Eighties as a tougher edged band that appealed to youthful listeners extra attuned to heavy steel and the visible cues of music movies. In 1983 Sure launched the smash hit album “90125.”

A longtime Seattle-area resident, White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England, in 1949. His household stated he started piano classes at age 6 and taking part in the drums when he was 12.

White performed with bands in England all through the Sixties. In 1969, he was requested by John Lennon to affix his Plastic Ono Band. In an interview with The Seattle Occasions in 2021, White stated he thought the decision from the well-known Beatle was a prank.

“A voice introduced, ‘Good day, that is John Lennon,’” White stated. “I assumed it was a mate pulling my leg, put the receiver down, and went again to the kitchen.”

White performed a 1969 live performance in Toronto with Lennon’s band, which additionally included guitarist Eric Clapton. White additionally performed with one other Beatle, contributing drums to George Harrison’s 1970 solo album “All Issues Should Move.”

Within the assertion saying his demise, his household wrote: “Alan was many issues to many individuals: an authorized rock star to followers all over the world; band mate to a choose few, and gentleman and pal to all who met him.”

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