Posted: Dec 30, 2009 5:11 am |
Edited by: T J Honeysuckle
Despite expecting this for a while, this was shockingly bad news today.
Rowland S Howard Loses Battle With Cancer
News posted Wednesday, December 30 2009 at 04:00 PM.
Australia's music scene has lost a true icon with the reported passing of Rowland S Howard today (December 30). While no official statement has been made by management, close friends of the guitarist have confirmed reports that he lost his ongoing battle with liver cancer at Melbourne's Austin Hospital this morning.
Howard, 50, was a former member of the Young Charlatans, The Boys Next Door (who later morphed into The Birthday Party) and These Immortal Souls. He penned 'Shivers', which became an underground hit for The Boys Next Door, and memorably dueted with Lydia Lunch on Lee Hazlewood's 'Some Velvet Morning'.
In 1999, Howard released his debut solo album, Teenage Snuff Film, which quickly became a cult classic. Its long-awaited follow-up Pop Crimes was released in October this year, sparking a run of well-received shows and garnering widespread critical acclaim (it topped M+N's annual Critics Poll earlier this month).
Howard's ongoing battles with liver cancer recently forced the cancellation of several shows including a spot on the Homebake and Summer Tones bills. He played his last gig at The Prince in St Kilda, where it all started, on October 29.
In his final interview with M+N, Howard said he was enjoying the renewed interest in his career. "It's very gratifying," he said. "When I play live, nobody calls out for 'Shivers' any more, because they are too young to have any kind of historical attachment to it ... It's peculiar in a way, it just seemed to happen on its own accord. And it's great, because no longer do I look out from the stage and just see a bunch of ageing ex-junkies."
Early 2009 live review
Interview about "Pop Crimes" album, and stuff
"Pop Crimes" review
Final gig review