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Thread started 07/04/17 10:52am

KoolEaze

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RIP John Blackwell

I´ve just read that John Blackwell passed away. The sad news was posted by his wife.

He was one of my all time favorite drummers with a very recognizable, unique sound and he always came across as a genuinely nice, humble person.

May he rest in peace.

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Reply #1 posted 07/04/17 11:01am

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KoolEaze said:

I´ve just read that John Blackwell passed away. The sad news was posted by his wife.


He was one of my all time favorite drummers with a very recognizable, unique sound and he always came across as a genuinely nice, humble person.


May he rest in peace.



Wow. This is very sad. Thanks for letting us know.
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Reply #2 posted 07/04/17 11:09am

rogifan

Damn so sad. He and Prince will be making heavenly music soon. sad 💜
Paisley Park is in your heart
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Reply #3 posted 07/04/17 11:22am

babynoz

Oh God, No! sad

More tears.

Peace and love to his family.

[Edited 7/4/17 11:23am]

Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #4 posted 07/04/17 11:24am

PennyPurple

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cry RIP

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Reply #5 posted 07/04/17 11:25am

morningsong

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Bummer. rose
“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
― T.S. Eliot

“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it”
― T.S. Eliot
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Reply #6 posted 07/04/17 11:26am

babynoz

Does anyone recall how old he was?

Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #7 posted 07/04/17 11:31am

ISaidLifeIsJus
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babynoz said:

Does anyone recall how old he was?

Way too young, 43 years old.

Rest In Peace John.

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Reply #8 posted 07/04/17 11:36am

Militant

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Like many others I had the privilege of seeing John perform with Prince on many occasions, and he was a truly, truly amazing drummer. Word has it that he passed his audition with Prince by playing "777-9311" perfectly. And you all know how hard that is to play!


Rest in Peace, John. You will truly be missed.

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Reply #9 posted 07/04/17 11:36am

babynoz

ISaidLifeIsJustAGame said:

babynoz said:

Does anyone recall how old he was?

Way too young, 43 years old.

Rest In Peace John.



Thanks.

His baby girl, Gia died in '04 I believe. I met him during the Musicology tour right after she passed. rose

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Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #10 posted 07/04/17 11:47am

luv4u

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John Blackwell

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My husband incredible drummer John Blackwell Jr. passed the way peacefully in my company today. Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support. Yaritza

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Prince and JB making the angels sing even funkier! JB is with Jia now rose

pray sad bawl

My condolences rose

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REAL MUSIC by REAL MUSICIANS - Prince
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Reply #11 posted 07/04/17 11:53am

bashraka

John Blackwell is not only my favorite Prince drummer, but Blackwell was a major contributor to the recording of Prince's LAST TRULY GREAT ALBUM, "Rainbow Children" and helped spearhead one Prince's late career resurgence musically with One Nite Alone Tour, and instrumental albums "Xpectation" and "C-Note". Hearing Prince and Blackwell stretch on rock, funk and jazz forms was a treat to the ears. Rest In Paradise. Although I'm not a JW, I take comfort that Prince and John Blackwell shared the same religious faith and wasn't afraid of death. I'm thankful for the incredible memories John gave me

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Reply #12 posted 07/04/17 11:56am

KoolEaze

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bashraka said:

John Blackwell is not only my favorite Prince drummer, but Blackwell was a major contributor to the recording of Prince's LAST TRULY GREAT ALBUM, "Rainbow Children" and helped spearhead one Prince's late career resurgence musically with One Nite Alone Tour, and instrumental albums "Xpectation" and "C-Note". Hearing Prince and Blackwell stretch on rock, funk and jazz forms was a treat to the ears. Rest In Paradise. Although I'm not a JW, I take comfort that Prince and John Blackwell shared the same religious faith and wasn't afraid of death. I'm thankful for the incredible memories John gave me

I didn´t even know he was a JW.

"Everywhere" is my favorite Prince and John Blackwell collaboration.

Incredible drumming, incredibly energetic, uplifting and positive song even though I don´t necessarily share the lyrics about finding the "truth".

Such a great song.

" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"




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Reply #13 posted 07/04/17 11:58am

GustavoRibas

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Him and Michael B were my fave Prince drummers. And I think his drumming was perfect for Prince´s music in the 2000s.

Very sad day. RIP

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Peace
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Reply #14 posted 07/04/17 12:01pm

funkyrake

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So sorry to get this news. He was the best of the best of all drummers. His solos mesmerized me and gave me goosebumps. An honorable man.
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The Leaf Shall Inherit The Earth.
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Reply #15 posted 07/04/17 12:06pm

heymistermusic

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Love & Respect to you John Blackwell. I'm speechless.

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Reply #16 posted 07/04/17 12:18pm

ImperfectAngel

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John was the drummer at my first ever Prince concert, couldn't help but notice how amazing he was RIP rose sad
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Reply #17 posted 07/04/17 12:30pm

Doozer

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His wife was so encouraging on FB and Twitter - I really felt like he would recover. So sad to hear this is not the case.

John brought so much energy to Prince's live shows, and his signature is all over the studio work he did with Prince. He was a featured drummer for a really good reason.

My wife and I said a brief hello to him at an ONA show in Houston in 2002.

RIP and thoughts to his entire family.

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Reply #18 posted 07/04/17 12:30pm

daniorU

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So sad to hear this.
Terrible news.
"We are the New Power Generation,and so are U!"
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Reply #19 posted 07/04/17 12:31pm

Polo1026

Horrible news, God Bless him and his Wife and family in this extremely difficult time. Thank you John for your amazing gift that blessed me so much as a fan.

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Reply #20 posted 07/04/17 12:49pm

IstenSzek

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his poor wife. they already lost their little girl. rip john and thanks for the incredible music.

sad



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Reply #21 posted 07/04/17 12:51pm

clairew1975

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Damn, I was praying for a better outcome. RIP John.
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Reply #22 posted 07/04/17 12:53pm

Dauphin

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My heart hurts for him and his family and friends. Much respect for his skills and artistry.
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Still it's nice to know, when our bodies wear out, we can get another

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Reply #23 posted 07/04/17 1:17pm

seanski

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RIP John Blackwell pray

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Reply #24 posted 07/04/17 1:17pm

JellyJam

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Appalling news. He was incredible live. All love, prayers and peace to John's family, and much love to Yaritza for her brave posts.

What a truly sad time these last few months have been.

[Edited 7/4/17 13:21pm]

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Reply #25 posted 07/04/17 1:25pm

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pray rose

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And I descend from grace, In arms of undertow
I will take my place, In the great below
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Reply #26 posted 07/04/17 1:34pm

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I am so devastated about this. John was the sweetest. Watching him play always made me smile. Big Teddy Bear! Such a nice man.
I just loved his drumming style.
He is with Prince now, I just know it. He's being welcomed.
God bless Yaritza and the family.
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #27 posted 07/04/17 1:35pm

maceoparker007

RIP....am sure Prince and Blackwell are jamming right now up in heaven.

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Reply #28 posted 07/04/17 1:49pm

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My hubby got to personally speak with JB a number of times on the phone. I remember one time they were talking on the phone and JB says he has to get off the phone coz Prince is back, back to practising.

Edmonton, AB - canada

Ohh purple joy oh purple bliss oh purple rapture!
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Reply #29 posted 07/04/17 2:07pm

rob1965

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Rest in peace, John Blackwell. They are putting together a great band up there in heaven.
'Liberate My Mind'
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