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Long-time Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Pianist Conway Savage Dies Aged 58

Monday, 03 September 2018 Written by Huw Baines

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Conway Savage, a long-time member of the Nick Cave & Bad Seeds, has died aged 58.

The pianist played with the band for the best part of three decades, beginning his tenure in 1990 during touring for ‘The Good Son’. Alongside his work with Cave, he maintained a solo career that comprised a number of albums and EPs. Savage was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017.

In a statement, Cave and the Bad Seeds said:

Our beloved Conway passed away on Sunday evening. A member of Bad Seeds for nearly thirty years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances. He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans alike. Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally “had the gift of a golden voice,” high and sweet and drenched in soul.

On a drunken night, at four in the morning, in a hotel bar in Cologne, Conway sat at the piano and sang Streets of Laredo to us, in his sweet, melancholy style and stopped the world for a moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Goodbye Conway, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. Love, Nick and the Bad Seeds.


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