Musicians from throughout the globe have taken to social media to pay tribute to Sure drummer Alan White, whose dying was introduced yesterday. The information was confirmed in a publish from the drummer’s household on his Fb web page (opens in new tab).
The assertion started: “Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, handed away on the age of 72 at his Seattle-area dwelling on Might 26, 2022, after a short sickness.
“All through his life and six-decade profession, Alan was many issues to many individuals: a licensed rock star to followers all over the world; band mate to a choose few, and gentleman and good friend to all who met him.”
The assertion went on to mirror on White’s profession. In addition to his half-century stint with Sure, White labored with George Harrison, Ginger Baker’s Air Pressure, Terry Reid, Joe Cocker and – maybe most notably – John Lennon and Yoko Ono. As a member of the Plastic Ono Band, he performed drums on classics like Think about, Instantaneous Karma, How Do You Sleep and Jealous Man.
Amongst the tributes paid to White was a message from former Sure singer Jon Anderson, who composed a Fb publish (opens in new tab) that additionally referenced late Sure bassist Chris Squire: “Expensive Alan. My finest man at my marriage ceremony to Janee in Maui 1997. We love you and can miss you. You have been simply the perfect of the perfect for Sure and fantastic soul. We wrote Flip of the Century collectively all these years in the past, simply one in every of so many fantastic instances collectively. And now you’re in heaven, resting after the lengthy journey Dwelling to satisfy your pricey Mother… and Chris in fact.”
Yoko Ono: “Alan White was a beautiful drummer who was a vital a part of the sound of Think about, Instantaneous Karma! and extra recordings. He was all the time light, type & good humoured. We have been blessed he was a part of our household. Love & condolences to Gigi, Jesse & Cassi White; JJ, Ellie & Andrea.”
Carl Palmer: “Alan was good friend and he will probably be missed by us all. I’ve been on many excursions with Alan over time. I’ll miss our chats and most of all I’ll miss him. My ideas and love exit to all his household.”
Rick Wakeman: “I used to be so unhappy to listen to in regards to the passing of Alan yesterday. He was such a mild soul… besides when behind his drum equipment the place he was so highly effective and inventive. I’ll miss you brother.”
Mike Portnoy: “Completely surprised to get up to the information of Alan White’s passing. Clearly his enjoying with Sure for the previous 50 years was a large affect on me, but additionally his enjoying with each John Lennon and George Harrison was as properly. Over the previous 30 years or so, I’ve had the honour to change into buddies with him, touring and spending a lot time collectively. My deepest condolences exit to his spouse Gigi, his household and all people within the Sure camp.”
John Lodge: “I’m so very sorry to listen to of the passing of Alan White… he was an unbelievable drummer, and he performed an influential half in rock n roll historical past. We had such a improbable summer season collectively on the Royal Affair Tour. Being on stage to sing Think about with Sure and with Alan on drums was a really particular second I’ll all the time bear in mind. My honest condolences exit to Gigi, his household, and everybody in his prolonged Sure household.”
Oliver Wakeman: “I heard the very unhappy new in regards to the passing of Alan White earlier right this moment from the Sure administration. I’ve been serious about him lots right this moment. I’ll publish one thing quickly about my recollections of working with Alan in Sure. Dad and I spoke earlier to speak about Alan too.”
Geoff Downes: “Right now I misplaced a fantastic brother and good friend, the loveliest man you’ll ever hope to satisfy. So dreadfully unhappy. I’m devastated. Miss you perpetually buddy.”
Peter Frampton: “Expensive good friend & unbelievable drummer Alan White has left us means too quickly. He was one of the vital right down to earth individuals I’ve recognized. Whenever you subsequent hear Think about or Jealous Man by John consider Alan as you hear his masterful enjoying. And all his fantastic work with Sure. RIP.”
Gary Kemp: “RIP the good Alan White.”
Vernon Reid: “For true Sure followers, this can be a devastating day.”
Questlove (The Roots): “Rattling, man. So many legends passing away. Thanks Alan White.”
Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC): “Shocked and saddened to listen to of the dying of an previous good friend Alan White, drummer of Sure, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band and plenty of others. RIP Alan and condolences to his spouse Gigi, additionally his household and buddies round Seattle.”
Mike Scott (The Waterboys): Journey on properly, Alan White RIP. You performed one of many best drum performances of all time on Instantaneous Karma.”
Annie Haslam (Renaissance): “Aside from being a unprecedented artistic drummer he was a stunning right down to earth man. I met him on many events on the Sure exhibits I attended and he was heat and pleasant. My coronary heart and prayers exit to his spouse and household and all members of Sure that he ‘touched’ together with his spirit over time. God Bless you Alan, you’ll dwell on within the music of Sure.”
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol): “One of many nice drummers Alan White of Sure has handed away. 18 February 1974 I watched Alan at Madison sq. backyard NYC completely make that place levitate with power. The world past simply obtained one of many nice rhythm sections of Squire and White.”
Todd Le Torre (Queensryche): “Completely shocked by this tragic information. What a pleasant particular person and phenomenal drummer. My most honest condolences to his household, band, and buddies.”
Haken: “RIP Alan White, a drumming legend.”
Warner Music Group: “When Alan joined Sure 50 years in the past, he needed to study the band’s whole tour repertoire in simply three days earlier than they hit the street – a momentous achievement that mirrored the best degree of artistry that he maintained all through his profession. He cemented his Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame legacy with quite a few gold and platinum Sure albums on Atlantic and Atco, whereas enjoying hundreds of exhibits all over the world throughout 5 many years. The Warner Music Household is mourning Alan’s passing and are sending our heartfelt condolences to his household, buddies, and bandmates in addition to his multitude of his followers.”
Ludwig Dums: “We’re heartbroken to listen to the information on the passing of Ludwig artist and drumming icon Alan White. Our deepest sympathy and condolences exit to all his family and friends. He was such a present to the music neighborhood and we cherish his 40+ years of help of Ludwig drums. He will probably be sorely missed.”