Sunday, October 30, 2011
Brief Note for Monday 31st October, 2011
Steve Harris Guitarist with UK rockers Shy passes away
Tony Mills left and Steve Harris on the right.
Photo from 'We love Shy, the legendary British rock band' on Facebook.
RIP Steve Harris, lead guitarist with melodic hard rockers Shy, you were a great talent and you will without doubt be missed.
I have to admit I did not follow Birmingham rockers, all the way ... I kind of lost touch with what was going on with them around 1987 / 88 and then heard all about lead vocalist Tony Mills leaving around the mid-90's but not much more.
I own the first three albums, 'Once Bitten ..., Twice ...,' 'Brave The Storm' - Which I really loved! - and 'Excess All Area's.'
I recall catching the band live twice back then and recall how strong Mill's voice was and was also very impressed by the bands guitarist, one Steve Harris.
I really know little about the guy and understand that he was perhaps, one of the more quiet guys, but really what do I know since the band released six albums, an EP, as well as live material too since those first three I bought and enjoyed.
There was no doubting the man's talent though, great input into the band, but how very tragic to learn that he died of a brain tumour, that he'd had since 2009. What a burden to live with. What a brave guy.
I lost a brother to a brain tumour who was just 49 years old and when he learned about it, it was too late and he only survived just under a month, after finding out.
Again, it's that wicked cancer that so many people are losing loved ones to, be it cancer to other body organs or in the form of a brian tumour. It's just so evil, sadly too in many cases people find out too late and have little time left.
Steve was clearly a fighter and managed to survive and actually hid his illness, for almost two years.
What strength to do so.
Over at the Shy website, this tribute has been posted:
“IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET AND SADNESS THAT WE HAVE TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF OUR BELOVED STEVE HARRIS, GUITARIST AND CREATIVE GENIUS BEHIND SHY. STEVE WAS A VERY PRIVATE MAN AND HAD BATTLED A BRAIN TUMOUR SINCE JUNE 2009 AND ONLY THOSE CLOSEST TO THE FAMILY KNEW. A FULL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY, LOVE DEBBIE HARRIS AND SHY”
RIP Steve Harris, my thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Your talents will be missed.