Thursday, March 31, 2005

R.I.P. Bass Wolf

Thanks to Umlaut friend Drunk Ted for passing on this STUNNING Guitar Wolf news:

We regret to inform you that Hideaki Sekiguchi, aka Billy, has passed away by heart attack in the morning of March 31st, at the age of 38.

18:00p.m. (non-relatives 19:00p.m.) on Tuesday, April 5
10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.. The Hearse to Leave at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, April 6
1-3-1, Tokai, Ohta-Ku, Tokyo
Phone: 81-3-5755-2833
*Since there is NO parking lot, we kindly ask you not to drive to the place. We announce that all shows will be cancelled. We hope to have your understanding. - March 31, 2005 Guitar Wolf / SBT Music

The news was confirmed by Narnack Records within the past hour:

"It's with deep saddest and regret that we post this latest Guitar Wolf news. Last night Billy, aka Bass Wolf, passed away, he was only 38 yrs old. The band just returned from their US tour, and fortunately Billy did get to spend time with his wife and children before going into the hospital. He died in his sleep sometime during the night. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Seiji and Toru."

Guitar Wolf (L. to R.): Toru, Seiji and Billy
(From the Umlaut Archives)

Man, Umlaut had his mind blown by Billy and Guitar Wolf only TWO WEEKS AGO. Sad and unfair... and yet Sting still walks the Earth..

Umlaut is now cranking Guitar Wolf even as he types this. "Time Machine Of Tears..."

R.I.P. my Asian Brutha.