Leslie West, vocalist and guitarist of arduous rock outfit Mountain, has handed away at age 75.
West’s brother, Larry West Weinstein, confirmed to Rolling Stone that the musician handed away on Wednesday morning (December 23). West entered cardiac arrest on Monday (December 21) and was rushed to a hospital close to his residence in Daytona, Florida. He reportedly didn’t regain consciousness.
West was born Leslie Weinstein on October 22, 1945. He based Mountain in 1969, alongside Cream affiliate and producer Felix Pappalardi, N.D. Good and Steve Knight. The band are maybe finest identified for his or her hit ‘Mississippi Queen’. Co-written by West, the Southern rock monitor appeared on Mountain’s 1970 debut album, ‘Climbing!’.
Mountain’s Felix Pappalardi (left) and Leslie West performing in 1971. Credit score: Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Pictures
‘Mississippi Queen’ was the group’s largest chart hit in the USA, peaking at Quantity 21 on the Billboard Sizzling 100. Lately, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin covered it as part of their Hanukkah cover song series, which celebrated the non secular vacation by paying tribute to Jewish artists.
Mountain additionally had the distinguished honour of acting at Woodstock in 1969. In simply their fourth gig as a band, the group joined a legendary lineup which featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and extra.
Mountain disbanded for the primary time in 1972, earlier than reforming periodically within the years that adopted.
Well being issues have been a fixture of West’s later life. In 2011, a part of his proper leg was amputated following issues with diabetes. Regardless of these challenges, West continued to carry out properly into his seventies, releasing his last solo album in 2015.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) December 24, 2020
So very unhappy.Leslie’s tone may cease a rhino in a full cost. Mountain sound was large. Leslie was a heat and wonderful man. Unhappy. https://t.co/uuzPBiJDgh
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 23, 2020
For individuals who do not actually know Leslie West’s work, let me say this about his guitar taking part in. As a singer, whereas I respect nice gamers, vocalists spoke to me with their melodies. @lwestmountain is the one guitarist who I related with trigger I may sing each 1 of his solos!
— Dee Snider?? (@deesnider) December 23, 2020
Relaxation In Peace pal. Thanks for permitting me in your world. Leslie West was a rock and roll corridor of fame member that didn’t want a statue nor ceremony to show it. He simply was and can at all times be. pic.twitter.com/PrMuxWnfXq
— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) December 23, 2020
Relaxation In Peace, pal. Grin opened for Mountain and West, Bruce and Lang via early ‘70’s. Candy, dangerous ass blues man. Obtained to play collectively first Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp. I’ll at all times keep in mind his smile as he regarded me within the eye, impressed and shared his presents. #LeslieWest pic.twitter.com/g3UWvZgb9K
— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) December 24, 2020
R.I.P. Leslie West. We had some nice instances collectively onstage and a few legendary laughs on a regular basis on tour. Thanks for all the good music. My deepest condolences to the West household. @lwestmountain pic.twitter.com/7zDljGMRk1
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) December 23, 2020