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TRGuitar
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Our drummer Tommy's mother just called my wife. She found him dead in his apartment today. I don't know any details at this time. This is a Spinal Tap paralell I could have done without. :| I believe he was only 33.

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Posted : 15/03/2011 8:27 pm
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OMG! That's awful :(

I'm really sorry to hear that, my condolences to those that knew him...

 
Posted : 15/03/2011 9:13 pm
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Oh that sucks man. I'm very sorry

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Posted : 15/03/2011 10:10 pm
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How sad is that?

:(

Bish

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Posted : 15/03/2011 10:12 pm
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That is an unexpected bad turn in more ways than one, so sorry for all. My bro died at that age so I know what it is like. :(

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Posted : 16/03/2011 1:32 am
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Our drummer Tommy's mother just called my wife. She found him dead in his apartment today. I don't know any details at this time. This is a Spinal Tap paralell I could have done without. :| I believe he was only 33.

My condolences, TR.

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Posted : 16/03/2011 2:03 am
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Our drummer Tommy's mother just called my wife. She found him dead in his apartment today. I don't know any details at this time. This is a Spinal Tap paralell I could have done without. :| I believe he was only 33.

That's terrible news! My heart goes out to you and everyone involved....I'm sorry to hear about that.

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Posted : 16/03/2011 3:10 am
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Thanks everyone for your kind words. Tommy had problems but was sick too. Osteo from his reattached hand. He just had to have his middle finger amputated. Long term antibiotics and a tunneled catheter for the same. Nausea, diarrhea ..... weight loss ... could have been the cause. Other causes are possible though given the history. 33 year old men don't just die. His mom is our dear friend. She is still in shock. I held on to him for good reason. Despite the screwups he was a great guy. He was a great drumer too. Keith Moon comes to mind. He fit so well with us. When we played it was magic. I have been mulling over getting him out here. Now I have guilt. I am a trained professional. Had I seen him, maybe I could have picked up on something, either mental or physical. We played in mid December, he had basically been hospitalized since then.

I thought we had time, so no pics or videos ... but had you folks seen Wicked Fester! Well, you would know. 8) I so couldn't wait to share my E-Mail from Albert Bouchard, drummer and founding member of blue Oyster Cult, with Tommy. Here is what he said.
Re: Can We?Saturday, March 5, 2011 8:53 AMFrom:"Albert Bouchard" Hi Terry:
You absolutely can cover Vampires. We'd be honored. Your drummer doesn't need a middle finger to play drums. I grip my sticks with my thumb and forefinger (similar to golf grip technique) and use the other fingers to bounce the stick on whatever I'm hitting. People who grip the sticks too tight sound stiff. Drummers shouldn't worry about dropping stick but just get a good system for casually picking up another one while not loosing the beat. If he tapes the sticks just tape them to the thumb and forefinger and let it be loose around the rest of the hand. Tell Tommy to get better soon.
Al

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grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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Posted : 16/03/2011 3:31 am
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its awful news to hear about a friends death, and at a young age it makes it so much worse.

Hope your all coping well.
Al

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Posted : 16/03/2011 10:37 am
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Wow Terry that really sux, my prayers go out to his family losing someone that's only 33 has to be pretty devastating.

I understand what you are going through losing him I know you really wanted to make it work with him, went through the same thing when we lost or guitar player and it's been a struggle to regroup ever since.

I hope everything works out for you.

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Posted : 16/03/2011 11:10 am
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hey man. so sorry about the news and tragic loss.

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Posted : 16/03/2011 12:15 pm
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Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family.

Hang in there- feeling guilty is normal. Not justified, but we do when we lose somebody.

Hang in there,
Ande

 
Posted : 16/03/2011 1:55 pm
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Dang TR! That's a terrible blow to all concerned. I am at a loss for any other words.

Jim

 
Posted : 18/03/2011 1:17 pm
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Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here is a link to the obituary in case you want to read about who he was.
http://northcountrynow.com/obituaries/thomas-tommy-p-johnston-34-ogdensburg

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grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
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Posted : 18/03/2011 1:50 pm
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That's a gut wrenching story. My condolences to everyone involved. :cry:

Roy
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Posted : 26/03/2011 4:08 pm