Ian McLagan R.I.P


The Austin Chronicle has reported the death of Ian McLagan, keyboard player for The Small Faces/Faces and an Austin resident since 1994.

The paper reports that McLagan suffered a stroke on Monday and was admitted to Brackenridge Hospital on Tuesday, where he died Wednesday at 2:39pm.

The following statement was released:

“It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan.  Ian was a member of the Small Faces and Faces and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Kushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’

Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world.  His loss will be felt by so many.”

The Austin-American Statesman had earlier confirmed a report that McLagan was in an Austin hospital. McLagan’s manager Ken Kushnick confirmed this after a report on KXAN that McLagan was in critical condition.

Kushnick noted that the report that McLagan had suffered a head injury was “not entirely correct” but would not elaborate. He added that “sometime soon there will be a further full statement.”

McLagan’s website carried a message early Wednesday afternoon that stated, “We are saddened to confirm that Ian McLagan was hospitalized early this morning in Austin, TX. We appreciate the outpouring of concern and ask that you keep Ian in your thoughts and prayers.”

McLagan was scheduled to perform on Wednesday night in Minneapolis with Nick Lowe. It was the first date of a tour with Lowe.

McLagan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 with The Small Faces/The Faces and has played with many local and international musicians, including stints recording and touring with The Rolling Stones. He also toured Australia as a member of Billy Bragg’s Blokes.

McLagan moved to Austin in 1994. Earlier this year he released a new album and celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his weekly gig with his Bump Band at the Lucky Lounge.

McLagan’s wife Kim was killed in a car accident in 2006.


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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