After fighting a brain tumor, Steve Prestwich passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011. He was best known as the band Cold Chisel’s drummer but also had some other ambitions. To get more details on his life, with some photos and videos as well, keep reading below.
The photo above are two band mates he played with who are shocked by the news. It was only about two weeks ago that the late musician found out about his cancer that has now claimed his life. He seemed to be doing well and has many plans for this upcoming year. Unfortunately, his time was cut short.
Steve Prestwich was 56 years old when he died. Get a better picture of him with more details here. As a tribute, here is a little biography for you. He was born in Liverpool, England on March 5, 1954. He started playing drums when he was a boy, and after his family moved to Adelaide, Australia he became part of a band. They started out as Orange, and then changed their name to Cold Chisel. The drummer was one of the founding members and has even written songs for the band, like “When the War is Over” (which you can watch below).
The band broke up in 1983 and the musician later joined the Little River Band and did some solo work. The former group has done some work together since the split and were planning on doing another album this year. On their website a statement says:
“Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss. All our thoughts are with Steve’s loved ones at this difficult time.”
His death came in the same weekend that another Australian music star, Harvey James, lost his battle to cancer. After surgery Friday to remove the mass from his brain, Steve never regained consciousness and died Sunday afternoon.
Steve Prestwich had a full life and he will definitely be missed. What do you remember most about Cold Chisel’s drummer? Check out these pictures of his group and the video of one hit he wrote. But then, don’t forget to leave me your comments.
Photos: www.wenn.com/Robert Wallace