In tragic news this weekend, the drummer for popular band Crowded House, Peter Jones, has died following a long battle with brain cancer.
Jones, who according to News Limited lost his battle on Friday, joined the band in 1994 after founding drummer Paul Hester quit. Hester, who a long history with depression, took his own life in 2005 hanging himself from a tree near his Melbourne home.
Neil Finn and the other remaining members of Crowded House saluted their drummer in a stamtent prepared for the media. “We are in mourning today for the death of Peter Jones,” they wrote.
“We remember him as a warm hearted, funny and talented man, who was a valuable member of Crowded House. He played with style and spirit. We salute him and send our love and best thoughts to his family and friends.”
Neil Finn also paid his respects to his former bandmate on Twitter writing:
Iamvery sad toheartonight that Peter Jones has died . ..agreatman and a wonderful drummer. RIP Pete
— neil mullanefinn (@neilmullanefinn) May 18, 2012
Formed in 1985, Crowded House managed to achieve both critical and commercial success, something that alludes most musicians or artists. Iconic songs including ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Something So Strong’ help cement their legacy.
They split in 1996, and Jones played the iconic Farewell To The World concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1996. In 2007 when the band decided to reform again, but they decided to put former Beck drummer Matt Sherrod behind the drums due to Jones’ illness.