Tributes paid as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds pianist Conway Savage dies age 58

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have paid tribute to their long-time piano and organ player, Conway Savage, who has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The Australian musician, who was in a number of bands including Happy Organs, The Feral Dinosaurs and Dust on the Bible before joining Nick Cave in 1990 for the sixth Bad Seeds album The Good Son, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017.

Savage died, age 58, on Sunday (2 September), the Bad Seeds confirmed in a statement.

The statement continued: “A member of Bad Seeds for nearly 30 years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances. He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans like. Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally ‘had the gift of a golden voice’, high and sweet and drenched in soul.

“On a drunken night, at four in the morning, in a hotel bar in Cologne, Conway sat at the piano and sang Streets of Laredo to us, in his sweet, melancholy style and stopped the world for a moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Goodbye Conway, there isn’t a dry eye in the house.”

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