10,000 Maniacs Guitarist Dead at 42
Rob Buck, lead guitarist for the rock band 10,000 Maniacs, died of complications from liver failure Tuesday, reports the Associated Press. He was 42. According to Blair Woods, the band's publicist, Buck died at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "Rob was a great guitarist and very underrated," band member Dennis Drew told the Buffalo News. "He had a big influence on other bands. This is a very sad time for all of us." Buck formed 10,000 Maniacs with Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in 1981, taking their name from the 1964 horror film "2,000 Maniacs." Buck wrote the music for some of the band's best-known hits, including "Hey Jack Kerouac," and "What's the Matter Here?" In the early '90s, the band sold millions of records and played at President Clinton's first inaugural ball. The 10,000 Maniacs, who still have a devoted following, have set up a cyber-grief counseling service online (okay, message board) at www.maniacs.com. They've also posted the lyrics to the song "These Are Days" -- co-written by Merchant and Buck -- as a tribute to Buck.
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