Michael Been 1950-2010

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Monday 23rd August 2010

Veteran American rock man Michael Been dies aged 60

AMERICAN rock singer and songwriter Michael Been died of a heart attack on 19th August in Belgium. He was working as a soundman for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the band who features Michael's son Robert. Michael Been is best known for his work with '80s band The Call. Cross Rhythms will publish a feature article about Michael in the next few days. CR

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Posted by Wolfgang in Germany @ 11:51 on Aug 24 2010

It's sad to hear this news. I always did like The Call and also his solo album 'On the verge of a nervous breakthrough'. There was also a movie about a drug dealer with good songs by Michael Been. In their best moments The Call did sound al lot like The Band and Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson did like The Call that much that they produced them or played together with them on their albums.

Posted by Alec B in California @ 19:25 on Aug 23 2010

I met Michael (Max) and Scotty and Tom in the late 70's in Santa Cruz when they were morphing from Airtight into The Call. I probably saw them 100 times and a partner of mine and I promoted a show with them at The Boarding House in San Francisco.
Michael's booming, angst filled, emotional voice is to be unmatched amongst those who attempt to sing Rock and as a bassist his talent was and is in the same category as John Entwistle. Thoughtful, melodic and completely groove-laden.
As artists go, Michael was in that elite category called 'original'.
As a non-religious sort the only thing I can say even though it's a stretch for me is, God Speed Max. You will be sorely missed.

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