Bronz Guitarist Dies Of Suspected Heart Attack

Bronz Guitarist Dies Of Suspected Heart Attack

July 8, 2013

Shaun Kirkpatrick, the main guitarist and song writer in the UK band Bronz, died of a suspected heart attack over the weekend.

Bronz were one of the first British rock acts to hit America in the mid ’80s, touring behind their debut album ‘Taken By Storm’ which went on to sell over 200,000 albums worldwide. The single “Send Down An Angel” featured heavily on MTV and reached a top 10 position in the UK rock charts and top 20 in the rock album charts whilst they played stadiums in the U.S.

Shaun’s musical career started at the age of 6. At school he learned both the flugel and tenor horns to a level that took him to the National Brass Band final at the Royal Albert Hall London by the age of 10. At 18 he joined the Army as a musician, attended the Army school of music, and having — as the advert said — ‘seen the world’ completed his military career with two weeks in the Royal Tournament at London’s Earls Court playing a fanfare for the Queen.

Despite the demise of the original line-up, founding member Kirkpatrick found himself in a very enviable position. With a top producer in Max Norman (Ozzy Ozbourne) and full record company backing, Shaun set out to completely re-define the sound of the band, and with a completely new line-up recorded the band’s second album. The follow-up album, ‘Carried By The Storm’, recorded at Roundhouse and Powerplant studios, had to wait 25 years until it was released due to the band’s original record label going into receivership. After the success of the album Shaun got the band together again for select live shows and some radio gigs.

Shaun, having worked and gained experience in many studios around the world with many top producers and engineers, moved into freelance production and engineering for independent bands and labels. With many respected and successful commercial releases to his credit, Kirkpatrick worked with such artists as Van Morrison, on the ‘Enlightenment’ album, Huge Cornwell of the Stranglers, on the ‘Footprints In The Desert’ album, Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Phil Lanzon of Uriah Heep, but to name a few.

After reforming with original Bronz vocalist Max Bacon for the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales, Shaun and Max started writing and recording songs for their follow-up to ‘Carried By The Strom’, ‘Eye Of The Storm’.

As a father and husband his death was a complete shock and he will be sadly missed by his wife and children. For melodic rock fans worldwide and the music industry, they have lost a tunesmith whose works, like the jazz greats Shaun’s father loved, will no doubt be graced even greater accolades posthumously.

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