Heavens Edge band members pay tribute to deceased bandmate George “G.G.” Guidotti
With the news of Heavens Edge bassist George “G.G.” Guidotti‘s passing away last weekend starting to sink in, the remaining Heavens Edge band members Mark Evans (vocals), Reggie Wu (guitar), Steve Parry (guitar) and Dave Rath (drums) are starting to publicly open up about the impact of Guidotti‘s passing and what he meant to them.
The following statement was released on behalf of the band and posted on Wu‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of our brother George “G.G.” Guidotti who succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday, August 18th 2019. He was 57 years old.
We met George in the summer of 1987 as we were putting the band together, and our lives would never be the same again. His impact was immediate. Once George joined the band, we knew the five of us would be set for life as brothers no matter what the rock and roll world had in store for us.
George took the band’s stage show to the highest of highs. He never settled for anything less than the best for every one of us because he wanted our audiences to leave feeling their expectations were exceeded night after night. No one appreciated the audience more than George.
For George, it wasn’t just enough to give it 110% on stage, he never let up off stage as well. If there were people laughing, or a good time was being had around the band, there was no question who was at the center of it all. George. Everywhere he went he was the catalyst for complete and total hilarious, rowdy insanity. But George was also thoughtful and compassionate. He would go to the ends of the earth for people in need.
George was not perfect, as none of us are. But with George, he never hid his imperfections. He wore them on his sleeve out in the open for all to see. He was honest about the lifestyle he lived. When told he had lung cancer, he said to all of us, “What the hell did you expect?? I’ve been smoking since I was 10 years old!!” And then he laughed the way he always did. He didn’t want to go. But he knew his time on this earth was going to be cut short.
For those who saw the second go ‘round with Heavens Edge, you saw a guy in George who defied aging. He was more energetic in his 50’s than most people are in their 20’s. His smile, ridiculous energy and pure love for being on stage reminded us that the band actually did “make it”. We made it because we found our brothers for life. We made it in the areas that count the most and we have George to thank for that.
George “G.G.” Guidotti was a rock star. He didn’t make the money that some do. But he was a rock star just as much as any of them can be.
We are going to miss him.
Mark, Reggie, Steve and Dave”
The following message was posted on Evans‘ Facebook page yesterday evening:
“I’ve been having a lot of trouble coming up with the words when it comes to losing George. We were brothers, family for life. We shared some of the best and worst times of our lives together. Good and bad family first. Today my son Justin gave me the gift of this video backstage before the last Heavens Edge show at the Trocadero. This is the man I will remember for life, not the man I kissed goodbye yesterday. I love you and will miss you always ?”
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