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March 16, 2005

Original drummer, songwriter for BLACKFOOT, Jakson “Thunderfoot” Spires passed away this morning in Ft Pierce, FL from a massive brain aneurism. Jakson was a primary songwriter in Blackfoot during 70’s and 80’s that yielded classics like “Highway Song”, “Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie”, “On The Run” and the incredible ballad “Diary of a Working Man”. Jakson’s contribution to Blackfoot helped make the band platinum status rock stars in the UK and preferred worldwide touring partners of Ted Nugent, The Who, Iron Maiden and The Scorpions. The powerhouse of Spires, Rickey Medlocke, Greg T. Walker and Charlie Hargrett proved that the sum of each part was bigger than the total of any one member…..they collectively reinvented the phrase “Take NO Prisoners!”. Upon the initial breakup of Blackfoot, Jakson formed The Southern Rock Allstars and continued to tour with former members of Rossington/Collins Band & Molly Hatchet. Recently Blackfoot reunited with Greg T. Walker, Charlie Hargrett, Jakson and Bobby Barth, replacing now Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke. The band was is in the process of gearing up for a worldwide tour in 2005 and reports from the band say the tour will happen. Details from the band are available at

Jakson Spires was and will always be a true friend to rock & roll. To his credit, millions of rock fans around the world are wealthier souls to have seen, heard or known him.

R.I.P. Jak

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