R.I.P. former Alice Cooper bassist Erik Scott (1948-2019)
Sad news as former Alice Cooper bassist (and at one point, band leader) Erik Scott passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer.
The following message was posted on Scott‘s Facebook page by his wife Janie Mickie Scott earlier yesterday:
“Official announcement from Mickie Scott. It is with a very heavy heart, that I let you know that Erik Eski Scott has lost his battle with cancer today. Up to the end, he had expressed his love of music and his deep appreciation for having so many talented musicians and friends throughout his life. He was deeply moved by the love and support he received during his battle here at home and in the hospital. Please wish him well on his journey and know that we are so grateful for your support, and as Eski would say, “It’s never goodbye, but hang in there!””
Wikipedia states the following about Scott‘s time with Alice Cooper (with slight edits): “Erik Scott‘s work with Alice Cooper began in 1980, when he was hired as the bass player for the band’s Flush The Fashion world tour. By 1981, Scott had become the band leader for Alice Cooper, as well as a writer on songs for Cooper‘s new album Special Forces. Scott would continue writing and playing bass for Cooper through 1982, including on the album Zipper Catches Skin, which Scott co-produced, and performing in the TV special Alice Cooper a Paris. Scott would later be a producer on Alice Cooper‘s 1989 compilation album Prince of Darkness. Scott would work further with Alice Cooper on three compilation albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including The Life & Crimes of Alice Cooper in 1999 as a composer, and as producer on The Definitive Alice Cooper and Mascara & Monsters: The Best of Alice Cooper in 2001.”
Scott‘s musical career is summarized as follows (with slight edits): “Erik Scott (born January 17, 1948 – October 11, 2019) was an American bass guitar player, producer, and songwriter. Scott played bass for the band Flo & Eddie in the 1970s as well as Alice Cooper in the early 1980s, for whom he also produced. In the 1990s, he was one of the founding members of Sonia Dada, which reached the number one position on the Australian music charts with their debut album. Scott was also the co-writer of the song Father, Father, which was the title track for the Pops Staples‘ album of the same name, winner of the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. In 2008, he became a solo artist as well, with his debut album Other Planets. He has recorded four solo albums in total, including the 2016 ZMR Awards Album of the Year winner In the Company of Clouds.”
Alice Cooper‘s entire set at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, USA on October 10, 1981:
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