Primal Scream Guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young Dead At 49
Robert "Throb" Young, former guitarist of legendary Scottish alternative rock band Primal Scream, was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday (Sept. 9) afternoon. He was 49 years old. The cause of death has not yet been determined, though The Guardian reports that police are not treating his death as suspicious.
Primal Scream was formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982 by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie, with Young joining soon afterwards as the band's bassist. By the release of the band's second album Primal Scream in 1989, Young had switched over to guitar. He played on eight of the band's albums, including their classic Mercury Prize-winner Screamadelica in 1991, before leaving in 2006.
Primal Scream members Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes issued a statement regarding Young's death:
"We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr 'Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable.'
He was a true rock and roller. He walked the walk. He had "Heart & Soul" tattooed on his arm and I'm sure on his heart too. He once said to me "when we go onstage it's a war between us and the audience." He never let go of that attitude.
Our love and thoughts are with his sons Brandon and Miles and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family."
The final Primal Scream album that Young performed on was 2006's Riot City Blues. The band's most recent album More Light was released in 2013.
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