We hear or read titles like this in the news every day but rarely do you expect to know a person involved.
Last Thursday in a Northern suburb of Chicago a 23 year old woman wanting to "end it all" drove her speeding car directly into another vehicle stopped at a red light. Her suicide attempt failed but she did manage to kill all three people inside the other car.
The deceased are:
Michael Dahlquist, 39 ( drummer of Silkworm)
John Glick, 35 (guitarist and singer with The Returnables)
Douglas Meis, 29 (drumer in The Dials)
I am saddened to type any of this but it’s especially difficult when I have lost a friend among such a tragedy. Knowing Michael Dahlquist as a person was an honor and the music he has left behind is better than remarkable. Among many other things, I will forever remember him for being the one drummer who hit his kit so damn hard that I actually feared standing too close to him when he played. I recall genuine fear and awe as shards of wood splintered off from his sticks traveling like bullets into the crowd song after song.
God damn that man could decimate a kit and it’s an unbelievable shame to have to say good-bye.
I am having a hard time finding a more recent update but here is what I found on the Silkworm message board. ( http://www.silkworm.net/ )
“There will be an informal get together at Electrical Audio (www.electrical.com) on Monday starting around 6:30. Everyone is welcome to bring drinks and/or food, and of course everyone is welcome, period.”
I will post more info as I get it.
An amazing memorial from Steve Albini on MD can be found here :