So did Kiss' guitar tech :-( The really crazy part was he was only 52 & both Gene & Paul had it & they are in their 70's & only had mild symptoms. Meanwhile the guitar tech died within a day or two :-(. All 3 were fully vac'd & they run one of the tightest ships in rock with COVID. Many bands are "bubbled" (not allowing anyone outside of their fully vac'd bubble backstge), but they were not only bubbled, but also traveled with a FT COVID Safety Officer.
Many bands are bubbled so tight that they aren't seeing friends & I heard that Steve Martin's show didn't allow his own sister backstage b/c she wasn't bubbled with them.
Colin Powell was old & had cancer & Parkinson's, so a lot of health issues. Still it's crazy how some ppl don't even know they have it, others just have mild symptoms & this poor guitar tech, 1/4 century younger than the other guys in the band who were just mildly sick, died immediately He'd been Paul's tech for over 20 years.
Gen Powell has his detractors, but I always admired him. I wish he had run for president, but he said he did not want to expose his family to the kind of mudslinging it involved - maybe it was just as well. Despite having come up in the Army and seen some rough action, he always struck me as more of a diplomat and statesman.
Wow. Prostate cancer is treatable, if caught early enough. Must not have in his case. RIP, Gunther, you'll be missed. But you'll live on for future generations in the Friends reruns. I loved that character.
They had a great intro at Colin Powell's funeral today. After President Biden and Jill walked in and sat down, the Marine Band started playing "Dancing Queen" by Abba. I said what the heck, this is a State Funeral. But heard on the news and read that it was his favorite song of all time, he used to dance to it all the time with his wife, and get up and sing it with bands. So, that was a nice tribute that she did that for him. The rest of the funeral was very somber, very nicely done, the whole thing.
Here is the video of the Washington Cathedral when the Bidens sat down and the band started to play.