tommy atkins, bassist for the great tyrant and yeti, died at home yesterday. he'd had cardiac problems in the past and suffered a heart attack last spring. i suspect he knew he had a limited amount of time left, because he was back on the boards within a couple of weeks of his heart attack and gigged and recorded relentlessly with the tyrant for the past few months. he was a hulking onstage presence with a massive sound, but also a man of searching intelligence and quiet humor. he will be missed.
read a 2003 interview with tommy and his longtime friend and bandmate jon teague here. our hearts go out to all those who loved him.
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