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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds pianist Conway Savage has died


Conway Savage, the influential pianist of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, has died aged 58.

Conway, who joined The Bad Seeds in 1990 and has been an integral member of the band since, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017.

Savage was in a number of bands since turning his hand to music back in 1980 including Happy Organs, The Feral Dinosaurs and Dust on the Bible before linking up with Cave to work on The Bad Seeds’ sixth album The Good Son. 

“Our beloved Conway passed away on Sunday evening”, the band confirmed in a statement.

“A member of Bad Seeds for nearly thirty years, Conway was the anarchic thread that ran through the band’s live performances. He was much loved by everyone, band members and fans like.

“Irascible, funny, terrifying, sentimental, warm-hearted, gentle, acerbic, honest, genuine – he was all of these things and quite literally “had the gift of a golden voice”, high and sweet and drenched in soul.”

Cave, offering an insight into his own personal experiences with Savage, wrote: ”On a drunken night, at four in the morning, in a hotel bar in Cologne, Conway sat at the piano and sang Streets of Laredo to us, in his sweet, melancholy style and stopped the world for a moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Goodbye Conway, there isn’t a dry eye in the house. Love, Nick and the Bad Seeds.”

Savage went on to he went on to play on many more Bad Seeds albums, including Murder BalladsThe Boatman’s CallAbattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!.