Tommy Keene (1958 – 2017)

Such terrible and sad news to report. Legendary power pop singer-songwriter Tommy Keene has died. From his website:

Power-pop legend, acclaimed singer-songwriter, and venerated guitarist Tommy Keene has died.

The 59 year-old Keene passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday. Keene – who recorded for Geffen, Matador Records, and Second Motion, among others – built an impressive and acclaimed catalog over the course of his nearly 40-year career, spanning eleven full-lengths, four EPs, three compilations, and a live album.

Hailed by fans, critics and fellow musicians for the moving and consistently high quality of his pop songcraft, he was also consummate rock and roller. Over the course of his career, Keene worked with a range of artists who admired his work, including The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, the Goo Goo Dolls, and the Gin Blossoms, among others.

Keene is survived by his longtime partner, Michael Lundsgaard, his father Robert Keene, step-mother Dorothy Keene, brother Bobby Keene, nephews Hunter and Jason Keene, and his beloved dog, Coco.

Deepest sympathy to his partner and family, and to his many, many friends – there is such an outpouring of love for him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here are Paul, Tommy, Ken Chastain and Josh Freese performning “Ain’t Got Me” on The Tonight Show.

And Paul and Tommy doing “Love Untold” on Letterman, with Paul Schaffer and the house band.

This is the title track from Tommy’s 1984 EP “Places That Are Gone”, which was voted EP of The Year in the Village Voice Pazz & Jop.

Musicians and fans react to the death of power pop singer-songwriter Tommy Keene – LA Times
Tommy Keene Dead at 59 – Billboard
Tommy Keene, dead at 59 (read tributes from Guided by Voices, Ted Leo & more) – Brooklyn Vegan