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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I heard the news today, Mick Cocks has passed away.

Mick Cocks legendary guitarist and founding member of Rose Tattoo.

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Legendary Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo has lost another member to cancer, with guitarist and founding member Mick Cocks succumbing to liver cancer in a Sydney hospital.

"We're very sad to announce that Rose Tattoo founding member and guitarist Mick Cocks lost his battle against liver cancer and passed away today, on December 22th," said a statement on the band's website yesterday.

Cocks, who was one of the band's main songwriters, had been battling the disease for about twelve months.

Singer Angry Anderson said he felt like he had lost a son.

"I knew him the longest out of all of the guys. He supplied the music to the first two albums and most recent one, Blood Brothers. He made a hell of a contribution to Australian music."

Rose Tattoo is one of Australia's most respected overseas bands. The heavily tattooed band's blues-influenced rock anthems include We Can't Be Beaten, Scarred for Life, Rock 'n' Roll Outlaw and Bad Boy for Love

The hard-living band has now lost four of its members. Drummer " Digger Royal" died in 1991 and fellow guitarists Ian Rilen and Pete Wells died in 2006 and Lobby Loyde died in 2007 — all to cancer.

Anderson admitted that the band was paying the price for its hard living.

"We're losing them hand over fist these days and it's very hard seeing them all go before you but what we do is what we do. I've spoken to returned servicemen who have lost a handful of friends in a small space of time, and it doesn't get any easier. It's not like we didn't know the risks we were taking, but would we change any of it? No way.


Old Mick always had a smoke hanging out of his gob.



Rest in peace Mick. I think I will go and have a beer for ya.

1 comment:

WLT NSW said...

Rose Tattoo are my favourite Aussie Hard Rock band of all time. I remember seeing them performing at the Bondi Pavilion way back in the late Seventies, before they even had an album out.

They, along with Motorhead, Ducati's and Triumphs with open pipes, are largely responsible for the very poor state of my hearing.

God bless 'em, every one. May they live forever in the great hall of Rock 'n' Roll.