Very few people pass away doing what they love, but on May 1st, whilst performing an encore at his 70th birthday concert, Colonel Bruce Hampton collapsed on stage. He was rushed to the hospital minutes later and died soon after.
Col. Bruce Hampton, born Gustav Valentine Berglund III, was known for not only his solo work, but as a key contributor to Hampton Grease Band, The Late Bronze Age, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance and many more. Hampton was renowned in the world of avant garde rock and is one of the “patriarchs of jam bands”.
His first group, Hampton Grease Band caught eyes and ears with crazy antics on stage that landed them a deal on Columbia. The released the double album Music to Eat, which is famously the poorest selling record on the label, second only to a yoga instructional. Beyond a goofy persona and guitar solo proficiency, Hampton also made a foray into acting with appearances in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sling Blade, Outside Out, and a Run the Jewel’s music video.