Beyond The Bridge’s Simon Oberender Dies
German prog outfit Beyond the Bridge have announced the death of keyboardist and guitarist Simon Oberender.
No cause has been identified for his sudden passing, which took place soon after the band appeared at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta – their first-ever US show.
He was also known for his keyboard work with Trillium, Avantasia and Edguy plus vocal services for Epica, Rhapsody of Fire and he’d recorded parts of Kamelot’s forthcoming album Silverthorn.
Beyond the Bridge say in a brief statement: “We deeply mourn the passing away of Simon Oberender, our producer, bandmate, and above all, best friend there will ever be.
“There are no words that could describe our loss. Simon, we will always miss you.”
The band released their debut album, The Old Man and the Spirit, earlier this year on Frontiers Records.