Magellan’s Wayne Gardner Dies
Prog regretfully reports that Magellan guitarist and bassist Wayne Gardner has died.
In a short post on the band’s website, his brother and band vocalist and keyboard player Trent announced: “Today, my brother Wayne Gardner, died from a self inflicted use of a firearm. Our family is devastated by his loss and in a state of shock. I prefer not to relay any further details until I know all the facts myself. I will always cherish our time as kids growing up and our life in pursuit of music. All the effort and joy of our unique experience is what I want to think about now. His young family is my immediate concern. Please say a prayer for his eternal soul and for his family. We all love you Wayne and hope peace in God are with you. Your loyal brother…”
Magellan formed in 1985 and released their debut album Hour Of Restoration on the Magna Carta label in 1991 and follow-up Impending Ascension in 1993. They were one of the band’s alongside Dream Theater and Spock’s Beard, who flew the flag for modern day progressive rock music in America as well as helping keeping progressive music in the public eye throughout the 90s downturn.
Since the release of 2007′s Innocent God the band had been releasing various excellent works on iTunes and were in the process of writing a new studio album, to be titled Inert Momentum. Our thoughts are with the Gardner family.