Simon Oberender: Beyond The Bridge Continue Without Keyboardist
Beyond the Bridge have vowed to continue without tragic keyboardist Simon Oberender, who died suddenly last month.
The German outfit say they’ve given some thought to the matter before deciding to commence work on a second album.
Oberender, whose cause of death has not been given, passed away just days after an appearance at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta. He’d previously worked with Trillium, Avantasia, Edguy, Epica and Kamelot, with credits including vocalist and producer.
The band say: “We will be completely honest – we were asking ourselves if there was going to be a Beyond the Bridge without Simon. Besides losing a very good friend we also lost an incredible musician and our trusted adviser. He was the core of our band.
“Simon truly lived for the music. His abilities as sound engineer and producer were outstanding; and he was such a very good young man.
“He enjoyed so much about talking about the future of this band. We will need some time to organise ourselves, but we will continue. And if it’s only to remember Simon, there will be a second album. A grand album – the best CD you could possibly imagine, because that’s all he deserves.”
Meanwhile, Trillium colleague Amanda Somerville has posted a tribute video to Oberender, consisting of footage shot by her and friends over the years.
She says: “With tremendous sadness I mourn the passing of an amazing friend. It causes me, and all of us who knew and loved this incredibly talented man, great pain.
“He was a bright and happy soul. While editing this together I found myself laughing along with him through my tears. Simonovsky, you are, and ever shall be, sorely missed.”