Wednesday, February 12, 2014

R.I.P. Wayne Garner

California based progressive rock band Magellan co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Wayne Gardner died from a self inflicted use of a firearm on February 10th.

Wayne had been suffering for the past few years from a brain tumor that brought him constant pain and migraines. Although some medical help brought temporary relief, the pain finally had the better of him.

Wayne and his brother Trent formed Magellan in 1985 at the height of the Neo-Prog movement brought on by UK bands like Marillion, Pallas, IQ, and Pendragon. They are best known for their 2002 release Hundred Year Flood containing the majestic epic called The Great Goodnight.

Their last album released was Innocent God in 2007, although they have remained active by releasing singles through iTunes. They had been in the process of recording and releasing a new album, Inert Momentum.

Their latest release was a single called Cynic's Anthem, released on iTunes in November 2013. You can hear it here.

Trent Gardner has written a wonderful and thought provoking post on the band's website. You can read it here.

Our thoughts are with Wayne's family and friends.

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