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    Musician collapses during concert finale and dies

    Musician collapses during birthday concert finale and dies

    By JACOB JORDAN and JEFF MARTIN, AP / 5:54 pm ET Tue May 02, 2017

    ATLANTA (AP) When Col. Bruce Hampton slowly fell to his knees during the finale of his star-studded birthday concert, fans and musicians alike thought it was another one of his quirky performance acts.

    Fourteen-year-old guitar phenom Brandon "Taz" Niederauer tore into a blistering solo as the 70-year-old man lay motionless at his feet, his arm draped over a speaker.

    For several more minutes, dozens of musicians including John Popper of Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band and John Bell of Widespread Panic jammed away to one of Hampton's favorite songs "Turn On Your Love Light." The fans danced and the musicians smiled as they waited for him to get up.

    But Col. Bruce never did...


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    Banjo player the Rev. Jeff Mosier said in a tearful Facebook post that the show was joyful, yet eerie.

    "And then at the end, Bruce looked like he was jokingly worshipping that young guitar player. And he got down on his knees and I was getting ready to do the same thing. ... I was lucky to know him and I was lucky to be there."

    Hampton founded several bands, including the Hampton Grease Band and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and had a knack for surrounding himself with talented musicians, including Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Jimmy Herring of Widespread Panic.

    While wealth and fame eluded him, he was widely acknowledged as an influence on other leading musicians. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones, guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M and drummer Jon Fishman of Phish were among the dozens of performers who honored him on Monday night.

    Hampton was also an actor and played the role of a songwriting band manager in Billy Bob Thornton's 1996 film "Sling Blade."
    Born Gustav Berglund III in Knoxville, Tennessee, he changed his name to Col. Bruce Hampton as an adult and started his career with Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, appearing on "We're Only in It for the Money" in 1967 and "Lumpy Gravy" in 1968, according to Variety .

    Hampton showed no sign anything was amiss before his collapse. He appeared on stage early in the four-hour night, conducting and singing with a band. Later, he played and sang several tunes, including "I'm So Glad" as well as "Fixin' to Die," a song he had performed many times before. This time, though, the lyrics turned out to be prophetic:

    Feeling funny in my mind, Lord
    I believe I'm fixing to die

    Well, I don't mind dying

    But I hate to leave my children crying
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