Jon Hiseman RIP

jdgmjdgm Frets: 26
edited June 12 in Tributes
Master drummer Jon Hiseman passed away in the early hours of June 12th; he had been suffering from a brain tumour.
Hiseman came to prominence with John Mayall ("Bare Wires") and started Colosseum when Mayall broke the band up.
Colosseum featured Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem Clempson (who replaced James Litherland) on guitar and later Chris Farlowe on vocals. I was fortunate enough to see them several times, including twice in this century; one of the best live acts I have ever seen.
When Clempson was asked to join Humble Pie, Hiseman immediately accepted that his guitarist couldn't pass the offer up and that led to the break-up of Colosseum. However Hiseman returned with Tempest (featuring Allan Holdsworth) and then Gary Moore in Colosseum II, and after that spent years in his wife Barbara Thompson's band - Paraphernalia. He was persuaded to reform Colosseum in 1994 and they played their final gig in 2015. His most recent project - apart from his biography - is the trio JCM; Jon, Clem, Mark (Clarke). The CD has only just been released. Hiseman is also the only drummer I can think of who has released a CD of drum solos - nothing else at all, just drum solos.
One of the very best; a great player and bandleader, he will be sorely missed.
RIP Jon, God bless you and thank you so much for the music which enriched my and many other lives.
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  • CarpeDiemCarpeDiem Frets: 103
    This is a great shame as he was incredibly talented. I saw him in the later version of Colosseum and was amazed at his skills, and I don't play drums.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 861
    I've got the Tempest album and a couple of Colosseum II ones.



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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1993
    Really sorry to hear that, great drummer.  I had the first Colosseum album, really enjoyed it.  RIP.

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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1649
    Interesting that his death was actually reported at the beginning of the month ! . I love those Colossuem II albums and virtually wore the vinyl out whilst sitting down learning all the Gary Moore parts 
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 3930
    The first I recall hearing Jon was with Colosseum when a young Gary Moore was with them - then later, on Andrew Lloyd Weber's Variations album - Then of course on certain tracks on Gary Moore's first solo album, back on the streets

    RIP Jon
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8444
    I learned of Jon's passing only recently. A sad loss indeed, he was a huge talent. I am fortunate enough to possess most of the Colosseum LPs plus Electric Savage ... and a DVD of the 1994 gig on Cologne which evidenced lots of knockout musicianship. Oh yes, and I've got Variations!


    RIP.
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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 629
    Yet another of our great musical talents gone. Thanks for all the pleasure you brought and RIP.
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