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Artist News: Paul Kopecky, Of The Prog Trio Kopecky, Dies At Age 37

Posted on Saturday, June 27 @ 17:32:34 UTC by nightowl

Paul Kopecky (1971-2009)

"We are deeply saddened to announce that our brother Paul James Kopecky passed away on June 22, 2009 due to complications related to juvenile diabetes. He was only 37 years old.

For the past two years KOPECKY was unable to play because of Paul's deteriorating health. We hoped beyond hope to play together again, but unfortunately it was not to be.

Paul was an exceptional drummer whose unique style shaped and helped define the KOPECKY sound. His drumming was powerful but precise, innovative but instinctive, and always, always tasteful. He played selflessly, crafting his parts to suit the song, not his ego. We were always suprised by his phenomenal talent, and we often marveled at how he could, with a minimum of practice, play extremely complicated tracks in just one or two takes in the recording studio. And in concert, Paul was solid as bedrock and played his absolute best despite being frequently ill on stage.

His excellent drumming can be heard on all five KOPECKY CD's: Kopecky (Mellow, 1999), Serpentine Kaleidoscope (Cyclops, 2000), Orion (M.A.C.E., 2001), Sunset Gun (Musea, 2003), and Blood (Unicorn Digital, 2006).

The world of progressive rock has lost an amazing drummer, and this planet has lost one of the kindest, most warm-hearted souls that ever walked the earth. He will surely be missed by many.

Thanks to all friends and fans who have offered their condolences. Your kind words are deeply appreciated.

With love and respect,
Joe and William Kopecky"

Note: Updated 7/14 with official press release from William Kopecky; original item was article from The Journal Times

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