The Mountain has fallen.
Leslie West, who kicked out towering jams (with a towering hairdo) in foundational classic-rockers Mountain, has died at 75, his publicist confirmed to The Submit.
West suffered cardiac arrest at his dwelling close to Daytona, Florida on Monday and was hospitalized, by no means regaining consciousness, reported Rolling Stone.
On Tuesday, his brother, Larry West Weinstein, wrote on Fb that West’s coronary heart stopped and he had been placed on a ventilator, in line with the LA Occasions.
He’s survived by his spouse Jenni Maurer, whom he married onstage at a 2009 live performance commemorating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.
West laid down authoritative guitar riffs and chesty yowls in Mountain, a thundering energy trio rounded out by Felix Pappalardi on bass and Corky Laing on drums. The band’s contribution to the canon was the archetypal “Mississippi Queen,” a growling blues-rock quantity that includes pounding cowbell that went to No. 21 on Billboard’s Sizzling 100.
Burly New York native West lower an imposing determine onstage, along with his eccentric outfits and a Gibson that appeared tiny in his arms. Whereas the group shared its identify along with his first solo album, he joked that the trio was dubbed Mountain “as a result of I used to be so fats” and later named a solo document “The Nice Fatsby.”
One critic even referred to as him a “300-pounder wearing blue velvet, suede and snakeskin” in a live performance assessment, in line with Rolling Stone.
The group performed a set at the era-defining Woodstock pageant, the place West “had essentially the most amplifiers of anyone there,” he recalled to Rolling Stone in 1989. Mountain disbanded in 1972, however West continued to play with Laing, subbing in Cream bassist Jack Bruce for Pappalardi. He re-formed Mountain in 1974 and continued to play with completely different variations of the band for the following decade after a stalled solo profession (based mostly on the aforementioned “Fatsby”).
Like many rockers of his period, West struggled with medicine; his selection was heroin. His weight was a problem, too, and within the 1980s he was recognized with diabetes and misplaced the decrease half of his proper leg to the illness. Alongside the way in which, he added “actor” to his CV, showing in 1973’s “Household Honor” and 1986’s “The Cash Pit,” and in addition grew to become shut mates with Howard Stern, notching repeated appearances on the present.
His music additionally garnered a shock second act from the hip-hop group through the tune “Lengthy Pink,” which was sampled by De La Soul, The Recreation, ASAP Rocky, Kanye West and Jay-Z (for the man New Yorker’s most rocking tune, “99 Issues”).
”There was one thing about that tune that appealed to rappers,” West informed Blues Blast journal in 2015. “I’ve obtained six completely different platinum albums on my wall from all these completely different guys sampling my stuff.”
West was revered by his musical descendants. Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider tweeted that West was “one of the founding fathers of heavy steel” and Rolling Stone famous that recently-deceased guitar hero Eddie Van Halen hailed West as one of his early influences in 2011, calling the large man’s guitar tone “unimaginable.” And no much less a rock authority than Dave Grohl not too long ago lined “Mississippi Queen” for his digital “Hanukkah Periods” sequence.
West, who by no means actually stopped his output, releasing albums all via the 2000s, along with his most up-to-date in 2015, remained a fast wit who was nice with a quote into his later years. He informed Web page Six in 2007 that his new label was referred to as “Huge Rack Data” “as a result of my fiancée has a pleasant, large rack.”
“There’s no medicine for me,” he added, evaluating 2007 to his glory years. “Most of the stuff that occurred again then I don’t keep in mind.”