Nuclear Blast Comment On Gotthard Singer’s Death

Steve Lee, R.I.P.

Yesterday afternoon in Nevada, Gotthard frontman Steve Lee died in a fatal motorcycle accident. He was only 48 years old. In the wake of his passing, the band’s label — Nuclear Blast — has issued the following statement. It’s a sad day indeed.

“The world has lost one of its greatest rock singers: Gotthard frontman Steve Lee was killed accidentally during a motorcycle trip in the USA on Interstate 15 between Mesquite and Las Vegas and died at the scene,” the label says in a statement confirming Lee’s passing. “The Gotthard singer had flown to the U.S. with some biker friends just this weekend to fulfill a long-cherished dream for which he’d never had the time due to his heavy touring schedule for many years. It was to be two weeks through the States on a Harley-Davidson.”

Fuck. The dude was out there, living out a lifelong ambition, and died doing it. Man, this fucking sucks shit. “The 21 Swiss bikers started their journey on Sunday on a total of 12 motorcycles. On Tuesday, about 50 miles from Las Vegas, the group had stopped at the roadside to put on their rain gear as it had started to rain. On the slippery road, the trailer of a passing truck began to skid. The driver attempted evasive action but his trailer clipped five of the motorcycles parked at the roadside; one of them hit Steve Lee.”

Rescue works spent 20 minutes at the scene trying to resuscitate Lee, but those efforts were fruitless. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“With Steve Lee, we not only lose one of the world’s best rock voices but also an extraordinary personality,” the statement concludes. “Despite his enormous success, the Ticino singer had retained a very subtle eye for detail and often impressed the people around him with his sensitive observation. Due to his personality, he had a serious outlook, without losing his sense of humor and lust for life. Steve Lee met his environment with respect but always had, in his gentle way, a very simple, personal touch.”

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Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.