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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 11:04:36 AM

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COLD Chisel Steve Prestwich has died from a brain tumour at the age of 56.

The one time Little River Band drummer has become the second Australian music legend to lose his cancer battle, with Sherbet guitarist Harvey James passing away on Saturday night.

Steve's brother Simon confirmed to Undercover that Steve passed away on Sunday at around 3.30pm.

Prestwich was born in Liverpool, England but moved to Adelaide, Australia when his family migrated in 1971.

He was was a founding member of the band Orange in 1973, featuring Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Don Walker and Les Kaczmarek.

In 1974, they changed their name to Cold Chisel.

In Cold Chisel, Steve Prestwich wrote the now classics ‘When The War Is Over’ and ‘Forever Now’ and co-wrote ‘Flame Trees’ with Don Walker.

He also wrote ‘Best Kept Lies’ from Chisel’s classic ‘East’ album.

After Chisel broke up in 1983, Steve joined Little River Band who also recorded ‘When The War Is Over’, with John Farnham as lead singer.

He has released two solo albums ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ in 2000 and ‘Every Highway’ in 2009.

Only 56, R I P

Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 4:02:16 PM

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Cold Chisel drummer passes away
January 17, 2011 - 4:59PM


The Cold Chisel bandmates of rock drummer and songwriter Steve Prestwich say they are shattered by his death.

Prestwich passed away on Sunday afternoon, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour less than two weeks ago, a notice posted on the band's website said.

He never regained consciousness after undergoing an operation last Friday.

"Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss," the band's website said.

"All of our thoughts are with Steve's loved ones at this difficult time."

The death of Prestwich, 56, comes after the weekend passing of Sherbet guitarist Harvey James, 58, who had been suffering from lung cancer.

Both Cold Chisel and Sherbet were highly influential in the Australian music scene in the 1970s and 1980s and each was responsible for some of the nation's best loved songs.

Prestwich was born in Liverpool, England and was the oldest of seven brothers, according to the website.

He played his first gig, for which he was paid two pounds, at age 11 at the Everton Soccer Support Club in 1965, and put the money toward buying a drum kit.

After emigrating to Australia in 1971, he settled in Adelaide where he came into contact with Barnes and his older brother John Swan before joining Cold Chisel in 1973.

He co-wrote and wrote some of Cold Chisel's greatest hits, including Forever Now, When The War is Over and Flame Trees (with Don Walker).

Prestwich also played with Little River Band after Cold Chisel first disbanded in 1984, before rejoining the band when it reformed in 1997.

His debut solo album, Since You've Been Gone, was released in August 2000.

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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 5:03:11 PM
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Very sad news :(

I fear brain tumors are going to skyrocket in the next few decades with the rise of mobile phones.
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