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Date Posted: 01:52:16 01/12/08 Sat
Author: Lemmy Caution - London, England
Subject: Rest In Peace Dave

I'm upset to hear the news about Dave Day passing away. Not only was an integral part of one of the greatest bands ever, he was also a really, really nice guy. This is pretty unusual in the world of rocknroll, where the maxim about it being unwise to meet your idols usually rings true. I made the pilgrimige to Benidorm in Spain a few years back to see the first Monks show on European soil in 30 something years, and it remains the best live perormance I've ever seen - brimming with all the energy, sound, spirit and chaos that made their album so great. We got to meet the Monks the day before at the premiere of Transatlantic Feedback where they were hanging out with their families - welcoming to everyone who went over to talk to them, posing for pictures and signing records. Dave in particular stood out as being really excited to be playing again and at last getting recognition for the revolutionary music they had made years before. Seeing his beaming smile on stage you could tell he was having an absolute ball. A couple of years later, my own band who are named after the Monks (Black Time) were granted the supreme honour of opening up for them at their London show, which is my favourite moment of playing music by a country mile. Once again, the Monks rocked the room to the rafters with everyone in the venue going crazy to the overbeat, and Dave was on top form - I remember as Eddie and Gary were tuning up at the beginning of their set, Dave was at the side of the stage doing the twist to "Posion Ivy" by the Coasters blasting out over the p.a., warming himself up for the blitzkrieg to come! I spent a while chatting to him again afterwards, about how much they'd enjoyed the tour, his own solo singles and his family. He just came over as a genuinely warm, friendly guy with a total belief in the transformative power of rocknroll. An absolute diamond of a man. So sorry to hear the sad news. Your example will continue to inspire us.

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