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Top 5 songs dedicated to "departed" rock legends

Honouring musicians through song - the medium they knew best - ensures that their memory will live on forever....

Touching songs dedicated to "gone" rock idols

In the music world, premature death is all too common. Driven by sleepless nights, substance use and excessive alcohol consumption, many popular bands have lost members too early... At times, the pressure coming from the title of "rock stars", becomes too much, and mental health problems are only exacerbated by a lack of routine and grounding. As the stories Ian Curtis or Kurt Cobain...all of this is the absolute truth, which leads to extremely unfortunate consequences.....

Songs - the perfect vehicle to honour those we have lost. Throughout the centuries, musical elegies have been performed to honour the dead, from Gabriel Fauré's classic "Elegy" to Bob Dylan's "Roll on, John" in honour of the late Beatle John Lennon. Thus, honouring musicians through song - the medium they knew best - ensures that their memory will live on forever. There are countless examples of songs written to honour fallen bandmates, from AC/DC's "Black in Black" to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dosed". However, here's one our five tracks, which we think particularly stand out as memorable tributes to incredible rock legends...

George Harrison - "All Those Years Ago"

John Lennon
John Lennon

When John Lennon tragically died in 1980, fans. The Beatles understandably distraught... However, the toll this gruesome event took on his band mates was far greater. Despite the difficulties the group faced as it approached its "finale," all of the members were tremendously part of each other's lives and couldn't quite believe their friend had been shot.

A year after it happened. George Harrison wrote a touching track in memory of his late friend. Appearing on his solo album. "Somewhere in England", song "All Those Years Ago" - is a moving elegy to Lennon featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, marking the first reunion of the remaining members of the band since 1970.

New Order - "Elegia"

Ian Curtis...
Ian Curtis

New Ordera band that was the new incarnation Joy Division, proved the strength of her musical prowess by presenting a powerful and emotional tribute to her former frontman Ian Curtis. Without any text, "Elegia." sparkles with sombre synths, while the band's signature guitar sound thunders in the background...

Peter Hook has often expressed the grief and guilt he feels years after Curtis' death, saying:

"It was heartbreaking to throw it all away and never promote 'Closer', never promote 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', put it in a box, just put it in the furthest shelf of the cupboard. But we did that, and reincarnated ourselves as New Order."

Foo Fighters - "Friend of a Friend"

Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana during the recording of MTV Unplugged on 18 November 1993 in New York.
Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana during the recording of MTV Unplugged on 18 November 1993 in New York.

Dave Grohl presented a delicate song in memory of the grunge icon, his former mate Kurt Cobainwith an acoustic guitar in "Friend of a Friend". Although this track appeared on the Foo Fighters' 2005 album In Your Honour, it was originally written (and secretly recorded) in 1990.

"Friend of a Friend" - A fitting tribute to the Nirvana frontman, and you can certainly hear Cobain's influence on the track's acoustic sound. Grohl sings: "He says 'Nevermind' (a reference to the Nevermind album), and when he plays, nobody talks," alluding to the breathtaking Cobain's influence on the public

Ringo Starr - "Never Without You"

George Harrison
George Harrison

Although Ringo was never the strongest member of The Beatles and had the weakest solo discography, his touching tribute George Harrisonreleased in 2003, cannot be forgotten.

Starr was closest to Harrison of all the Beatles, especially after the breakup, so he wrote "Never Without You"to express his sadness at the loss of his mate.....

"We were young, we had fun,
We were invincible.
Our time has come, one morning.
We woke up famous.
Crazy days, restless nights,
Limousines and the dazzling spotlight,
All this we shared brotherly..."

The Rolling Stones - "Shine a Light"

Brian Jones

The Rolling Stones lost their founder Brian Jones after growing problems with substances and alcohol led to him being fired and tragically drowning in his own swimming pool in 1969. Mick Jagger originally wrote "Shine a Light" in 1968, detailing Jones' addiction. However, after his death, Jagger edited the text to pay tribute to his former friend and bandmate.....

Released in 1972 as part of the album "Exile on Main St.", the song is an optimistic celebration of Jones, despite his sad story. Jagger wishes his friend all the best in the afterlife, humming:

"May God shine a light on you
May every song you sing become your favourite tune..."

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