It was with deep sadness that I heard the news today of the passing of Dale Griffin, aged 67. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease at aged 58 and it was that which eventually led to his passing yesterday.
He will be fondly remembered as the drummer and a founding member of Mott the Hoople but also as a Producer for a wide variety of bands like Hanoi Rocks, Department S, New Model Army (though I'm fairly certain that he produced them for The Janice Long Show Sessions on the BBC) and many others. Also for those of us who are were listeners to John Peel between 1981-1994 he produced Peel Sessions for the likes of Bolt Thrower, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Pulp to name but a few.
When it was announced in 2009 that Mott the Hoople were to play a series of Reunion shows Dale had been too ill to play the whole show but did come out for the encores (Martin Chambers of The Pretenders stood in his stead)