Dave Greenfield, singer/songwriter and keyboardist of English punk band The Stranglers, has passed away last night from complications dealing with the coronavirus at the age of 71, according to Brooklyn Vegan. According to a statement released by Greenfield’s family, the keyboardist had pre-existing heart problems prior to his coronavirus diagnosis. Greenfield tested positive for the virus last Sunday.
Greenfield was an integral member of The Stranglers, who pioneered the British punk rock scene throughout the 1970’s. His hypnotizing keyboard ability and unique style were a vital part of the band’s success, as his playing on songs like “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself),” “Golden Brown” “and “No More Heroes” dove the band forward.
Many of Greenfield’s bandmates spoke out about Greenfield at the time of his death; The Stranglers bassist JJ Burnell called Greenfield his “great friend and longstanding college,” as well as a “musical genius”. Drummer Jet Black remarked that he was a “huge talent” and a “natural in music,” and noted that the singer was “adored by millions” when they would tour. Guitarist and co-vocalist Baz Warne called Greenfield a “true innovator, musical legend, and one of my dearest friends today,” and remarked on the memories the two of them built up playing an touring together for 20 years. Lastly, Sil Wilcox, the band’s manager, called Greenfield “kind, generous soul who had time for anyone and everyone”.