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23Aug/1028

Michael Been Dies at 60

We at ATV are very sad to report that Michael Been, bassist/vocalist/writer for The Call, has died of a heart attack at the age of 60.

Known for writing anthemic and thoughtful songs often sourced in the age-old conflicts of right versus wrong and man's ongoing fight against himself, The Call was well-respected if under appreciated during the 1980s and 90s. Fans and colleagues included Peter Gabriel, U2, and Garth Hudson of The Band.

Known best for 1983's "The Walls Came Down" from Modern Romans and "Let the Day Begin" in 1989, The Call's last release was Live Under the Red Moon in 2000.  Been also released an outstanding solo album in 1994, "On the Verge of a  Nervous Breakthrough."

Been's son is Robert Been, bassist for the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  The elder Been was on tour with BRMC acting as their sound engineer.  The band was performing at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium at the time of his death.

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  • Matt

    The Call are one of those bands that I know of because of you, but I've never really gotten a chance to check out much of their stuff. So many bands, so little time. With the passing of Been, I was surprised to find out exactly how many people out there are fans of Been and his work with The Call. They're known by more people than I ever would have suspected.

    P.S. – here's an old interview with Been from 1992 that Jeff Giles recently put online..

    http://jefitoblog.com/old-interview-michael-bee

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