During the Bogus Pomp show tonight (last night, November 1st) I received an email from Jerry Ford (close personal friend of Jimmy Carl Black) on my blackberry with the HORRIBLE news that JCB had passed away earlier that morning (October 31st- see below). I couldn't hide my initial reaction so my friends Robin and John, fellow Zappa freaks, noticed right away and we were all freaking out. I went to the side of the stage and told Pat Buffo, special guest singer and then when Ike Willis came off for a break I told him, as I thought everyone should know right away and Ike agreed. He dedicated the rest of the show to JCB and so we all did some mourning together, along to the amazing sounds of Bogus Pomp doing Frank Zappa songs, pretty much perfectly, with all their heart and soul in it. You could feel the love in the room. To receive that information and not pass it on would have been rude.
I will do a massive Florida blog when I get back to NYC and find some time, meanwhile, below, the message I left on JCB's myspace page and the message from JCB's close friend.
"I am gutted to hear you're gone. Hope you have fun up in Heaven jamming with Frank" Dr. Dot
"It is my sad duty to report the news that JIMMY CARL BLACK has passed away. Jimmy left this earth around 11pm Germany (5am NYC) time on October 31st. of cancer. Jimmy lived his life by the second, enjoying each and every bit of it , and still always had plenty to share with everyone he came in contact with. He enriched and inspired many many people's lives and opened so many artistic doors for the rest of us to walk through and reap the benefits. Although tears do run down my cheeks I know Jimmy would not want us to be sad. He has said to me many times how important his fans were to him and in his last days it was his family he was most concerned with. PLEASE visit The JCB Gift Shop at www. cafepress. com/jimmycarlblack and show your kind support to his family. A fantastic benefit concert is being planned for December 7th in California, please visit www. myspace. com/quotinprotestofboredomquotthehomegame for more up to date details. We will continue to keep you posted on the Inkanish Record Co. site as well. There is also a big benefit taking place in London on November 9th….. stay tuned for more details there too. Jimmy's son Geronimo and myself along with many of Jimmy's dear friends intend to keep Inkanish Records alive and thriving to keep Jimmy's music and high ideals alive. We also are going to do all we can to get Jimmy into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame where he has belonged for years! GOD BLESS JIMMY CARL BLACK AND HIS FAMILY! Jerry Ford