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RIP Michael Kamen

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Nov 18, 2003.


  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    The well known movie score composer and colaborater on Metallica S&M has passed into the future this morning at the Age of 55. What a truly talented man, his music will live forever.
     
  2. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    A great composer, musician and leader has passed away today, a very sad day for anyone who listens to music. Kamen was an inspiration to all who had heard him, and a very humble man, he had worked with bands as great as Metallica and Pink Floyd with very little recognition. He is a hero to all, and a great inspiration to myself. RIP Mr. Kamen.

    Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen died this morning (Nov. 18) after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years, his agent said. He was 55. Further details were not immediately available.

    One of Hollywood's most successful composers, Kamen worked on music for the "Lethal Weapon" series and scored "Die Hard," among many other films. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, but did not go public about the disease until late September.

    Kamen grew up in Queens, the son of liberal activists. In the late 1960s, he helped found the New York Rock'n'Roll Ensemble. In the 1970s, he scored ballets, served as musical director for David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour and began writing scores for film.

    Although he began in Hollywood working on offbeat films like "Polyester" and "Brazil," he turned more mainstream in the 1980s, working on the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "X-Men," plus the HBO series "Band of Brothers."

    In 1999, Kamen conducted the San Francisco Orchestra as it backed hard rock act Metallica on its live "S&M" project. Recorded across two concerts that reworked the band's canon for symphonic arrangement, the resulting album peaked at No. 2 and has sold 2.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
     
  3. That's sad... 55 is still quite young...
     
  4. That is very sad...and in symphonic band we played a selection from Band of Brothers...truly beautiful music, he will be sorely missed.
     
  5. Chace90

    Chace90 Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2002
    Denver, CO
    S&M is my favorite Metallica album. May Michael rest in peace.
     
  6. Devnor

    Devnor

    Nov 13, 2001
    Dallas TX
    He worked w/ Queensryche on a few tunes.