Wie verschiedene Quellen – und zahlreiche Bands in den sozialen Netzwerken – übereinstimmend berichten, ist VISION-Shouter Dave Franklin (auch bekannt als Dave Vision) gestern gestorben. Über die Ursache seines Todes ist bislang nichts bekannt.
Mit seiner bis zuletzt aktiven Band bereicherte Franklin ab den späten Neunzehnachtzigern die Hardcore-Szene der US-Ostküste. VISION veröffentlichten fünf Langspieler, die letzte Platte „Detonate“ geht auf das Jahr 2003 zurück.
Via Facebook erwiesen Franklin u. a. SICK OF IT ALL Ehre:
„It’s with very heavy hearts that we have to say goodbye to one of our true brothers, Dave Franklin, who unbelievably passed away today. It seems unreal to think that someone so close to us has been taken away. He loved laughter like no one else and he burned incredibly bright during his short life. We’ll always have his glow in our lives because every memory is a fond one. May you rest in peace, Dave. We’ll miss you so much.”
Auf dem Facebook-Profil von VISION selbst wurde Franklins Tod mittlerweile ebenfalls kommentiert:
Friends of Vision….
By now, many of you have heard that Dave Franklin, our charismatic singer and the driving force behind Vision over the last 30 years, has passed away. I just wanted to take a moment to thank those among you who have been in touch via text, phone, email and all the inspiring posts, stories and memories. Dave was truly one-of-a-kind, with a magnetic personality like no other, and the outpouring of love that I have seen, heard and felt first hand is not only emblematic of the immense impact he had on others, but is also a great comfort to all of us.
Out of respect for Dave’s family, plans for a memorial, whether inclusive of music from our contemporaries/friends or otherwise, will be further explored soon…Right now, we are grieving with them and are giving them an opportunity to plan initial, appropriate arrangements for those who knew and loved Dave the most. Please keep your eyes and ears open for possible memorial plans in the near future, as we may make an opportunity for all who wish to get together, eulogize and celebrate Dave in a fashion he would want and love.
On behalf of all band members past and present, thank you again for the love and support, and for recognizing what a shining, fun and charismatic person Dave truly was. He will be missed beyond words and loved by the countless people he has touched with his larger than life personality and music.
With love, Peter