Burgess Feared For His Mortality
THE Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess feared death was upon him during the production of the band's latest album Simpatico, after two close friends passed away. The 38-year-old British rocker, who lives in Los Angeles, became increasingly paranoid of his own premature end following the loss of a dear companion and a fellow musician. He says, "I was feeling death was following me quite a lot. And I did feel quite scared by it. "A really close friend of mine, who when I first met my girl in LA was the only person who thought it was a great thing, died while we were making this record. So did the bass player in a really great punk band I loved called THE LEONARDS, TOM PAINE. And he was only a year older than me. "So I felt that death was quite close around me. It started getting on top of me, really. I think... it's good, death. Death is not the worst thing that can happen."