Aussie rock legend dies

Lobby Loyde was 65

The 60’s Australian rock band The Aztecs have lost another member, with guitarist Lobby Loyde passing away on Saturday (April 21).

As previously reported on NME.COM, Aztecs frontman Billy Thorpe died suddenly in February from a heart attack. Loyde – who was often acknowledged as one of the most significant guitarists in Australian rock – had been suffering from lung cancer for several years, but succumbed to a brain tumour. He was 65.

Born John Baslington Lyde in Longreach, Queensland, Loyde was at various times a member of influential Australian rock outfits including Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Wild Cherries, Purple Hearts and Rose Tattoo, while also taking on solo projects.

After spending time in the UK during the 1970s, Loyde returned to Australia with punk ideals and produced records by local artists including The Sunnyboys, Machinations and Painters And Dockers.

Having accepted his illness, Loyde recently told indie website Messandnoise.com: “A lot of people live till they’re 93 and they’re dribbling on themselves, and they’re full of tubes and everyone’s patting them on the head and the Alzheimers is so profoundly into them they don’t even know who’s talking to them. I don’t want to be there. It’s just not me. I’d rather know that just around the corner’s the brick wall and I’m going to slam into it, because it’s kinda intensely interesting.”