The man who helped the group reform after 27 years speaks out...

Morrissey has spoken about the death of NEW YORK DOLLS bassist ARTHUR ‘KILLER’ KANE.

As reported last week, the 55 year-old bassist had been part of the reformed line-up who played a number of shows in the UK over the summer, including gigs at the London Royal Festival Hall as part of the Morrissey curated Meltdown event.

He died last Tuesday (July 13) due to complications related to



Morrissey was a lifelong fan of the band. In a statement, he said: “I am personally very grateful to Arthur for his essential contribution to the Dolls and their music.

“He has left us with some great musical memories – especially ‘Private World’ and ’It’s Too Late’.

“He was a very gentle soul and I know he lived for many years with the hope of a Dolls reunion. When this happened – at the Royal Festival Hall in June – I know Arthur was thrilled to be back with David and Sylvain playing the music of the Dolls to such enthusiastic crowds over two nights.

“I will always remember the look of bashful happiness on Arthur’s face as people in the audience constantly called out his name. He was finally back where he belonged.”

The New York Dolls are cited as one of the most influential punk bands of all time, and a huge influence on UK punk, including the Sex Pistols.


Ten Pin Management, who looked after the band’s reunion have also issued a statement, which reads:

“Arthur “Killer” Kane died Tuesday in Los Angeles of complications related to leukaemia. He was the bass guitarist for the legendary rock band The New York Dolls which achieved great success in the early 1970’s.

“He was born in New York February 3, 1949. In 1972 he helped form The Dolls and revolutionised rock and roll in the United States, in England and around the world.

“After a 27-year break-up the Dolls reunited for two sold-out shows in London last month. The ability to perform again with his band mates and to bring joy to fans for a last time pleased Arthur tremendously.

“He was a beloved friend, church member and rock star and his gentle and sweet influence will be missed. He was a great example of meekness, kindness and of enduring to the end.”