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One-time Primal Scream guitarist ‘Throb’ Young dies

By | Published on Friday 12 September 2014

Robert Young

Original Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died at the age of 49. His death was confirmed as ‘non suspicious’ yesterday by police, who say his body was found in a flat in Hove.

Young’s one-time bandmate Bobby Gillespie, who he first met at school, has released a statement in the wake of his friend’s death, calling him “a beautiful and deeply soulful man”.

It reads: “We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers. He was a true rock and roller. He had ‘heart & soul’ tattooed on his arm and I’m sure on his heart too. He once said to me, ‘When we go on stage it’s a war between us and the audience’. He never let go of that attitude”.

It ends with: “Our love and thoughts are with his sons, Brandon and Miles, and their mother Jane, his wife Rachel, and his immediate family”.

Young joined Primal Scream initially as their bassist, switching to guitar in time to make the band’s 1989 LP ‘Primal Scream’ and later in 1991, the Mercury Prize-winning ‘Screamadelica’ as well as five latter records. He quit in 2006 to go on, as Gillespie described it, “extended leave” to deal with “problems in his personal life”. Speaking to The Scotsman following Young’s exit, Gillespie said: “The place will always be set at the table. I miss him – he’s the Throb, man, he’s a rock god!”