Alphaville’s Martin Lister R.I.P. 1962-2014

Alphaville

Synth-pop maestro passes away.

By Fred Mills

Very sad news for fans of Germany’s Alphaville and ‘80s/’90s New Wave synth-pop: keyboardist Martin Lister passed away last Wednesday (May 21), from as-yet-undisclosed causes, reports Slicing Up Eyeballs. Lister, though not an original member (he joined the group, which formed in the ‘80s, in 1995, and went on to record and tour with the band extended to the group’s 2010 comeback Catching Rays on Giant), has been described as Alphaville’s musical director, with bandleader Marian Gold going on to talk about him on Facebook as “a marvelous keyboard player, a competent and gifted composer of music and a most precious friend.”

From Alphaville:

Dear friends, it is my sad duty to inform you that Alphaville member Martin Lister passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 21st. We have lost a marvelous keyboard player, a competent and gifted composer of music and a most precious friend.
We are all speechless and shocked. Alphaville will never be the same again. Martin, we miss you, miss you, miss you… Rest in peace.

        Marian Gold, David Goodes, Jakob Kiersch, Maja Kim, Crew & Management

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