Was present for most of the group’s most influential albums.
By Fred Mills
It is with the deepest sadness that we report the July 9 passing of Philip “Skip” Meyer, who drummed for the Shoes during their ‘70s heyday, at the age of 64. He left behind a wife, Kathleen, along with two children, Daniela and Philip. The exact cause of death has not yet been announced, but a post at the official Shoes website read:
“Today we lost our best friend and comrade of nearly 40 years. Surrounded by his wife and children, Skip passed away at his home after battling a lingering illness. He was an integral part of our band’s early evolution, and his upbeat, easy-going nature was inspiring and contagious. Skip was just a fun guy to be around. He will be greatly missed, but his spirit will forever be with us.”
Meyer was an early member of the rock icons and played on their key albums (notably, 1979’s Present Tense and 1980’s Tongue Twister). He eventually left around 1984, but his stature was already secured among the U.S. power pop community.
Go HERE to read our big Shoes story from last year (it was occasioned by a new album and a book, not to mention an appearance at BLURT’s annual SXSW day party that March), and check out some music, below. R.I.P., Skip. You were an important part of a hugely important musical undertaking and you’ll be greatly missed.