Rocker was only 59 at the time of his death.
By Blurt Staff
Wednesday evening, November 22, power pop auteur Tommy Keene passed away unexpectedly at his Los Angeles home. The exact cause of death has not been announced, by his partner indicated that Keene died peacefully in his sleep.
From his early days on the Washington D.C. punk and new wave scene through his major label stint on Geffen Records in the mid ’80s through his latterday work that saw him release five albums on the Second Motion label (now called Schoolkids Records, it is BLURT’s sister business), Keene was an unapologetic champion of immaculately crafted, energetic, and lyrically emotional rock ‘n’ roll. Go HERE on the website to read our appreciation of Keene via previously published interviews and a new essay by BLURT editor Fred Mills.
Below, watch a clip of Keene and his band doing his classic tune “Places That Are Gone” on the Conan O’Brien show.