Damo Suzuki, who was vocalist for krautrock icons Can from 1970 – 1973, has died. He was 74. News comes via Can’s Instagram:
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9th February 2024.
His boundless creative energy has touched so many over the whole world, not just with Can, but also with his all continent spanning Network Tour. Damo’s kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed.
He will be joining Michael, Jaki and Holger for a fantastic jam!
Lots of love to his family and children.
We will post funeral arrangements at a later date.
Born January 16, 1950 in Japan, Damo made his way to Europe in the 1960s, and met Can’s Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit in Munich not long after original frontman Malcolm Mooney left the group. He was part of the group for much of Can’s most acclaimed work, with his improvised, impassioned vocal style an intrinsic part of albums Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyası. He left Can in 1973 and left music for a decade, before starting to perform again in the ’80s and continued to his death, playing shows as Damo Suzuki’s Network where he would perform improvised shows with local musicians. The Network tour was set to hit the US in 2020 when the covid pandemic hit.
Rest easy, Damo.