Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock’s Sure, lifeless at 72


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Alan White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Sure, who additionally performed on tasks with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72.

White’s demise was introduced on his Fb web page by his household. The submit mentioned he died at his Seattle-area dwelling Thursday after a short sickness. Simply days earlier, Sure had introduced that as a result of well being points White wouldn’t participate within the band’s upcoming tour of the UK to rejoice the fiftieth anniversary of the enduring album “Close to the Edge.”

White joined Sure in 1972, changing unique drummer Invoice Bruford. In a band famous for frequent lineup modifications, White was a relentless and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame as a member of Sure in 2017.

Although he didn’t play on “Close to the Edge,” he carried out on each subsequent Sure studio album over practically 5 many years, together with the band’s newest launch, “The Quest,” which got here out final 12 months.

Alan White performs at Jonathan Cain and Friends at Rose Bar on April, 8, 2017, in New York.

Alan White performs at Jonathan Cain and Associates at Rose Bar on April, 8, 2017, in New York.
(Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)


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White stayed with the band by way of its many iterations. The trailblazing act within the progressive rock scene in England grew in reputation within the early Seventies alongside bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. Sure was particularly identified for its intricate preparations and the musical ability of its particular person members.

When progressive rock fell out of style within the late Seventies, most of the bands related to the style struggled.

Following one other lineup change, Sure, with White nonetheless behind the drum package, reinvented itself within the Eighties as a tougher edged band that appealed to youthful listeners extra attuned to heavy metallic and the visible cues of music movies. In 1983 Sure launched the smash hit album “90125.”


A longtime Seattle-area resident, White was born in Pelton, County Durham, England, in 1949. His household mentioned he started piano classes at age 6 and began taking part in the drums when he was 12.

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White performed with bands in England all through the Sixties. In 1969, he was requested by John Lennon to affix his Plastic Ono Band. In an interview with The Seattle Occasions in 2021, White mentioned he thought the decision from the well-known Beatle was a prank.

“A voice announced, ‘Hello, this is John Lennon,’” White mentioned. “I thought it was a mate pulling my leg, put the receiver down, and went back to the kitchen.”

White performed a 1969 live performance in Toronto with Lennon’s band, which additionally included guitarist Eric Clapton. White additionally performed with one other Beatle, contributing drums to George Harrison’s 1970 solo album “All Things Must Pass.”

Within the assertion saying his demise, his household wrote: “Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.”


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