Steve Brown Leaves Forty4

Steve Brown leaves Forty4As 2012 draws to a close, Forty4 have had to face up to the fact that their absent Bass player, Steve Brown, is unable to return as an active band member.

Those who have been following Steve’s progress since he was first diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2011 will know that he has been battling on through some quite aggressive treatment and has been able to do a handful of gigs as well as a recording session for the band’s debut album. However, it appears that his illness is proving too debilitating to ever consider returning to playing music within a band scenario and as such, Steve has decided (reluctantly) to call it a day.

We are of course deeply disappointed about this decision, but at the end of the day, his health and what is best for him long-term are of the utmost importance.

Steve has been there right from day one, back in 2006, when four members of a Soul band decided it would be a good idea to do create a splinter-group playing something a little less commercial and a bit more challenging, instead of staying on the pleasing-the-punters treadmill. Both Steve and Nick put a heck of a lot of work into making the Forty4 rhythm section a cut above the rest of what’s on the circuit, not in a virtuoso way, but with a 100% groove orientated methodology. This has not gone unnoticed and many comments have been passed about the strength of the band’s rhythm section and how it contributes to the uniqueness of their sound.

Steve Brown leaves Forty4Without a doubt, Steve Brown set the bar-line for the standard required from the Forty4 groove engine room and we will miss his musical input along with his hilarious, dry, but very deep observations!

As they say, “the show must go on” and Steve most definitely wants the band to progress with what he helped start, whilst he continues the battle with the lousy hand of health cards he’s been dealt. Therefore, the band has welcomed Bill Price into the fold as full-time Bass player, who first stepped in at the eleventh hour to do Worthenbury 2011 festival. (For more information on Bill, check out his biography on this website.)

No one knows what the future holds for any of us, but we wish the big fella well and look forward to the day he’s back on his feet playing Bass guitar, in whatever capacity that might be.