The passing of 62-year-old guitarist Angelo Bruschini has been mourned by British band Massive Attack, who described him as “brilliant and eccentric.”
Bruschini, who helped develop the Bristol trip-hop collective’s distinctive sound as well as playing guitar in the city’s art rock band The Blue Aeroplanes, revealed in the summer that he had cancer.
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On X, previously known as Twitter, the band Massive Attack expressed their admiration for a highly unique and unconventional artist. Your impact on the Massive Attack legacy is immeasurable. We feel grateful to have had the opportunity to experience life alongside you.
On X and Instagram, a monochromatic photo of the guitarist was shared, accompanied by a statement expressing deep sadness over their passing.
Angelo Bruschini’s wife, Jessica Merritt, shared on Facebook: “I am deeply saddened to share the news that my beloved husband, Angelo Bruschini, passed away at 12:15am on October 23, 2023. He lost his battle against a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as pleomorphic carcinoma.”
She stated that he remained a respectful and kind person until the end, and will be renowned for both his comedic nature and musical talents.
Bruschini played in the studio and on the road with Massive Attack. Among the tracks he will be remembered for is Angel, from the album Mezzanine, which is driven by, as one critic described it, by a “wall of guitars”.
The Blue Aeroplanes, a band from Bristol, posted on their Facebook page about the passing of their band member Angelo Bruschini. They describe themselves as an art-rock institution and an influence on bands like REM and Radiohead. They expressed their sadness and offered condolences to Angelo’s family. Rest in peace, Ange x.
The musician shared a photo of himself performing on a bright day at the Bristol harbor.
Although he was diagnosed, Bruschini stated that he would not give up. Along with playing music, he has also been vocal about his criticism towards the Conservative government in recent months.
The passing of Bruschini has deeply affected the close-knit music community in Bristol. Those who knew him as a skilled musician also remember him as a kind and wonderful person.
Steve Poole, a history and heritage professor at UWE Bristol, shared: “I last saw him performing with the Aeroplanes in December. He was completely immersed in the music and happily inviting audience members to join in playing the chords to Breaking in my Heart on his guitar. It’s heartbreaking that we will never see him again.”
Suzanne Fitzgerald shared that she had the opportunity to collaborate with Angelo while he was under contract with Ensign Records. However, even before that, she had been a fan of his exceptional guitar skills from watching him perform on various stages in Bristol during the mid-80s. She described him as a captivating presence both on stage and in the studio. Additionally, she praised his charming nature and talent as a pleasure to work with.