Though Black Sabbath had reason to celebrate after earning their first US #1 album with 13, the band was met with solemn news over the weekend.
Sabbath’s former roadie Eddie “The Rocker” Norton was killed after a motorbike crash in Thailand earlier this month. MSN reports that Norton, a close friend of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, lost control of his bike, causing him to collide with a signpost in the street.
A friend of the famed roadie, former club owner Dave Postle, spoke with the Birmingham Mail in the UK about his death.
“I was proud of him,” he said in the interview. “I paid for him to go to Thailand as a treat as he’d recovered from an alcohol problem.”
Postle accompanied Norton on the trip, and the two had been having a great time before the incident occurred. Though “The Rocker” was extremely passionate about music, Postle didn’t know that the well-known roadie could carry a tune.
“I never realized he was such a brilliant singer,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “Everyone loved him. He’s well-known around Birmingham and a lot of people will want to know what’s happened.”
During the interview, Postle also suggested that Norton, who had been riding motorcycles since he was a teenager, might have crashed after suffering a heart attack or stroke.”
Postle stayed in Thailand until Norton could be cremated, after which he brought his ashes back to Birmingham.
Our thoughts go out to Eddie Norton’s friends and family during this difficult time. A memorial was held in his honor on Saturday, June 22 in Quinton, England.
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