Nidge Blitz, founding guitarist/songwriter from long-running British punk/oi! act Blitz was tragically killed on Friday night. According to numerous reports, Nidge was struck by a car and killed on a highway outside of Austin, Texas. Nidge and his bandmates were in the midst of a 21 day tour, with just two days left.
The booking agents responsible for the tour had this to say in his memory:
We cannot speak highly of Nidge enough. He had no interest in the 'business' of punk. He was never concerned about how much money the band was getting paid nightly. He was more concerned with details like if the show was all ages and that the ticket price wasn't too high. He loved playing for the fans and it's a shame that his life has been cut so short, he will be missed.
Blitz enjoyed success in England in the early 1980s and more recently their music was covered by both Rancid and the Distillers.
Our deepest condolences to Nidge's family, friends and fans.