Firefall musician David Muse has passed away. Muse died on his tome on Saturday August 6 following a battle with cancer, the band, which Muse first performed with in the late 70s and joined, announced on Sunday. in 2011. Muse was 73 years old.
Firefall shared the news of Muse’s passing on Facebook, writing, “It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that our friend and beloved David Muse has lost his ongoing battle with cancer.” According to the group, Muse died “peacefully” at home with his wife Patty by his side. The group said that although they “are heartbroken, we take comfort in knowing that he is in no more pain. His love and wonderful memories will remain with us forever and he will never be forgotten.”
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Born in Rome, Georgia in 1949, Muse’s musical career spanned more than 50 years. Early in his career, the musician bounced from band to band, performing with JR & the Newtrons, The Sons of Man, Too Much Boogie and Taxi before finally joining Firefall in 1975 at the invitation of his old friend Rick Roberts. . Besides Roberts (guitar, lead vocals), the band also included Larry Burnett (guitar, vocals), Jock Bartley (guitar, vocals), Mark Andes (bass), and Michael Clarke (drums).
After signing with Atlantic Records, the band released their self-titled debut album in 1976. As Muse was not an original signer of the Atlantic Records deal, he was only credited as an additional musician, although that at the exit of Luna sea in 1977, Muse was credited as an original member. Muse, who contributed flute, saxophone and keyboard, continued to play with Firefall throughout the 70s and early 80s, releasing numerous albums before the band disbanded in 1981. Various incarnations of the band with new members continued to record over the years. In 2011 Muse joined Firefall as a full-time band member alongside Andes. In 2014, the musician, who has also recorded solo music and performed with the Marshall Tucker Band, was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2014 alongside the other members of Firefall.
After Muse was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, a GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money to cover the cost of her treatment, with the page noting that this was not her “first encounter with this horrible disease but that he had already defeated her and felt confident that he could do it again.” In an Aug. 8 update shared on the page announcing Muse’s death, it was announced that funds raised would now be “used for all unpaid medical bills and final expenses.” The page has raised over $24,000. According to Firefall, Muse’s family plans to hold a celebration of the musician’s life in the coming months that will be open to “anyone who wants to share in this event.”