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The Call's Michael Been dies of heart attack



michael_been.pngReally, really sad news just reaching us today: Michael Been, the founder and frontman of the '80s alt-rock band The Call has reportedly died of a heart attack at age 60. According to reports, Been died Thursday backstage at a music festival in Belgium.

The Call was best known for their 1983 hit The Walls Came Down. In the early and mid '80s, Been and his bandmates gained fans by opening up on tours for Peter Gabriel and Simple Minds.

(I remember seeing them in 1986 in Tampa before a Simple Minds show and just being blown away by their intense on-stage focus and fierce energy. I immediately went out and bought their album Reconciled, which had the other classic tune I Still Believe on it. A version of that song, though not performed by The Call, appears on The Lost Boys soundtrack. I still own 1983's Modern Romans too on vinyl.)

According to, Been "received immediate medical aid by an on-site medical team and was then rushed to Salvator Hasselt hospital, where he was later declared dead."

There's a memorial on The Call's official website.

[Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 4:27pm]


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