We are deeply saddened to have to announce that Vince Charles,
Neil's longtime Steel Drum Player, has passed away.
I was just telling another steel drum player last week that Vince was the number one steel drum player of all time, and now he is gone. What a tragic loss this is. Vince always had such a cheerful attitude and was so much fun to be around. It is so hard to imagine a concert or an after concert get together without him. I'm sure that all Neil's fans will miss him very much.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Vince's family, friends, Neil and the band. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grief.
To leave your condolences, thoughts, and memories of Vince, please click here to visit the Vince Charles Thread on the I AM....I Said Message Board, or here for Vince's Dreambook at Vince's Page. You may also wish to read Vince's obituary from the LA Times.
Many have been asking about a donation/memorial for Vince.
As promised, here is some information. Donations can be made in Vinces name and forwarded to:
VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC
1515 BROADWAY 20TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10036
Vince was always willing to help kids, and fellow musicians.
Save the Music is a non profit program to restore music education programs in America's public schools. It helps to raise awareness of the positive music participation has on schools. It's for a great cause, in the memory of a great musician.