Little Barrie’s UK tour, including a Liverpool date on September 21, has been cancelled following the death of drummer Virgil Howe, as Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody reports.
Following the tragic and unexpected death of the band’s drummer, Virgil Howe, earlier this week, Little Barrie have announced their UK tour is cancelled.
Virgil Howe was the son of Yes guitarist, Steve Howe, who have also cancelled the remainder of their 2017 dates.
He died at the age of 41, leaving behind his daughter and his wife of 10 years.
A statement on Little Barrie’s website reads:
We can confirm that Little Barrie’s drummer Virgil Howe, acclaimed drumming son of rock figurehead Steve Howe, sadly passed away last night at the age of 41. Virgil’s sudden and unexpected death has come as an incredible shock to his friends and family. His band had been in rehearsals preparing for their UK tour, which was due to start today in Cambridge.
“We are heartbroken that we have lost our dear friend and brother Virgil Howe. Our thoughts are with his daughter, family and partner. Please respect their privacy during this difficult time.” – Barrie Cadogan.
“I am utterly devastated to lose my friend and a positive force in my life.” – Lewis Wharton
Virgil Howe of Little Barrie has passed away. I'm Beyond sad. A great fella and a great musician. Thoughts & love to his family & friends.XX
— marc riley (@marcrileydj) September 12, 2017
The band was due to play Liverpool’s Parr Street venue on September 21. Ticket refunds are available from the point of purchase.