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Title: Tim Cross R.I.P.
Post by: TV on July 10, 2012, 12:09:02 PM
It's with great sadness that I have to inform you that Tim Cross has died. Just six weeks ago he let me know he'd just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately the diagnosis came late and the cancer was already spreading but Tim remained positive and the prognosis was that he could live for another couple of years. I visited him a few times since then and he remained cheerful and his usual funny, smart self, despite being weak and in a certain amount of pain. He talked about his hopes of playing one last concert with me, for you TUTS at this year's Earthbound. Sadly that wasn't to be. His health took a sudden turn for the worst last week and he passed on in a hospice yesterday evening. I'm told by his brother that it was peaceful and he was in no pain. The world is a less colourful and less musical place without him in it. I miss him.
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Post by: fleagle on July 10, 2012, 12:34:16 PM
Such a great talent - he will be deeply missed by many
thoughts to all his friends and family
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Post by: Uli on July 10, 2012, 12:44:09 PM
Such shocking news. Sad to hear this.
I'm sure his talents and contributions to (not only) TV's albums have been recognised by the TUTS.
He will be sadly missed.  :(
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Post by: claret999 on July 10, 2012, 01:31:52 PM
Very saddened to hear this news- a very Talented man. RIP Tim Cross
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Post by: Alan on July 10, 2012, 02:24:53 PM
Very sad news. Really nice fun chap, and good with my (then younger) kids as I remember, as well being a great musician!

It also says something about loyalty and friendship when you have a creative partnership that has continued from the late 1970's - my condolesences.
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Post by: Rockula on July 10, 2012, 03:22:57 PM
Unbelievably sad news.
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Post by: EastKentTaff on July 10, 2012, 04:49:19 PM
So EB 2012 to his memory then.

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Post by: Luddite Joe on July 10, 2012, 05:23:31 PM
I'm really sorry to hear this, he was clearly a very talented man, who will be sadly missed.
One small crumb of comfort is the fact that he will always be remembered every time we listen to his music.
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Post by: Nick on July 10, 2012, 06:50:08 PM
A sad day R.I.P Tim.
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Post by: Tj on July 10, 2012, 09:59:16 PM
Gutted.

Now Fleag and I know what the other special treat that TV had in store for us.
Let's make this years Earthbound a celebration of a real Diamond who sparkled so bright.

Tim Cross was a real fun and talented man to be around. Lisa, Shady and I often recall when he visited Clifford with TV and how much he enjoyed everything from the village itself to playing with Shady our dog.

His work with TV on March of The Giants made it the greatest album of all time.

It's fitting that the last words I heard from him were on the WE WHO WAIT documentary. TC's interview about TV and Gaye was particularly moving.

Another Fire In The Darkness burns forever bright.

Lots of love, peace and strength Teev.

Love Teej, Lisa & Shady
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Post by: slaughterboy on July 10, 2012, 11:59:12 PM
Another nice guy gone  :(

RIP Tim
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Post by: rancidtom on July 11, 2012, 01:29:56 AM
Sad news indeed. A talent who contributed to some of the music I love, I have great memories of the times I saw him play.
RIP Tim.
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Post by: Uli on July 11, 2012, 10:07:50 AM
Suzy & los Quattro with Tim Cross:
http://soundcloud.com/bcore-disc/suzy-los-quattro-the-goodbye
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Post by: jock on July 11, 2012, 05:12:38 PM
Much sadness indeed .   :-[
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Post by: Uli on July 12, 2012, 10:16:21 AM
Jamie put together a video from his interviews for the TV docu, Tim Cross talking about Oldfield etc.:
http://vimeo.com/45548447
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Post by: Tj on July 12, 2012, 03:07:04 PM
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Jamie put together a video from his interviews for the TV docu, Tim Cross talking about Oldfield etc.:
http://vimeo.com/45548447

Thanks Jamie and Uli. One to save for the week-end I think.

I've just been watching TC's wonderful interviews on WE WHO WAIT.

If, as he suggests, Tim Cross learnt his lessons on loyalty from TV Smith, he learnt them well. I can't think of anyone in the world who has been as directly loyal to TV Smith's career for as long as Tim Cross has.
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Post by: jongillette on July 14, 2012, 12:16:44 PM
This is very sad news for all.  May he rest in peace.
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Post by: OnYourVideo on July 15, 2012, 04:13:15 PM
So thankful I managed to see Tim perform with TV at The Vic, Derby quite a few years back now. Tim Cross will always be an inspiration to my music.
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Post by: Alan on May 27, 2014, 04:47:29 PM
Came across an interview with Tim Cross, focused mainly on Mike Oldfield, today: http://tubular.net/articles/2007_11/Tim-Cross-Q&A

Plus Tom Newman's tribute on his death: http://tubular.net/forums/tim-cross-is-in-hospice-care--?act=ST;f=41;t=10724

Gone but not forgotten.
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Post by: Tj on June 07, 2014, 12:23:15 PM
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More from Tom Newman:

The news came barely a month since of the falling foul of cancer of a great and beloved friend of mine, one Tim Cross, musician, composer, arranger, producer, and gentle loving soul. Despite being a Viking . . .
Its inevitable and well understood that as we get older the rigours and misfortunes of life on the planet Earth will claim its casualities and take from us those we have become close to, yet though the frequency of these bereavements has increased of late, it comes as a shock sometimes more than others.
I am wondering if this gives us a clue as to the true worth in our own eyes of the person in question.
When I first heard Tim was diagnosed with lung cancer, it was not too big a surprise.
A lifelong smoker must expect to pay the piper unless they are exceptionally lucky . . .
And treatments have progressed, new miracle cures ever day . . .
No panic - wait and see what is the prognosis.
Nothing for three weeks, then an invite to a playback of his latest production, a lady called Clear, I was unable to go, but encouraged, heís still cracking on . . .
Then, a call from another friend. Heís been moved to a Hospice . . . no more can be done.
Gigantic shock!
How we muddle on in ignorance of the world around us, how can this be, its just lung cancer, thatís treatable nowadays, Iíve read of it in the papers, on the telly, all curable surely . . .
I rallied spiritual support on facebook.
Itís like offering a prayer meeting, many friends and fans responded admirably, to little effect obviously, though that is something we cannot yet assess.
Then today, I heard from TV Smith, heís fading fast and may not be conscious much longer.
Four weeks from diagnosis to coma . . . .
All the past times in his company now jostle for recognition, another books worth of reminiscences all with Timmy at the epicentre.
The studio where we met, all the radio adverts and fun, making fun vouchers for use in the pub. The Ďcoming out,í and meeting life partner Nigel the hairdresser, got those close concerned for his safety, but quickly developed into a lovely romance albeit, like all true love fractious.
The introduction to Micheal O, and the Tubular Bells touring years, the jump to Punk and TV Smith and the Adverts, the move to Hastings after I moved, the Coda Landscape albums, the death of Nigel, the move to Robertsbridge, and all the great Dana Gillespie projects.

And now, suddenly, its his last album?
He didnít know it was his last album till it was nearly finished, and then he worked hard to make sure it was finished Iím sure.
Our lives went on different paths from the late eighties, and we saw each other less and less, but there was always a heartfelt welcome to be had from either side when visits happened. It was as if no time had been spent apart . . We shared a recognition that our lives were driven by similar gods and dreams, and were always to be filled with ups and downs and periods of penury and excess.
He was broke once and I was flush, and so I commissioned him to score my newly recorded ĎOzymandiasí suite.
Later, I was skint and he gave me all his decommissioned analogue recording gear, which set me up again . . . and I still use.
Now what?
Just what his friends can say of him?
The legacy seems insufficient to me, he touched so many and left such joy behind, wherever he had been.
And great talent now gone, like tears in rain . . . (bladerunner)

Bless you Timmy, and being a Viking, go forth into the very last great adventure unruffled by fear, carrying your talent proudly, and we, the left behind will celebrate your life with ribaldry and excess, and carry the dream on till we meet again . . . I love you

BLAME IS A DISSONANCE IN THE HARMONICS OF EXISTANCE.Ī
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Title: Re: Tim Cross R.I.P.
Post by: Tj on June 07, 2014, 12:25:02 PM
Beautiful.

Just like Tim.

Thank you for posting Uli.
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Post by: Uli on June 07, 2014, 02:09:55 PM

Thank you for posting Uli.

Erm, wasn't me. Ali or Ulan, almost the same...?  ;)