Sad news to report as former Clutch keyboardist Mick Schauer has passed away. Clutch have memorialized their friend online, sharing that he helped the band evolve during the 2000s.

Schauer’s playing can be heard on 2005’s Robot Hive/Exodus and 2007’s From Beale Street to Oblivion. Along with your typical keyboard, Schauer was often credited with playing left-of-center instruments such as the Hammand Organ, Hohner Clavinet and Wurlitzer Electric Piano. Schauer also performed on Clutch’s 2008 live DVD, Full Fathom Five.

Outside of Clutch, Schauer played on Earthride’s Vampire Circus and the Bakerton Group’s 2007 self-titled album.

Clutch posted via Facebook:

We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer’s passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed. His contribution to the albums Robot Hive Exodus and From Beale Street to Oblivion brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more. He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!

The musician’s cause of death has not been made public. We’d like to offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of Mick Schauer during this difficult time.

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