Steve Lang, who played bass for the Canadian classic rock outfit April Wine, has died at the age of 67. No cause of death has been announced, though he had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.
The news of Lang’s passing was shared by April Wine bandleader Myles Goodwyn.
“My dear friend Steve Lang passed away this weekend,” Goodwyn wrote on Facebook. “Steve played bass with [April Wine] for years and his musicianship was exceptional. Steve was a very intelligent guy that used his smarts to do well in the music industry as a player/writer, and later, in the world of finance. He was a nice man, a real gentleman. The last conversation I had with Steve was wonderful, I’m so happy that we had the chance to have had it… My condolences go out to his family. He will sadly be missed by his friends and by fans everywhere.”
Lang joined April Wine in 1975 as a replacement for longtime bassist Jim Clench. He was first featured on 1976’s The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy. “This album made April Wine the first Canadian band to achieve Platinum advance sales orders and included another April Wine classic in the ballad Like A Lover, Like A Song,'” the band’s official website states. Lang went on to play on a total of seven albums over eight years. He split from the band in 1984, eventually going into the finance industry.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Steve Lang.