Pete Circa 1981 (Image Source)
On June 14th in 1989, Echo And The Bunnymen drummer Pete De Freitas was killed when his motorbike collided with a car as he rode from Liverpool to London. He was 27 years old.
As much as I love Ringo Starr, everybody knows that the former Beatles’ drummer – despite being one of the wealthiest, most successful and most popular musicians in the history of world – is generally the butt of all Beatles-related jokes. That’s likely due to the widely perpetuated style of humor known as the “Drummer Joke” and the easily-dispelled-but-still-fun myth that the drummer in every band is retarded. We all know that isn’t true, and that the drummer is in fact the most important member of the band. Plus Ringo is actually a bad ass on the kit.