As reported earlier, BEYOND THE BRIDGE guitar and keyboard player Simon Oberender has passed away. Oberender was also the keyboardist for Amanda Somerville’s band TRILLIUM and worked in the Gate Studios in Wolfsburg as a sound engineer and producer. Oberender appeared on several other albums, including AVANTASIA’s 2010 releases The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon, EDGUY’s Age of the Joker (2011), EPICA’s Requiem for the Indifferent’(2012), RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s The Frozen Tears of Angels (2010) and KAMELOT’s Silverthorn, which will be released next month.
Rhapsody’s Luca Turilli has issued the following statement: “Today is a very sad day for me. I just received the bad news about my friend SIMON OBERENDER and I am totally shocked. Simon was a wonderful person, young and talented… I remember the days passed together and all the intense emotions shared while recording the last two Rhapsody Of Fire albums at the Gate studios of Wolfsburg… and the last phone conversation of some days ago had with him, friendly and helpful as always… very hard to accept the loss of a musician and a friend with such a great future in front of him. May you rest in peace beloved brother!”