Stuart Adamson of Big Country and the Skids in full flight.
17 years today since his passing.
This was taken at #bigcountry second ever London gig in 1982 and my brother and I were fortunate enough to hang out with them for a bit as a result of this gig. This image is one of my favourite live action pictures from my early days of photography and gets an incredible reception from fans when they see it. So fortunate to have seen such amazing bands in intimate venues.
I’ve got Stuart in my heart this day and every day. If you are thinking about taking your own life, please don’t do it. Tell someone you are thinking about it and if they don’t hear you, tell someone else, just don’t do it. #suicideprevention#mentalhealth#bigcountry#bereavement
It is still the 15th here in Texas, but I’d figure I’d pay my respects as soon as I possibly can. William Stuart Adamson, I found your music about a couple years ago & I’m glad I went beyond & found all of your angelic pieces of music. You were already gone when I was born, but with your music & the experiences/ feelings I’ve attached with them go beyond. You have helped me more than you will ever know & you have allowed me to see the beauty in the small things & in everything else around me. I understood your sadness & it did help me. Your music is like a everlasting hug, endless comfort & it always gives me that certain feeling when I hear your voice . I remember I painted Big Country album cover canvases after I discovered you & it made me so happy. I did have the privilege of speaking to Tony Butler & I’ll tell you how much that means to me. I would have loved to see you & meet you to tell you how much you have impacted this youngsters life but you were already a part of Heaven when I came to the world. Each and every one of us miss you & I hope you have found your peace you beautiful Angel & I cannot wait to play you in my car since I get my license in a couple months ❤️ #17years#ripstuartadamson#stuartadamson#bigcountry
Genius, legend and founder of the greatest band ever "Big Country". Stuart Adamson left us in December 2001. The same time a girl broke my heart and the telecaster I'd been saving for was sold to someone else. Sad and bitter was the year that's 2001...RIP Stuart #bigcountry
Star pg Will Hand will be playing in tomorrow’s game against sjr because the pizzas can in fact make them selves, also star pf/c Leo Saladino is looking to have another big game after last weeks performance, and finally star sg/sf Max Dominikoski is looking to actually play the full game tomorrow and not foul out. #gocanes#rivalryweek#bigcountry
Tomorrow is December 16th and it's a day that I always take time to remember this man. He is Stuart Adamson, leader of two of my favourite 80's bands, Big Country and The Skids and someone I idolised in my youth. On this day in 2001 he ended his own life aged just 43.
That day we lost a great musician, songwriter, husband, son and father of 2 children. For 2 months before he died he went missing and alone he fought with the demons of his own mind - a fight he would unfortunately lose.
Tomorrow I remember him, play some of his music and by this post remind people that the struggle against suicide and mental health issues is very real and one that can't and shouldn't be faced alone. Family, friends and acquaintances, strangers - anyone can be affected and by taking the time to talk and offer support you are doing a wonderful thing. Lots of people ask "how do I know if someone needs help"? Simply ask them "how's things, how are you doing?" That can and usually does open up the conversation.
Fittingly the final words of this post are Stuart's and in this song I believe he hints at his vulnerability even when life seems perfect ..... WONDERLAND "If you could feel how I must feel
The winds of quiet change
If you could see what I must see
Still hidden in the rain
But when the thunder rolls
It comes and covers up my soul
And you will take my hand
And be with me in wonderland
I am an honest man
I need the love of you
I am a working man
I feel the winter too
Stuart Adamson 1984