The Saints drummer and critic Iain Shedden dies at 60
Iain Shedden, former drummer with Australian rock band The Saints and long-serving music writer and critic for The Australian and Weekend Australian newspapers, has died at the age of 60.
Shedden started his music career at the age of 17, as both a journalist and drummer for a number of bands including, in later years, The Saints. He worked for The Australian newspaper for nearly 25 years.
Details on Shedden’s passing have not yet been made public. Many artists and industry professionals paid their respects as news of his death spread early today (Oct. 16).
For instance, singer-songwriter Paul Kelly described Shedden to The Australian, as “a gentle, smart, wry man. A sharp wit with a crinkly smile. An average tennis player like me so we had good battles.”
Rock singer Jimmy Barnes added: “Iain was a good man. I have done a lot of interviews in my time and most of the time, no matter who it is with, it feels like work. But whenever I spent time with Iain I felt at ease. Not just because he had that broad Scottish accent but he had a manner that just made me feel comfortable.”
Reg Mombassa, founding member of Dog Trumpet and ARIA Hall of Famers Mental As Anything, tweeted: “Tragic news about our friend and drummer Iain Shedden a great loss.”
Iain Shedden is survived by his wife Christine and two teenage children Molly and Connor.