RIP Tony Clarkin of Magnum (1946-2024)

This one hits hard. After cancelling their 2024 tour dates due to Tony’s ill health it is incredibly sad to hear that the man himself has passed away. Arguably the heart and soul of Magnum, this likely spells the end of one of the longest standing hard rock acts ever to come from these shores. But what a legacy.

News broke on Facebook earlier, from the Clarkin family. Their post quoted below:

On behalf of the family it is with profound sadness that daughter Dionne is sharing the news of the passing of Tony Clarkin.

Following a short illness, he died peacefully surrounded by his girls on Sunday 7th January 2024.

“I know that Tony has touched so many people through his music in so many different ways. I don’t really have words to express what he meant to me right now as the grief is too fresh.

As many of you know Tony had a great affinity with animals. It is the family’s intention to set up a charitable trust in his name to aid this cause, further details to follow. Please do not send flowers or cards, as he would have much preferred expressions of sympathy to go to charity in this way.

It was a privilege to call him my Dad.”

“I didn’t look to live forever”

(TC 2024)

As always, our thoughts are with Tony’s family, friends and bandmates. And we leave you with one tiny sliver of the huge amount of brilliant music that he brought to us.

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