The world of rock has lost a man who had a big influence in the sound of heavy metal music, Jim Marshall. Rockers have since taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the Marshall Amplification founder. "The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER! \,,/," Slash of Guns N' Roses wrote.
Nikki Sixx tweeted, "R.I.P. Jim Marshall." Inserting a bit of humor in his message, the Motley Crue bassist added, "You were responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music's history and of all our hearing loss......"
Meanwhile, Scott Ian, the rhythm guitarist for the thrash metal band Anthrax, honored The Father of Loud by writing, "Just heard about Jim Marshall passing... I am lucky to have spent time with the man that created the sound of Rock music. A true LEGEND."
Also expressing their condolence, Rob Zombie's current guitarist John 5 tweeted, "Sad to hear about the death of the king of loud, Mr Jim Marshall," Sepultura's lead guitarist Andreas Kisser stated, "RIP Jim Marshall, thank you, obrigado for the sound!!," while Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides simply said, "R.I.P Jim Marshall."
Marshall, who is dubbed the pioneer of guitar amplification, died on Thursday, April 5 at a hospice in London after battling cancer and having had a number of strokes. He was 88. "My wife and I were with him when he passed away at about 8:15," his son Terry Marshall stated.
Detailing the illness that might cause his father's passing, Terry explained, "He got cancer toward the end of last year, and had surgery for that, and it came back. He was in a terrible state the last five or six weeks. He's in a much better place now."
Marshall started his career as an engineer and a drummer, before founding Marshall Amplification in 1962. He created what later became known as "the Marshall sound" and soon his company grew.
Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton were among the musicians who were first using his products. The English businessman has been listed as one of the four forefathers of rock music equipment along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover.