Originally posted by markreed:Plenty of unpack here, but some quick thoughts :
I get the feeling a summer 2017 tour to tie in with SOE was planned alongside an early 2017 release, but the well known brush with mortality saw the band reshape rewrite and revisit SOE in early 2017 - thus missing the original release window.
The Brush With Mortality? Lots of speculation here, but I'm thinking it may have been a heart attack, stroke or similar : there are degrees of heart attack, and some can be very mild so much so that sometimes people are unaware ; especially if they are asleep at the time. Very common in people around his age.
Common time of death during sleeping hours is normally between three and four in the morning. What is clear is, whatever it was, it shook him and reminded him that despite what we often think of ourselves, we are neither invincible or immortal.