Nash the Slash in concert at the Friendship Festival in Fort Erie, Ontario, June 28 2008. Credit Tabercil (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).
“Nash the Slash” was the alter ego of Toronto-based violinist Jeff Plewman—band member for progressive rock group FM. He passed away over the weekend.
Nash the Slash performed in surgical bandages and a top hat. A multi-instrumentalist, Nash could play keyboards, mandolin, and the harmonica but is most known for his violin playing.
Nash the Slash and FM – Black Noise
Retired since 2012, Nash the Slash’s last public message to fans is still available to view on his official website.
Nash’s trademark appearance began as a gimmick when performing for the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster concert in 1979. He appeared onstage in bandages that glowed in the dark.
Nash was also openly gay and surprised many fans when he was included as a performer for Toronto’s Pride Week in 1998.
Interview with Nash the Slash Part 1 with FrumvinylTV
No details have been released about the circumstances surrounding his death, while Twitter remains an active source of outpouring support.
Nash the Slash's death makes it a sad day for progressive Canadian music fans, but some can find relief in a big announcement from deadmau5:
Everyone’s favourite Canadian EDM producer/performer of popular proportion is set to release a double album this summer.
Titled while(1<2), deadmau5 says this album is really a collection he’s proud of.
Digital copies of while(1<2) will be released June 17 with physical copies to be released June 24. The album can be pre-ordered May 20 on iTunes.
The entire album is one continuous loop of music. Below is a 30-second sample of his song “Avaritia.”
deadmau5 will be festival hopping around Europe in August. Tickets available here for anyone taking a Euro summer trip and interested in catching a show.
– Leyland Bradley