Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich has died from a brain tumor at the age of 56.
The band posted the following statement on their official website:
Cold Chisel’s drummer, Steve Prestwich, passed away Sunday afternoon. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour less than two weeks ago, underwent an operation last Friday, and never regained consciousness.
Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss. All our thoughts are with Steve’s loved ones at this difficult time.”
After migrating from England with his family in the early 1970s, Prestwich joined a cover band named Orange out of Adelaide, South Australia. The band later changed their name to Cold Chisel in 1974 and released a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including those written by Prestwich — “When the War Is Over” and “Forever Now” — from the band’s 1982 record ‘Circus Animals.’
In 1983, after Cold Chisel disbanded, Prestwich continued his music career by playing with Little River Band for two years. He appeared on the albums ‘Playing to Win’ and ‘No Reins.’
His first solo album, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone,’ was released in 2000 and was followed by his second solo effort, ‘Every Highway,’ 9 years later.
On December 5, 2009, Cold Chisel reformed and performed a one-off performance at the Sydney 500 V8 Supercars event. Since then, the band was rumored to be working on new material and a possible tour in 2011.