American rockers THE FLAMING LIPS are struggling to come to terms with the
death of close pal ELLIOTT SMITH last week (22OCT03).
The TURN IT ON band had known the introspective singer-songwriter - who
died of a single knife wound to the chest - for many years, and drummer STEPHEN
DRODZ had recently been in the studio with the MISS MISERY star.
He says, "When I first heard, I was devastated and crying. It was just
that initial reaction; you're never prepared for that.
"I just really feel like if he could have got it together and been happy
on some level, the potential for really great music was there.
"The first time I met him was in 1996. I was touring with THOSE BASTARD
SOULS. We were opening up for SEBADOH and Elliott was on first. It was before
he had any real notoriety or fame, we hit it off, but he was always in his own
"When we toured in 2000, I got to know him really well, I knew he was
always struggling just to get through the day. For me, my fondest and most
disturbing memory of him was when we did ecstasy together one night and we were
listening to ELTON
JOHN's Greatest Hits. That song GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD came on and he
started bawling his eyes out.
"We did some recording together and we hung out a lot. I think Elliott had
a thing about him. That obvious sadness and depression, it wasn't fake at all,
and people will miss that a lot."