Thread: Molly Hatchet’s Dave Hlubek Dead at 66

LeglizHemp - 9/4/2017 at 08:26 PM

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Molly Hatchet’s Dave Hlubek Dead at 66
By Martin Kielty September 3, 2017 6:54 PM

Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist and co-founder of Southern rock icons Molly Hatchet, has died at the age of 66. The news was confirmed via a post on the band’s official Facebook page, although no details were provided.
They said in a brief message: “It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved friend and band member Dave Hlubek. Amongst his many contributions to southern rock is “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Our condolences and our prayers go out to his family during this time of loss. He will be missed but never forgotten, as the music lives on through his legacy in Molly Hatchet.”
David Lawrence Hlubek was born on Aug. 28, 1951, in Jacksonville, FL and returned there after several family moves. He founded the band in 1971 and they released their debut self-titled album seven years later, scoring their biggest hit with “Flirtin’ with Disaster,” the title track of their 1979 second LP.
Speaking to Kaos2000 in 1999, Hlubek recalled the early years of his career as he endured the kind of rip-off experiences many bands so, saying of signing his first management deal: “We walked in with an imaginary eight-slice apple pie. When we walked out of the office we only had three slices.” But he added: “I can’t tell you I have many regrets because I don’t. I’ve had a good ride. When I signed in 1977 with Epic/CBS they gave us a bonus for signing which was six figured. We hadn’t done dick. They flew us, wined us and dined us. They put a booklet in front of each one of us and our life was going to forever change. I’ve been around the world 12 times now. I never had to join the service like my dad did.”
The current lineup had a number of U.S. and European tour dates booked over the coming up between Sept. 16 and Dec. 15, but as yet have given no word on whether they’ll proceed. Former Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas died at 63 in April.


tbomike - 9/4/2017 at 10:14 PM

I think this would mean that only one original member is still alive. At least I think Steve Holland still is. For a band that started in 1971 it is amazing they are all gone. RIP Dave.



[Edited on 9/4/2017 by tbomike]


matt05 - 9/5/2017 at 01:28 PM

quote:
I think this would mean that only one original member is still alive. At least I think Steve Holland still is. For a band that started in 1971 it is amazing they are all gone. RIP Dave.



[Edited on 9/4/2017 by tbomike]



you are correct


mikesolo - 9/6/2017 at 12:58 AM

I would say Molly Hatchet had a solid handful of what can be considered Southern Rock Classics - mostly from their first two albums. They did embrace the magic of the Triple Guitar Threat that Skynyrd were so good at. While I am not an expert on the band's line-up beyond Danny Joe Brown, I will periodically continue to listen to some of Dave Hlubek's fine jamming! RIP and a toast to a classic Southern Rocker!!

[Edited on 9/6/2017 by mikesolo]


JimSheridan - 9/6/2017 at 05:54 PM

The single "Flirtin with Disaster" is certainly an FM radio classic. I don't know much of their stuff other than that.

As a result, I was never 100% sure of why they got some of the criticism that they did. My sense was that there IS something kind of cartoonish and hamfisted about their approach (the Frazetta album covers, the 3-guitar overkill, etc) and I guess I can see that; it seems like they don't serve up the nuance or subtlety or jazzy flair that we get from the ABB, for example. They sound more like "Kiss Alive" than "At Fillmore East" to me.

However, there is definitely a place in my heart for loud crunchy cock-rock. I'll crank them up when they come on the radio.


griff - 9/6/2017 at 07:25 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTR13MV4fqc


pops42 - 9/6/2017 at 08:08 PM

Hatchet was always Skynyrd wanna-be's to me.


JimSheridan - 9/6/2017 at 11:04 PM

The whistle in "Flirting with Disaster" certainly is Van Zant style.


jszfunk - 9/7/2017 at 10:36 AM

When I first started playing guitar in the early to mid 80's "Beatin' The Odds" is one of the songs I learned how to play. Great guitar riff.

https://youtu.be/WmhkOiWGSfM


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