On Saturday night at the Tangent Gallery, friends of Bootsey X gathered to pay tribute to the singer, who died on November 28 after a long battle with brain cancer.
As Bootsey’s long-time friend Joseph Michnuk said from the stage, “Fuck brain cancer.”
The Lovemasters (and others) performed on stage, and an array of singers jumped up and sang Bootsey songs. The man would surely have approved; the evening was anything but somber. Memories of Bootsey were shared from the stage, and many drinks were consumed.
Meanwhile, in the other room, a big screen was showing old videos of Boot, while friends sat back and reminisced. Apparently, Bootsey wanted a party and this certainly was one. Laughter could be heard all night, even if it was tinged with sadness.
I’m not going to list the names of the people who performed, or of anyone in attendance, because I don’t want to imply that any one person was more important than another. Suffice to say that Bootsey X’s friends and loved ones were there. There will be plenty of time to shed a tear. On Saturday, we remembered everything that was great about Bootsey.