Photo credit: Artista Records
Release Date: 06/29/99
Label: Arista Records
The relevance of the American band LFO has frayed over the years but remains among the greats! They are most notably known for their 1999 single “Summer Girls” which hit #3 on the Hot 100. The band consisted of founding members Brian Gillis, Brad Fischetti, and Rich Cronin. In 1999, prior to the success of ‘Summer Girls’, Gillis left the band and was replaced by Devin Lima.
The name ‘LFO’ has been marred by tragedy as over the years, the members of the band have dwindled and most recently left with one founding member.
Currently, there is one living member of the band, Brad Fischetti who posted a lengthy message on Instagram following the news of the passing of his fellow band mate!
Every story is made up of chapters. Some develop naturally. Some you have to cut up in your mind. The first two chapters of the LFO story lost a main character yesterday. Brian ‘Brizz’ Gillis passed away. I don’t have details and it wouldn’t be my place to share them if I did. I am really struggling to process this tragic loss. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it; the LFO Story is a tragedy. If you know what I’ve been doing, you know I’m trying to bring light into the darkness. Trying find redemption in pain and suffering. Trying to honor the legacy.
Today I honor my former bandmate and friend, Brizz. If you watched the LFO Story livestream or have seen the band and me play it live, you know what Brian meant to LFO. If it wasn’t for his hard work and dedication in the early days of LFO, the first two chapters, the LFO you came to know and (hopefully) love would not exist.
My relationship with Brian was complex. It contained moments of great tribulation but also of great joy. I learned a lot from him about the business of music and how to put together and rock a show. And it’s those positive aspects of our relationship that I will lean on now and forever.
I’ve prayed for Brian every day for many years. And I will continue to pray for him, for his beloved father, for his friends, his family, and those who loved him. Special prayers for Pistol Pete and Terry Edwards; two men who hold a special place in my heart and undoubtedly held a special place in Brian’s heart.
I know that soon or maybe already, Brizz will be greeted by Rich and Devin. And I hope that together, they will make some sweet sounds. I would really like that.
Rest east bro. Rest easy.
Here at EarWorms we send our condolences to the family and fans of all those we have lost. Their impact on the pop scene will not be forgotten!