Charlie Daniels Band member killed in crash
Friday, October 14, 2011
– Long-time Charlie Daniels Band member Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio, died
From Southbridge, Mass., DiGregorio was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including "The Devil Went Down To Georgia. DiGregorio, who played keyboards, was next to Daniels during concerts.
"I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends," said Daniels. "The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We're going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family."
CDB canceled several shows, but will resume touring next week. Daniels said he would not immediately replace DiGregorio.
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