Published Aug 20, 2010Michael Been, guitarist/vocalist for '80s rock pop group the Call and the father of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Been, has died. Been suffered a heart attack on Thursday (August 19) backstage at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium, where he was touring as the sound engineer for BRMC. He was 60.
Been formed the Call in 1980. The band went on to release ten albums, collaborating with Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Robbie Robertson and Bono, along with gaining some success on radio charts. In addition to playing in the Call, Been had some minor acting credits, including a role as the Apostle John in Martin Scorsese's controversial Last Temptation of Christ.
In his later years, Been worked very closely with his son Robert in Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Often called the BRMC's fourth member, Been acted as co-producer and engineer on several of the band's albums, as well as toured with the group as their sound engineer.