Published Jan 02, 2015Jeff Golub, a guitarist known for his work as a sideman with Rod Stewart and Billy Squier, has passed away. He died yesterday (January 1) at the age of 59.
Although the exact cause of death hasn't been confirmed, Jazz Times [via Rolling Stone] reports that he was suffering from an incurable brain disorder known as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It was a lengthy illness and he had suffered many medical difficulties; he went blind in 2011, and in 2012 survived an incident in which he fell onto the tracks of a New York subway and was dragged by a train. (His final solo album, 2013's Train Keeps a Rolling, was named after the incident.)
Golub was Stewart's lead guitarist from 1988 until 1995. He toured with the singer and played on a number of his albums; he received writing credit for songs on albums like 1991's Vagabond Heart and 1995's A Spanner in the Works. He also played on Stewart's duet with Tina Turner, "It Takes Two."
At other points in his career, Golub played on hit albums by '80s rocker Billy Squier and was in James Montgomery's backing band. He also released a number of solo albums over the years and had an instrumental band called Avenue Blue.