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Michael Been, co-founder of the rock band The Call, dies at 60

Michael Been, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of the Northern California modern rock band The Call, which broke out with the 1983 MTV hit "The Walls Came Down," has died. He was 60.

Been died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at the Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt, Belgium, where he had been serving as a sound engineer for his son Robert's band, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Been and the Call had famous fans in both the rock world –- Peter Gabriel once labeled the band the "future of American music" –- as well as in the realm of movies -- director Martin Scorsese cast Been as the Apostle John in his 1988 film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ."

Then Al Gore chose the band's 1989 anthem "Let the Day Begin" as a theme song for his 2000 presidential campaign, closing the Democratic National Convention at Staples Center in downtown L.A. with the rousing anthem.

More later at www.latimes.com/obits.

-- Claire Noland

 
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It is a sad day. Michael's music touched a lot of people and his band The Call,were always one of my favorite bands of all-time. I have seen them live many times and have met Michael a few times. What a wonderful man he was. He will be sorely missed but his lagacy will carry on..Peace from Chicago, Jamie

Words dont fit at a time like this,but i hope this can help a little, because It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love. And when it happens, the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your loved one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your loved one is up in heaven.
The Bible, however, holds out a much different hope.
then what we see,, the Scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunited with Michael in the near future, not in an unknown heaven but right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. And at that time people will have the prospect of enjoying perfect health, and they will never have to die again. , Jesus Christ promised that millions now that have died will live again on this earth and have the prospect of remaining on it forever under peaceful, paradisaic conditions. Jesus made the promise, it is safe to assume that he is willing to fulfill it.



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