Mazzy Star founding member David Roback dies at 61

He was also part of the bands Opal, Rainy Day and Rain Parade.

David Roback, co-founder of the alt-rock band Mazzy Star, has died. He was 61.

The guitarist’s death was confirmed by a representative for the band, according to Billboard. The cause of death was not given.

Roback kicked off his career in the ’80s as a musician in several Paisley Underground bands, such as Rain Parade, Rainy Day and Opal. He would go on to form Mazzy Star in 1989 with vocalist and bassist Hope Sandoval.


They made their debut in 1990 with She Hangs Brightly on Rough Trade Records. Mazzy Star broke through to the mainstream with 1993’s So Tonight That I Might See, which featured their only Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Fade Into You.” However, the band would disband in 1997, soon after the release of their third studio effort, Among My Swan.

Mazzy Star reunited in the late noughties and eventually returned in 2013 with their fourth studio album, Season of Your Day. Their most recent release, the four-song EP Still, arrived in 2018.

Since the news of Roback’s death broke, many musicians have paid tribute to him on social media. They include The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate and The New Pornographers guitarist Carl Newman. Read their tributes below:


It’s weird. I never knew David Roback that well. But I loved his songs and guitar playing and of course his band and…

Posted by Steve Wynn on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

RIP, David Roback. Revisit Mazzy Star’s debut album, She Hangs Brightly, here:

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