Tributes paid to music star after his tragic death

Former Goldie guitarist Dave Black. Picture courtesy of Rock History.
Former Goldie guitarist Dave Black. Picture courtesy of Rock History.

Tributes have been paid to a well known musician who died after being hit by a Metro train.

Dave Black, from Whitley Bay, was a popular guitarist who had a top ten hit with Goldie in 1978 with ‘Making Up Again’.

He was very good company, a good person to be with, he was a very entertaining man

Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw

As well as performing with other bands, he also had a major influence on a number of musicians in the north east.

Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw was among those who spoke highly of the 1970s chart star.

He said: “Dave was a very talented man, a wonderful musician, and a very good guitar player who influenced an awful lot of other people.

“He was a very good singer but it was as a guitarist that he was best known for.

“He was very good company, a good person to be with, he was a very entertaining man. I don’t know anyone who didn’t like him.

“Dave will be sorely missed.

“As well as a great musician, he was a great man.”

Ray added: “I knew him quiet well. You get to know all the musicians from your area.

“He was part of the batch of musicians from Tyneside, and the smaller batch that came from the coast.

“Dave was always very active, and he still played live a lot.”

As well as performing with Goldie, Dave was also a guitarist with Spiders from Mars and Kestrel.

He was also happy to pass on his skills and knowledge to others.

Dave had a big influence on Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor who he helped teach to play the guitar.

Ray said: “He taught Andy to play when he was a teenager.

“Andy lived in the same street and knocked on Dave’s door and asked for lessons. He gave him about eight or nine lessons before he turned round to Andy and said ‘that’s it, there is nothing more to teach you’.”

Dave also wrote music, and along with singer Pete McDonald he helped write ‘Making Up Again’ in a matter of minutes.

Residents and fans have taken to social media sites to pay tribute to the popular musician.

A police spokesperson confirmed the body of David Sydney Black, 62, was discovered on the Metro line approaching Cullercoats Metro station on Saturday evening.

The incident is believed to have happened at around 7.45pm near Burnside Road and North View in the village.

Police are continuing the investigation into the death.

Witnesses can contact police on 101, extension 69191 quoting log number 1134 18/07/15.