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Goblin guitarist Massimo Morante dies at 70

Massimo Morante, guitarist and co-founder of Italian rock band Goblin, has died at the age of 70. About it informs NME.

Morante’s death was confirmed on the band’s official Facebook page (the social network is banned in the Russian Federation; belongs to the Meta corporation, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and banned). In a message posted on the account, the musician was called “a virtuoso guitarist” and “an indispensable guitarist.”

No other details of what happened were reported.

Morante and rock pianist Claudio Simonetti founded the band Goblin in 1972. They originally recorded demos under the name Oliver. Later, the team was renamed Cherry Five and began to include three new members: Fabio Pignatelli, Tony Tartarini and Carlo Bordini.

Rock musicians gained particular popularity in 1975 after they released the soundtrack to the Italian thriller Blood Red directed by Dario Argento. Then the group changed its name to Goblin to emphasize the gloomy style of their work.

Later rock artists wrote music for the films Suspiria (1977), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Trembling (1982) and Sleepless (2000).

Morante left the group and returned to it several times. He last participated in the recording of the song Fearless in 2018.

Previously became known about the death of Russian singer Yuri Shatunov.

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