Musicians, Bandmates Pay Tribute To Mike 'Beard Guy' Taylor
Bandmates of Walk Off The Earth’s Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor have taken to social media in the days since his death to share their grief and pay tribute.
The Ontario musician died in his sleep on Dec. 29, according to a statement from the band.
Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, Ryan Marshall, Joel Cassady and Peter Kirkwood have since remembered Taylor in Twitter and Instagram posts. See them below.
Fans and fellow musicians are also mourning. Singer Scott Helman, a Walk Off The Earth collaborator, tweeted simply: "Bye Mike :("
Billy Talent bassist Jonathan Gallant said he was “gutted” by the loss. “Mike Taylor was a great guy and a hockey brother. In the dressing room he talked most about his kids and always added a thoughtful kind approach to any conversation. RIP buddy.”
Singer and broadcaster Tara Slone called news of Taylor’s death “a punch to the gut.” She tweeted: “My deepest condolences to Mike’s family, friends, and his children, who are left without their amazing father. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. RIP, Beard Guy. You are treasured.”
Country star Gord Bamford shared: “I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike Taylor and always looked forward to lacing up the skates with the man. He was all class and I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.”
Even London’s famed Royal Albert Hall honoured Taylor.
Walk Off The Earth is set to kick off a tour on Feb. 9.
Read the emotional messages from Taylor's bandmates below:
View this post on Instagram
I’m crushed Mikey. Absolutely floored. I don’t know how this looks without you. I don’t wanna know. I want you to come and smack me on the back so hard I want to fight you. Or belt in to those god awful show-tunes that made me leave the green room. I want you too see how successful and amazing your kids are gonna turn out to be. I want you to play bohemian rhapsody 400 more times. I’m sorry brother...I’m sorry we didn’t have more time. But I’m happy for the time we did have, cuz we nailed it. You lived in the moment and I love you for it. You will never be forgotten. Love Marsh. @walkofftaylor #beardguy
View this post on Instagram
In addition to being one of the most intelligent and spirited individuals I’ve ever known, MT was also one of the funniest. Out on the road he would often grab my phone when I wasn’t looking and snap a few sneaky selfies for me to discover after the fact - something that had become a sort of tour tradition over the years that always brought a smile to my face. I really didn’t think this one from Houston last month would be the last one I’d ever get from him, but here we are. I don’t know why the world works the way that it does, and I don’t know why bad things happen to good people. What I do know is that Mike was a truly one of a kind guy who lived life to the absolute fullest and had a spirit that was even bigger than the legend of the mighty “Beard Guy”. I take great comfort in knowing that he was able to touch the lives of so many - through music, through business, through everyday life - and that his inimitable style and artistry will live on and continue to inspire people all over the world for generations to come. Rest up, MT. You taught me a lot, and I’m so proud to have called you my friend and my bandmate for the better part of a decade. See you on the other side. ❤️❤️❤️