I want to pay my respects to a friend who passed away this week, Photios “Dave” Egger. He was a founding member of the Kansas City-based AC/DC tribute band KC/DC, playing the “role” of Malcolm Young on rhythm guitar. He had a pivotal role in my involvement with that band over the years (along with the band’s resident “Brian Johnson”, John Roy Henderson; and their “Angus Young”, John Borsa), bringing me on board to shoot many of the band’s shows and becoming something of the band’s semi-official photographer several years ago. He was nothing but enthusiastic about my involvement, and was yet another member of that fantastic community of musicians in Kansas City whose support helped elevate my profile and notoriety in this city. He left the band a few years ago not long after a near-fatal motorcycle accident that almost left him unable to play guitar due to the tendons in his left hand being severely damaged, but through some tenacious physical therapy, he was able to return to the band and resume playing once again before departing for good. I lost touch with him after that, but saw him earlier this year (for what ultimately turned out to be the last time) at a recent KC/DC show we both attended and we got to chat briefly.
My thoughts go out to his family and to the band. It’s moments like this that make me both mourn the loss of someone who was part of my life, yet cherish that involvement with a deep appreciation for what Life brings to us. Take care.