B.C. bass player and songwriter Rich Priske dies

He peformed with Matthew Good, Bif Naked, Art Bergmann, and the Real McKenzies

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      B.C.'s indie-music community is mourning the death of one its admired bass players.

      Rich Priske, a.k.a. Rich Rock, was 52 years old when he died of a heart attack, according to iHeart Radio.

      He played bass and keyboards with the Matthew Good Band from 1998 to 2002, when the band dissolved, and continued performing with Good through the In a Coma tour in 2005.

      "I was sad to hear of the passing of MGB bassist Rich Priske," Good stated on Instagram. "My deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. That night/day at Trader Vic's in Hamburg will remain immortally etched in my memory."


      In addition, Priske played with Bif Naked, Art Bergmann, Chrome Dog, and the Real McKenzies. He was featured in East Van author Chris Walter's biography of the band, Under the Kilt: The Real McKenzies.

      Naked expressed her gratitude and admiration to Priske over Twitter and Instagram.

      "You coached me in every band hockey pool, and always took me under your wing when the going got rough," Naked wrote. "When you came along for my first 'solo artist' tours of Europe and America, it was validating and meaningful to me to share the stage with you."


      In an interview with Global B.C., Dave Genn of 54-40 described Priske as the "best bass player in Vancouver".

      In addition, Priske wrote for music, community, and wine publications and appeared in many music videos.

      In recent years, he lived in Kelowna.