Carnegie Hall Memorial

Original article from The Scotsman on Monday 28 January 2002

A MEMORIAL service was held last night to celebrate the life of Stuart Adamson, the former Big Country singer who hanged himself in his hotel room in Hawaii shortly before Christmas.

Around 600 fans, friends and fellow musicians gathered at the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, Fife – Adamson’s home town – to pay their respects to the 43-year-old singer, while hundreds more listened to the service outside.

Ian Grant, who managed the star throughout his career, said the two-hour service featured recollections of his life alongside video footage and acoustic music.

He said: “There were prayers, hymns and appreciations of Stuart and his contribution to music. It was a dignified and intimate appraisal and I… Continue reading

NME Article  January 28, 2002

Messages of condolence are read out from members of The Clash, David Bowie and The Edge…

Around 600 friends, family and fans of STUART ADAMSON gathered in the BIG COUNTRY star’s hometown of DUNFERMLINE last night (January 27) to pay tribute to the late singer-songwriter.

The emotionally-charged remembrance service at the town’s Carnegie Hall – which was opened by a lone piper playing ‘Flowers Of The Forest’ – was hosted by Adamson’s former Skids band-mate
Richard Jobson, who introduced several guest speakers and performers including Adamson’s two children Callum, 19, and Kirsten, 15.

Kirsten performed the song ‘Angel’ with keyboard player Josh Phillips and Callum, reminisced on his father, describing him as “my father, friend and inspiration” who “encouraged… Continue reading

Originally posted on the BBC News website on Sunday 27th January 2002

Ex-Big Country bassist Tony Butler (right) with football manager Jim Leishman

More than 600 family, fans and friends from the music industry have attended a memorial service for late rock singer Stuart Adamson in his home town in Scotland on Sunday.

The service, taking place in Dunfermline, featured a musical tribute from the former Big Country singer’s teenage daughters as well as prayers, hymns and video footage of Adamson.

Fans flew from Germany, Holland, Belgium, the United States and even Thailand, according to Adamson’s former manager, Ian Grant.

Among others who attended were his former Big Country band members, the group Runrig, Marillion frontman Fish and ex-Dunfermline football club manager Jim Leishman.

The… Continue reading

NME Article December 20, 2001

The tragic Big Country frontman to be remembered at his beloved Dunfermline Athletic’s ground…

A memorial service for the late BIG COUNTRY frontman STUART ADAMSON is being planned at the ground of DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC FC, the football team he followed all his life.

Adamson’s manager said he is in talks with the club about the staging of an event.

Guitarist Adamson was found hanged in his hotel room in Hawaii on Sunday (December 16) in an apparent suicide. He had been missing from his home in Nashville for a month. Adamson, who fought a life-long battle against alcohol addiction, was understood to be drinking heavily and depressed about a split with his wife.

His manager Ian Grant said a memorial… Continue reading


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