Stuart Adamson Memorial Wall

I remember the days well.  It was back in May 1981 that Stuart and I started work on his portastudio writing, jamming and recording the songs that would make an appearance on our first album. The ideas we had over endless games of snooker in the Village Inn. Stories of Lost Patrols and Witch doctors, Ship wrecks and trail blazing. He was the most passionate man I have ever met. The day we went out scrambling in the woods when I crashed his motorbike and it landed on top of me leaving a deep gash in my leg. He was in tears laughing at my hapless wheelie. All the countless memories on the road with Tony, Mark and Ian. Those adventures lasted twenty years. I would like to thank all the people who have been leaving messages for Stuart on this site, you have been absolutely amazing. I would also like to mention a few other names that were part of our extended family who shared our adventures.

RIP

Joe Seabrook
Dave Wernham
Malcolm ‘Fluff’ Aitkin
Nigel Luby
Steven ‘Dino’ Rogers

Bruce Watson
15/12/11

Not only was Stuart a very talented musician, he was a wonderful friend.

We all miss Stuart dearly, but he lives on through our music and through his lyrics.

God Bless Stuart.

Mark Brzezicki

My relationship with Stuart and Big Country was not that of the normal band/manager relationship. It evolved from an empathy I struck up with Stuart in 1980. On the 17th December (my birhday) the news I was dreading and was secretly hoping would never come (and that my phone would ring again and it would be Stuarts voice) – came. The phone did ring but it was Stuart’s sister Kim. She broke the awful news. I was numb. Can’t really say I remember my thoughts. I do remember going for a walk and sitting on a park bench in Worthing. After 20, 30 minutes or so, I decided I had to go to my office and let the public know via the bands website. It was one of the saddest moments of my life. And I had to recount the story over and over again to friends of the band, business folk and a hungry media looking for a shock, horror story.  But the toughest moments were dealing with his family and telling James and Kirsty. Ten years have passed. There have been difficult times during this period. But at this moment (from 16th for many due to the time difference in Hawaii) we should celebrate Stuarts life. And there are the means to do this. Share his music. Share his poems for that is what many of his lyrics are. Remember his sensitivity. His humour. Remember him for how we knew him. Nothing sad. Just remember quietly or loudly (with his music) the man he was.

And have thoughts for his family who lost so much more than we ever did.

Feel free to leave your messages of rememberance on this page.

Sincerely,

Ian Grant

 


 

 


Billy

Thank you Stuart (RIP)……..

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Lonestar

Happy Christmas Stuart! From your place beyond the rainbow, feel the love given to you by us all and know that we will never forget you. Your gift to this world was your music, given with such dedication and conviction. My only gift is a heart-felt ‘thank you’ for the memories, the music and the excitement. Angel blessings to you!

Sunday, 25 December 2011

BramVan Aarle

Reading all your stories makes me feel proud of this bunch of people!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

BramVan Aarle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMxx2E2o-uQ&feature=related

Saturday, 24 December 2011

JoeLeavens

Dear Stuart,  Words are inadequate to describe how your music and writing have changed my life. I first heard “In a Big Country” a little more than one year ago, when I was in a very low place in my life. For 25 years I do not recall ever hearing Big Country’s music, but then I heard that song twice in one week. It still amazes me when I think about it, how it changed my awareness of myself and world. That is a powerful concept. That a song can so strongly change the way that one experiences life. You have given the world far more than you will ever receive, Stuart. Whether you knew it or not, that was one of many life-learning treasures that you have left behind. The world is a brighter place because you have been here.  You wrote from the heart, and that has made all the difference in my life. Thank you, Stuart!  I will never forget you.  Your bud,  Joe Chicago, IL

Saturday, 24 December 2011

samarshall2001@hotmail.com

I have read all the lovely heartfelt words and feelings on this memorial wall tonight and I wanted to add my own personal memories and tributes too. It was strange in that, it was only just over 5 years ago, AFTER I had bought a second-hand cassette copy of “The Crossing”, (one of THE classic albums) in a charity shop, that I decided to find out “what Big Country were doing these days”. Only THEN did I discover the news of what had happened to Stuart, tragically and sadly in December 2001 and my heart sank…as SO many others must have done, way back then. The band were brilliant, certainly in the early days and I shall never forget a Big Country gig at a Guisborough, Cleveland, Country Club in 1983 or 84 where the place was packed and heaving, up and down, for over an hour and a half, to a great show. Major gig. Major live band. From the songs, the lyrics, the gigs…and more recently the “youtube” clips, particularly Edinburgh playhouse and that festival gig in the pouring rain, I knew and know that Stuart, guitarist, song-writer, poet, was a special man. Thankyou, Stuart Adamson, for the music, the lyrics, the love. In a Big Country, dreams stay with you.

Friday, 23 December 2011

neil1868

So many great memories of Big Country and Stuart, there was a whole of group of us “grew” up with Big Country and we all went to see the band at various gigs, everyone brilliant in it’s own way, Stuart probably didn’t get the recognition he deserved as a musician, but even now listening to the Crossing it comes across as being so far ahead of it’s time and it’s still one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to……….RIP Stuart, you’ll never be forgotten by a whole generation of fans.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

BramVan Aarle

Dear Stuart, just wanna say I think your music and the world of Big Country is a good place to be. Even if there is a sea without shore nothing is lost. You are not gone still in spirit you are with us. Private matters are not of me but I wish your family all the best. Please say hello to my father and all our cats and dogs. I never met you in person but I will never forget I was too shy to shake your hands in Tilburg 1989. Please forgive me it wasn’t you it was me. Angels & Promises, Stuart it fits like a glove! XXX

Thursday, 22 December 2011

gfoster198@hotmail.com

I’m a fan since 1983. I only saw the band once, back in 1999 during the BC convention at the Royal Holloway University of London.  I made the trip all the way from Peru. What a night!!! Finally I saw the band playing live. I met Stu and had a little chat with him. What a great guy!  We all miss him… but he lives proudly in his music. Saludos, George

Thursday, 22 December 2011

AlanBanks

I was just leaving an Edinburgh newsagent on the morning of 17 Dec 2001 when I did a double-take as I thought I’d just seen a picture of Stuart Adamson on the cover of a national newspaper.  I had, and what I subsequently read left me absolutely stunned.  So much so, that I didn’t even have the presence of mind to buy a copy of the paper. A very sad moment that saddens me every time I think on it.  We still have his music and the band is doing a fantastic job of keeping it alive.  Play on! I also knew Fluff Aitken from school.  My thoughts go out to his family at this time of year.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

RobBaldwin

Big Country were more or less the first band I really got into, when i was 12 I bought the Through a Big Country compilation & from then til 2000 they were my favourite band. What really stood out for me about Stuart Adamson was his humour, humility and his connection with the fans, i met him a couple of times at signings & he was so approachable, i was a star struck teenager at the time but the photo i have with him is a very treasured memory. RIP Stuart, will never forget you. i`ll always mark the 16th of December in your memory.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

reynoldsy49

stuart adamson as been a part of my life since i got my first glimpse of the band supporting the jam at wembley they were fantastic what a front man,  a great guitar band with a mega rythm section ive seen them loads of times never stopped playing there songs /or trying to play them badly on my guitar theres some great footage of stuart on you tube what a bloke with a *** hot sense of humour . i do get sad when i watch this footage because it makes me realise what a great loss it is but thank god for stuart adamson r.i.p. in a big country dreams stay with you

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Pete Cole

Still sadly missed, always a fantastic front man and total gent when we met after those amazing shows and me armed with BC record/CD sleeves to be signed! Love you Stuart.

Monday, 19 December 2011

D. David

Woodmill school,Dunfermline.Friday nights in ’79, Steven Armitt(respect) slips on ‘Of One Skin’.The boys fill the floor and I’m blown away by this music. 30′odd yrs on & Stuart’s sounds blast from my car & I’m 15 again. More than music,for us Dunfermline lads Skids & BC have defined who we are. Thanks for the memories Stu. ‘Because its happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded’.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Ollie

Stuart Adamson – the quiet genius behind Big Country, the soundtrack to my life since I was introduced by a friend in 1987. His expert guitar playing, intelligent crafting of stories into songs and down-to-earth humbleness were a breath of fresh air. I spent countless hours listening to the music & lyrics and sharing them with friends, many of whom also became huge fans. His passion inspired me to create one of the first fansites, in the days when there was no official site, and his passion & creativity was mirrored by the webmasters of the time, all wanting to promote and showcase the band. The mailing list (and later the Yahoo group) was a way for fans from around the world to meet and discuss the music. That spawned a chat room that Stuart frequently (and some of the other band members infrequently)visited and provided a small insight into the life of the great man. Every gig was a high point – an exhilarating and uplifting occasion and Stuart always found the time to talk to the fans. Fan conventions made one realise the huge passion for and dedication to the band shared by others from around the world. His death was a huge shock and for a time I couldn’t listen to the music, as I know many others couldn’t. Gradually time heals a little and the music came back into my life and I now share it with my 4yo son (he loves ‘Fields of Fire’!) I was apprehensive about seeing the band again without Stuart but any fears were unfounded – Mike is an excellent ‘stand-in’ (it feels a little like he’s just respectfully ‘filling in’ while Stuart is away) and, along with the rest of the band (including the very talented Jamie!), the new line up is doing Stuart proud. The music and energy is as good as ever and the new songs are excellent. Long live Stuart’s memory & the family of Big Country. Thank you Stuart for sharing your life and talents with us. Sleep well.

Monday, 19 December 2011

AngelaS

What to say? Everyone else has said it all already.. I was 14 in 1983 and was so excited by Big Country – saw them live at the Playhouse in Edinburgh at New Year (1984 I think!) – to this day the best concert I have ever attended. What an atmosphere! I could watch the few ‘youtube’ clips of that night over and over and never tire of them. Thank the lord someone thought to film it!! RIP Stuart, a great and hugely underrated songwriter/performer. x

Sunday, 18 December 2011

BramVan Aarle

And have thoughts for his family who lost so much more than we ever did. Ian, well said.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

BramVan Aarle

Listening to Angels & Promises. Stuart captured in a few minutes. So true, so painful, so cool, so heart breaking, so easy, so devastated, so emerging… so uplifting 2012 let’s go an that journey called crossing the crossing. Stuart RIP. X

Sunday, 18 December 2011

DwayneBunney

Stuart has been the greatest musical influence of my life. His lyrics touched me so deeply that I felt he was almost a personal friend. When he died, I didn’t cry, until I listed to the live version of Porrohman from “Come Up Screaming”. Then I wept.  My Uncle Glenn followed Big Country with me and this mutual love of Stuart’s music gave us a very strong bond. Tragically, in 2007, he suicided too. I wish he could have enjoyed the new music and celebrated along with me. But it wasn’t to be.  There is something very special about Stuart. His view of the world was something I could relate to and when I listened to him I didn’t feel so alone.  Thanks Stuart Adamson. My thoughts are for those who were closest to you at this time. I wish them strength and hope for the future, while we continue celebrating the past.  Dwayne

Sunday, 18 December 2011

NiallFeatherstone

Stuart, go neiri an bothar leat. May the road rise to meet you. Niall

Saturday, 17 December 2011

pusuper

Great man of music. I only listen to Big Country in my car and have my son hooked….and so it goes on. RIP one of Fifes greats.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

KeithBrown

thank you for all the music r.i.p stuart

Saturday, 17 December 2011

DavidDangerfield

Stuart thank you so much for the music you gave us. You wrote the sound track to my life. God bless.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

SarahJT

I never had the pleasure of seeing Stuart play live because of my age but I am a huge fan. Some of his music has brought me through the toughest times I will ever go through. I’ll continue to listen to Big Country everyday . Stuart had it all!  We’re all fighting shadows, some fighting more than others. Rest well big man.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

OK

Stuart … king of emotion Thank you for the great music.  The KING is gone :( but not forgotten.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

SoniaVandeplas

You gave so much ……… and got so little in return ………….

Saturday, 17 December 2011

fitzy

Stuart, you were the most humble fown to earth guy I had the pleasure of meeting during the filming of the teacher video at the barras. You never got the recognition or credit your music deserved.I played it loud and proud all day yesterday. Your music and memory will live on in my heart. R.i.p stuart

Saturday, 17 December 2011

DougMitchell

I have my memories, I hope others find theirs. Sleep well my friend, and may your family, friends, the band and management – those closest to you, all gather strength from the words and good feelings that are written, spoken and sung on your behalf yesterday, today, and in the future…your name WILL never die, THAT time will be forever…..keep an eye on my mum and dad up there too please, see If you can convince them it wasn’t ALL …..”Just a BLOODY NOISE!!!! “.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

DougMitchell

RIP William Stuart Adamson – no more sadness about your passing, simply acceptance that…..”life happens”. 10 years….where did it all go?  your music, lyrics, passion, humility, adoration, by and for your “fans”, it is all still there,  A strange, whirlwind…., kaleidoscopic, crazy journey, through time and space that enlivened, and gave sharp focus to my life. The Barrowlands, The Playhouse, the Usher Hall, and numerous other venues, those lights, the noise, the smell, the drums, bass and guitar….NOTHING has beaten it. Nearly 30 years on, and still, NOTHING has beaten it.   You were uncomfortable being a “hero”, had no airs or graces regarding it, you saw yourself in each of the people who joined you on the journey, this mad band of “aw you folk”, thay same band of crazies who now preserve and defend your music and outlook on life, people who hold your music dear to them, to keep that light shining, to try and guide you back to each of us, who would have thought something as simple as ” everyone has a place, everyone has worth “, which started as a thought, then became a banner to unite, then a mantra, then a philosophy.  You had your hero(es), we have ours, it may be a hat (or a look) that doesn’t fit you. But it is more than deserved, honours are worth much more when bestowed by others,’especially to those giving it. You were always gracious, if uncomfortable. :) . I sat on your bench yesterday, early, before the official wreath ceremony, there was a small posey of White roses there, placed by a young child earlier on, the attendant said.  I left a flowerpot with some Xmas type flowers, and a TDK tape recording of “Through a Big Country”, made on the day I bought the album, with a message saying, take it, play it, BUT LISTEN to it, then pass it onto someone who you think would like it too. That is your legacy Stuart, the words, the thoughts, and the “sweet, sweet music”. I have my

Saturday, 17 December 2011

big_country1983 Noah Harris

Wow what a buzz kill(its my dads birthday today coincedentily) Listen to my big country records everyday for the past 3 yrs, not even sick of it, love it like i love my mom. Stuart IS my role model as a socialist and humanist. i going to create a band in a month called Eiledon, and plan to echo big country’s sound(not duplicate it like some prat.). i know how to play 10 of their songs like the main riff of “Tall Ships Go”. Ian, Bruce, Mark, Tony, whoever important, give me advice the way big country style, whether the blues rock, or the celtic, and the energy(i have heart soul passion and honesty), how the industry.(dont like being fake for the cameras). A Scottish-and-Irish American stuck in a small Florida town engulfed by (c)rap, and ‘Bubblegum” pop. SOS! Noah Andrew Harris YOU SHOULD’VE NEVER LEFT US STUART!! RIP :(

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Con

It is a testament to Stuart Adamson’s contribution to the world that ten years on after is passing that so many pay tribute to his remarkable legacy. The 10 year anniversary of Stuarts passing takes on a less somber tone than in years past with the knowledge Stuarts music is being played again on stage and heard by those that loved him so much.  Hears to Stuarts music seeing the future through!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

JonRoberts

STUART ..LISTENED TO YOUR SONGS ALL DAY LONG…SIMPLY THE BEST,YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE FOREVER..SUCH A GREAT GUY AND SO SAD HOW WE LOST YOU…R.I.P MATE….THERES ONLY ONE STUART ADAMSON!…I BET YOUR STILL PLAYING THAT GUITAR WHEREVER YOU ARE ,PUTTING SMILES ON PEOPLES FACES

Saturday, 17 December 2011

CJ Wade

So many beautiful people have come here today to pay their respects to Stuart. It’s hard to imagine expressing my thoughts more poignantly than so many of my friends have done already. But it’s also hard to imagine that this day would pass without saying something of what Stuart meant to me. Like so many others, Stuart’s words and music saw me through some very dark times. He inspired me to do more, be more than I ever thought possible. I am fortunate to spend my days fighting the good fight, which I like to think is a tribute to his message.  Quite simply: I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t be doing what I do if it weren’t for Stuart. My thoughts today are with his family, Ian and the band, and all of you who loved him so dearly. I hope you found peace in the next world, Stuart. This one was certainly a better place with you in it.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

CraigMorgan

Where has that ten years done.  The memory is so vivid.  My wife calling me downstairs saying there was something I needed to see on ceefax, But ten years on the memories that are even stronger of those of the live shows.  The sheer joy of a Big Country gig.  Newcastle City Hall, The Mayfair, Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Redcar Bowel, Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Shepherds Bush Empire, Dunfermilne Pavillion and the last time I saw them at Leeds Town and Country. Thoughts today have to be with Stuart’s Family, with Tony, Bruce, Mark and Ian and with the world wide Big Country Family Take care everyone

Friday, 16 December 2011

AlanGibson

When I think of Stuart I am always taken back to the live shows and generally at The Barras. His warmth on stage, his interaction with the fans and appreciation of what they brought to the gig. I am on my mates shoulder and he is smiling at me and giving me the thumbs up. Such a tragic loss. You gave us so many great songs big man and you are missed every day. God bless.

Friday, 16 December 2011

austinzambra@hotmail.com

common man for the common people R.I.P Stuart Adamson

Friday, 16 December 2011

Mojo

It is my birthday today and I have a bitter sweet feeling given the date will alwys be asociated with the passing of the legend that was Staurt Adamson, I first saw the band live in 1983 and from that day to this their music has lived with me. I am frustrated that outside of the fanbase of this wonderful group it has taken Stuart’s sad passing for him to get the recogonition that was not always given to him when he was alive.Stay Alive up there Big Man your music lives on, you will always be missed but will never be forgotten!!!!!!

Friday, 16 December 2011

thicket@tiserves.com

I couldn’t let today pass without stopping by here and spending a moment collecting my thoughts. I can’t believe it was ten years ago today that we were stunned to hear Stuart was gone. As a stateside fan, most of my friends only have been exposed to BC as a “one hit wonder,” and don’t understand the grieving. I was listening to “Everything I Need” on a long trip in the car, and my wife understood why I had tears in my eyes. She said she had a dream about Stuart the other night and he was a very sweet person. Some people’s music just hits you in the heart, and Stuart had that capability with so many people. I saw the band twice when they came to Boston and NY around the “Buffalo Skinners” release, and they were the two best shows of my life. Like so many others, BC has been a fabric of my life for so long… There is a huge hole with Stuart gone. I’m just a fan, just one voice of many, but I had to write something, perhaps a thank you for what you gave to the world, Stuart. I can’t count in any way what you have given to me. I know this probably sounds sappy, but it’s all true. Sorry my thoughts are everywhere. RIP, Stuart. You are missed.

Friday, 16 December 2011

jimchilds@btinternet.com

A true working class hero, his songs will live forever.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Karlkennerley

Big Country have been a massive part of my life ever since “Harvest Home” Hit the charts way back in 1982.I had met Stuart countless times during the many tours over the years,and i always found him to be a wonderful human being.as well as an amazing singer,songwriter,guitarist and frontman of the best band ever.When i first heard the tragic news of stuart`s passing….i was completely knocked sideways..and it took me a long time to get over it. Ten years on and i often think of how wonderful stuart was in every way. I know that today is full of sadness not only for myself but countless other like minded great people..but at the same time we have a wonderful legacy that stuart has left us which we should celebrate. Tonight i raise a glass to a brilliant man….cheers and god bless you stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Martin Attard

My greatest hero. Never forgotten or far from my thoughts.

Friday, 16 December 2011

AndreDekker

Ten years ago the world stood still, and it still does at times. Thanks Stuart for every uplifting note you have ever played, your wit and inspiration will stay with me as long as I live.  As down to earth as I am, I still hope we will meet again some day in Eiledon, Eden or whatever…  Until then…. Stay alive!

Friday, 16 December 2011

PeterKammer

Today I´m missing the right words…  We all know whom we`d lost 10 years ago.

Friday, 16 December 2011

AlanTrickett

The waves crashed, the wind sighed, the night the flame from your torch died. Muddled thoughts, a silent plead, nobody there in your hour of need. No more tears, no more pain Only words and music remain Your words are still strong, Your music lives on, A source of inspiration To a new generation If only you could see If only you could be Walking this big country If only you could see If only you could be Rocking this big country Stuart Adamson, never forgotten, RIP.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Olaf

We´ll always miss you.  I wish, that you have now found a place like home! Maybe one day, we´ll met us in another world….you can be sure, I´m in the crowd in front of your stage… RIP

Friday, 16 December 2011

LiisVee73

What a Great Man he was.  Thank you for the beautiful music and incredible poetry. RIP, Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

ianjsneddon@hotmail.com

Big Country live in the 1980s were something you never forgot …and looking back what a body of brilliant music came from them and from Stuart in particular. Coming from Fife they were and are my hometown band. Such a shame Stuart left us but what a legacy !

Friday, 16 December 2011

StevenWilson

Always my hero big man rip

Friday, 16 December 2011

TuomasT-N

Thank you for the unique, beautiful and powerful music. The legacy lives on. Rest In Peace, Stuart!

Friday, 16 December 2011

ian.monk@gmail.com

I’ve seen a few bands live over the last 30 years and in those bands have seen talented guitarists. Doesn’t matter who you like or dislike or a particular type of music you favour but you can still respect the man or woman playing. The Edge (U2), Charlie Birchill (Simple Minds), Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Eric Clapton, Sash, Philip Kearney all good guitarists. …  There is one guitarist who in my opinion takes it to another level, to play lead guitar and to do the lead vocals takes a special talent.  This one person is William Stuart Adamson. (The Skids and Big Country) Stuart passed away 10 years ago today, Stu has made a big impression on my life since 1983, helped when I needed help… I miss him dearly. Grand bloke. Rest in peace “Big Man”, gone but certainly never ever forgot. Stay Alive.

Friday, 16 December 2011

P44LYY

A BIG MAN With a BIG HEART….Sorely missed by many, my thoughts for Family, Bruce,Tony,Mark & Ian God Bless MY TEENAGE & STILL my IDOL x Paul Sampson

Friday, 16 December 2011

lpraieiroeeab@hotmail.com

His songs have always been in every moment of my life and made me dream of a beuatiful world. God bless you.

Friday, 16 December 2011

alarmcalling@mac.com

Angels And Promises Heavy is the silence that hangs upon my soul The velvet glove of the honest truth As unmistakeable as you Here we are all bound together  No matter win or lose Angels and promises Prisoners and Silences Say a prayer The factory of the innocent The souls that we can’t see Your fathers hands weren’t the only fists That took the best from me Here we are in the same ship sailing Across the unknown sea Angels and promises Prisoners and silences Cadinal sinners and saints In this world we’re all the same I’m walking on a mountain without a summit I’m swimming in a sea without a shore Say a prayer For Stuart with love Mike Peters

Friday, 16 December 2011

DominicWilliams

Remember seeing BC at Doncaster. Waited afterwards for autographs and Stuart invited us back to his hotel for drinks. He must have been knackered after the gig, following on from others as well, but he still had time for us. A measure of the man. Rest in Peace, Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

timbrelljones@aol.com

always missed a true hero,still after 10 years its a hard one to take,never can believe stuart  is no longer coming on stage with big country,rip big man.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Tressie

I remember, back in the days of radio, changing from station to station trying to catch “Big Country.” I didn’t have much money, but I had to have “The Seer.” The same songs from so long ago still make my heart race. The excitement, passion, and feeling of extraordinary space and freedom are still there when I hit play. Big Country came to the ears of the world with a unique sound. Beyond that were lyrics that lifted you outside your existence and transported you with them wherever they decided to go. The pain I feel is the hole that is now in the middle of the stage – the missing piece. It’s not that beautiful music cannot be made again. It has been and will be. Today just marks a moment when a beautiful person who stirred deep emotions and brought so much happiness to so many millions of people could no longer find it for himself. May the peace and freedom you needed have reached you. Thank you for giving, Stuart. Rest In Peace. My prayers go out to all the family and friends that feel the loss more personally than I do.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Strangeview

Thank you and God bless you Stuart for the Memories

Friday, 16 December 2011

Dave Matthews

Thank you for the music… I wish I had discovered it earlier. RIP Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Joseph McGinley

10 years ago today, I read in the Daily Record, that Stuart Adamson had died, it was a sad sad day, we have all lost a singer and song writer, and some a friend aswell.  No one could imagine anyone could replace him, and 10 years on the band lives on with Mike Peters R.I.P Stuart Adamson Stay Alive

Friday, 16 December 2011

AllanSmith

10 years on and it is as hard today as the day i heard Stuart had gone,I was priviledged enough to get to know Stuart and i thank god for the legacy he has left,he was a very special man. “Stay Alive”

Friday, 16 December 2011

Dublin Dave Nutley

Thanks for the memories and beautiful songs Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Keith G.Byrne

As Always,My Thoughts Are With Stuart’s Family,Band Members,Friends,Relatives & Fellow Big Country Fans  Around The World .Having Seen So Many Gigs Over The Years,I Can Say Without Question, That No Band Ever Came Within A Country Mile Of Stuart,Bruce,Mark & Tony.    The Band Always Looked Like They Were Enjoying Themselves As Much As The Every Member Of The Crowd  Was,And There Was A Huge Unification Of Immense Friendship Power & Passion. The Atmosphere Was Like Being At Your Favourite Team’s Football Match Where They Win A Classic Game 5-3………Only Better,Cos At The Big Country Gig,You Were On A High For The Full 90 Minutes  ! Stuart Knew {& Mike Does Know }  All About Football Crowds,Atmospheres,And How To Win Over Fans .An Amazing Frontman,An Unbelievable Guitarist, He Always Had Time For A Chat,Autograph & Photo For A Big Country Fan.I Know There’s The Polar Studios/Frida Solo Album ABBA Link To Stuart And Big Country ,So I’ll Finish By Simply Saying STUART………….”THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC”. “I Will Sing A Young Man’s Song That You Will Sing  On Remembrance Day I Will Be The Sacrifice And Bells Will Ring On Remembrance Day”.
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david browne

First, Big Country changed my life. They were, and still are, the band that matters to me above all others. Back then, something about the sound, the melodies, the vocals, the lyrics….all conspired and took hold of me. It’s almost like I didn’t have a choice. That was way back in 1983, and to this day, I listen to BC nearly every day, and especially when I need a source of strength. I finally saw and met the band in 1993 in Texas and it went far beyond my wildest dreams. The clubs were small, but the band played like we were a stadium of fans. Stuart recognized me on the 2nd night I attended and played his solo for Lost Patrol on his knees right in front of me. It was a moment I’ll never forget. Stuart’s passing always brings up mixed emotions but especially now on the 10th anniversary. I wish he were here to provide us with more magical music and words, but then I remember he has left us so much to draw on and enjoy. I’m left feeling thankful more than anything else.  My best to Bruce, Mark, Tony, Ian and Stuart’s family — and to all fans in the world.  ~David

Friday, 16 December 2011

Gordon Deprest

Simply put, I miss him. I never knew I could miss someone who never knew me so much. That is the power of his music. That is the beauty of his voice. His legacy is that he did live and in doing so touched many lives. God be with you always.

Friday, 16 December 2011

LukeGilligan

This Morning as I went to the Olympia box office to get my ticket for Aprils gig with Stuart in my thoughts & Earphones, The memories all came flooding back, Great Memories at that! The man, his music & legacy continues to inspire many and always will, R.I.P Stuart.. You will always be alive in our hearts.

Friday, 16 December 2011

GordonSmith

10 years has “passed like the flash from a spark” – cannot believe it has been that long.  We will always have the music and the last 12 months has been amazing so thanks to Bruce, Mark, Tony, Mike and Jamie for keeping the music and Stuart’s memory alive. Stuart and Big Country have been so much a part of my life for the last 29 years and I have so many fond memories of the “mosh pit” in the 80′s. Seeing Stuart enjoy his “work” and realising what the music meant to so many will always be with me. I have met so many wonderful people and best friends through this music – thankyou Stuart – your memory lives on

Friday, 16 December 2011

Andy Inkster

God bless you, Stuart. If only you knew how much you changed this boy’s life back in 1983. It would have been nice to have met you to tell you in person, just to say a simple thanks. For three quarters of my life you have been a part of me, and I am a better person for it. You didn’t want to be anybody’s hero, but you sure were mine.

Friday, 16 December 2011

JohnRichards

Some days will stay a thousand years Some pass like the flash of spark Who knows where all our days go ? Out here we lie together Outside the thunder gathers Why care about the weather It always ends in dark I looked west n search of freedom And I saw slavery I looked east in search of answers And I saw mysery Some days I just don’t worry I let it pour through me Some days I walk into The very depths of me stuart adamson r.i.p big man

Friday, 16 December 2011

MarilynClassicRockRadio

Today my thoughts have been on ( and with ) Stuart, his family, friends, those he worked with and his fans, he obviously meant so much to so many – and his memory lives on in the music ge gelped to create  and will continue to do so. R.I.P Stuart  and thank you for all the many hours of listening pleasure

Friday, 16 December 2011

Karen McManus

Its so hard not to feel sad when you have such happy memories that you know you will never get to make again Today especially for the amazing Stuart Adamson , but also to Bruce, Mark, Tony, Jamie and Mike too, I thank you for every wonderful memory you have given me. Through my love for Big Country, I found Love and I have met the best friends I could ever have wished for and more, and I would never have known that happiness without you. Stuart you are so missed and will never be forgotten. Love to everyone today. Karen xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 16 December 2011

JenniferAllan

I first discovered the great talent that was Stuart Adamson when I became a fan of the Skids. I was devastated by his passing but am so thankful for the wonderful lyrics and music he has left with us. His legacy will never die and my thoughts are with his family and friends and all his fans today. RIP Big Man, your name will never die your time will be forever… My thoughts are with his family and friends and all his fans today

Friday, 16 December 2011

Tori AnnSteele

well the first i heard him singing “In A Big Country” in 1983 on mtv i fell in love with him. when i was a kid it was always Big Country for me. I have some of their albums and cassettes too . But i wish Big Country would of came to Omaha,NE-USA in the past but we didn’t have a concert autorium just the civic autorium so they never came it broke my heart. too bad i didn’t get to meet stuart adamson i really wanted to. but he’s in my dreams,in my scrapbook,on my desktop,i have photos of him what a rebel too bad he didn’t stay alive if i would of been by his side i would of help him. i tried to do the same thing that he did but i failed but i still having demons and voices he probably had demons and voices. so sad it hurts i hope i get better at least i’m still alive.

Friday, 16 December 2011

KennyGuy

In the early days of Big Country, I was very lucky to be on 1st name terms with Stuart, Still my guitar hero and not a day goes past that i don’t think of him. My youngest born in 2003 has the middle name Stuart and i told him when he asked that it’s after dads hero. Never Forgotten

Friday, 16 December 2011

Liam Davey

There is not a day that goes past that i dont think of Stuart, he was my hero and the music was my life, all that really mattered to me. Seeing Big Country live ever since my first concert at in March 1986 at Newcastle City Hall has always been more like a religious experience for me, after Stuart’s passing life has never quite been the same and the music always evokes a great sadness within. I miss him so much. Liam Davey.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Simon Wall

Stuart had such an influence on who many turned out to be and many thanks to him for that. Cant beleive its ten years since he went away. His music and lyrics will live forever. !!!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Petra Leusmann

I miss you.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Kenny Henderson

Stuart Adamson put many of my thoughts, feelings, hopes and values into words, in a way I never could. More importantly he put these words to some of the best tunes you could ever hope to hear, and along with the rest of Big Country made the music that changed my life. Although it’s been ten years since we lost him, his music and words are still as big a part of me as ever.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Paivi Alanen

Your music is in my life every day. You have touched my heart in many ways.  I´m also listening Ships.. a masterpiece! “He stood in the storm Carved out in stone He said, I’ve worn my honesty with pride in everything I’ve done … Silent souls washed up on the shore Left to walk the sands evermore Evermore” “I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime”

Friday, 16 December 2011

Saffron

I remember being a teenager, sitting on my beanbag right next to my record player, playing Big Country songs endlessly.  I usually listened through my headphones because I loved listening to the intricate guitars without outside noise to ruin it.  It feels like yesterday.  I also remember the concerts I was lucky enough to go to, the excitement and anticipation that I felt.  I remember the set with the ruined stone walls and the lake in the background, and when The Storm began, to me it was as if I was really on a Scottish hillside, watching Big Country during a real storm.  But it wasn’t just the music for me it was also the stories that were written in those songs – poems or bits of amazing flash fiction that set scenes for my imagination to run wild with.  I thank you for inspiring me and touching my soul, and I am very sorry that you felt you had to leave us all so early.  As the years hang on all of us that remain here, you will always be young.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Helen Murphy

RIP you lovely man, can’t beleive how quickly 10 years have gone since you sadly left us all, my thoughts are with your family and friends and to all the fans who still dearly miss you so much – you still live on in the music we play – Helen & Ron

Friday, 16 December 2011

Paul Taddeo

Listening to ‘Ships,’ eyes welling up, miss you Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Robert Laversuch

Thank you for your life – your music is timeless! I know it has been ten years already but still there is not a day that goes by where Big Country or The Skids or music connected to you is thought of, played, watched or mentioned. Your music will live on forever. You did better than most – remember “Your worst is better than their best”

Friday, 16 December 2011

Danna Williams

I was thirteen when “The Crossing” came out and I was instantly captivated by Big Country.  Throughout high school I suffered from depression (and still do) and I know that the music of Stuart Adamson and Big Country kept me from committing suicide.  Whenever I’ve been really down in my life I’ve turned to their music and it’s helped me cope.  How ironic that Stuart’s lyrics, which I credit with keeping me alive during dark times, failed to do the same for him.  When I was shown a newspaper with Stuart’s obituary by a co-worker it hit me harder than when I’ve had relatives pass away.  Even now, ten years on, this is a dark day for me.  I have been listening to Big Country today, but not without some tears in my eyes.  Rest in Peace, Stuart.  You gave the world more than you’ll ever know.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Erik Storer

Leaving a quote by Glenn Mcdonald from his War Against Silence website which was written days after Stuart’s passing. It still resonates 10 years on. “We too will vanish, whether in flames or our sleep or capitulation. But not what we’ve made, not what we’ve done, not who we’ve been. Let this be our wake for Stuart Adamson, then, or for whomever you lost this year: remember, first for just one day and then for all the others, that our time here is brief. Mean what you are. Do nothing that can be undone, and live or die with the consequences. Live in such a way that if you tell people to stay alive, and then die nevertheless, they will know that what you and they believed together was stronger and truer than anything that merely happened.”

Friday, 16 December 2011

Kenny thejiner

Since the early eighties Stuart and his music have such a big part of my life, good times and bad times, and will continue to be a big part of my life. he is sadly missed but will never be forgotten.such a talented genuine person..

Friday, 16 December 2011

David Fryer

Tonight at 20.00 I shall go outside for a smoke and a drink, play In A Big Country on my phone, raise my glass in a toast to you, look up and look for the brightest star in the sky that shows me it’s you up there Stuart. Then I’ll notice all the other stars,   twinkling as though they are dancing/rocking to your tunes as I did many times at your concerts. Love and miss you loads Stuart. RIP, Keep on rocking in the free world. Cheers Dave in Taunton

Friday, 16 December 2011

Anne Kraus Macklin

Four years ago, my curiosity turned me onto the most beautiful music I have ever heard.  If only I could thank you in person. You have added another dimension to my life.  Thank you Stuart.  Love you and miss you.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Lonestar

I will always remember the tremendous musical talent that he was. The real guitar hero in every sense of the word! But, for one with such an incredible talent, I will remember Stuart as an incredibly humble man. A man who didn’t strut and swagger and push his guitar in people’s faces. The songs did that job and are firmly lodged in my subconcious and always will be. He was a man who deserved our adoration, as much as he didn’t want it. He would have been well out of step with some of today’s ‘talents’ who only want the fame. He was the complete antithesis. The anti-hero.  I send out my deepest sympathy and angel healing to those closest to him. I lost my father at a young age and I know how hard it is for a family to overcome such sorrow and live their lives – and I mean the full Big Country family too. After the tears and the self recrimination that follows such tragic events, lets remember the great man for what he was. A father, husband, friend, brother and son. Then let us remember the awesome musician he was and ensure that his music and poetry never die. RIP Stuart. I hope you can look from beyond the rainbow and see how much you are loved and missed.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Doreen

I take you with me in everything I do, every day since your music touched my soul 4 years ago. I never met you and never got the chance to tell you what your music, passion and soul mean to me, that is my constant regret. I hope you are now in a better place than this world, which clearly was not deserved of you. Sleep in peace now, all your troubles are over. God bless you and thank you Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christine Lukawski

Thank you for saving me so many times.  I wish I could have told you in person.  I am not sad for what is, I am sad for what could have been. God bless your family, Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

John Faires

To Stuart and the band your music has got me through several really bad times in my life and for that i will be eternally grateful. Stuart may be gone but he and his music continue to give me hope and happiness and i am sure i am not the only fan who feels the same. Gone but never to be forgotten, R.I.P. Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Jon Roberts

i will play all your albums today stuart,just that little bit louder….r.i.p mate

Friday, 16 December 2011

Jane Wren

To be honest with you all, words still fail me when I think about this.  I’m glad I met Stuart, albeit briefly at signing sessions etc – what a nice, nice person he was.  And thank goodness that Bruce, Tony, Mark, Jamie and Mike are keeping the flame burning.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Rich Try

I still remember where I was when I heard Stewart had died.  I remember picking up the newspaper in London while there for a BMA meeting and then not really giving a damn about the meeting at all.   It was East of Eden that first got me into Big Country – then I listened to Steeltown and The Crossing and I was hooked. I saw them more times than I can remember and the first date with my wife was a Big Country gig at Leicester Poly. It was superb! We’ve now been married 14 years! The music of Big Country got me through some difficult times and I will always be grateful for the band and to Stewart.  Thanks and RIP – The Crossing was played very loud today!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Jon Roberts

10 years gone by…still sadly missed,always…keep on rockin!!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Martin Rutherford

When my mum took her own life in 1990 i never knew how i would get through it,i turned to the music of the band that meant everything to me and gradually i coped. R I P…Stuart Thanks for everything

Friday, 16 December 2011

Eamon

I had the best concert experiences of my life at Big Country’s amazing gigs I attended in Derry, Dublin & Belfast. Every time I hear or play a Big Country song the powerfull energy and buzz of those great times are still fresh in my mind lead by the very brilliant Stuart. Cant believe its 10 years already. Stuart you will always be remembered in your music and the pleasure you gave to all us fans

Friday, 16 December 2011

Mark Dunne-willows

It takes a certain skill to make such a huge difference to so many people, but Stuart did exactly that. Thank you for leaving us with such an amount of amazing music. See you in Wonderland.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Dave Smith

God rest you Stuart. You were one of the major influences of my life in the 1980s. Your passion and desire are sorely missed in today’s throwaway society. Not only that, but your genuine kindness and acknowledgment of your fans. I remember one incident at a gig Big C did at Lancaster Uni in October 1984. We got there early to be at the front, but in the ensuing crush when you came on, my girlfriend fainted.The bouncers had to take her to side of stage from where we watched the whole set. At the end as we were about to leave, one of the security called us to say you were concerned and would we like to see you outside the dressing room?? Would we??? After making sure she was ok, you all signed our programme, gave me some of your plectrums and then said there was room on the bus that took you to the next gig. How I wish I’d forgotten about work and taken your offer. Rest in peace – a real man!!!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Ben Lockyer

Never forgotten, RIP big man.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bram van Aarle

RIP Joe Seabrook Dave Wernham Malcolm ‘Fluff’ Aitkin Nigel Luby Steven ‘Dino’ Rogers

Friday, 16 December 2011

Bram van Aarle

If you will take my love If you will take my stand If you will be the one If you will take my hand If you will never run I could be happy here If you could take my pride If you could take my tears If you could take my side If you could take my fears If you could turn the tide I could be happy here

Friday, 16 December 2011

Cat MacKinnon

… attention and respect ten years after they’ve gone, and Stuart certainly deserves it! i guess the one real downside to my discovery of Big Country (and the Skids, and the Raphaels), is that it came too late. it was just over a year after Stuart passed that i really, truly “discovered” Big Country. i never got to see him play live, and i feel like i really missed out on that. sure, i’ve got DVD’s and YouTube footage…but it’s not the same. Stuart’s (and Big Country’s) music has gotten me through some pretty terrible times, and i’ve never identified with any other band the way i have with Big Country. i often wonder if things would’ve turned out differently, had Stuart known how many people he touched in such a meaningful way, and how many thousands of people truly loved him. would he still be here? would we have new albums to look forward to? but i’ve dealt with my own serious depression and i’ve learned, in my amateur armchair study of psychology, that this is just a mourning mechanism. it’s like having a time machine, but without the benefit of changing a terrible situation, and in a way, it just makes things worse. we can always ask “what if?”, but we can’t change the past. so as i sit here, trying my best not to cry my eyes out at the loss of a man that i never even met and who passed away ten years ago, i realise that the best thing i can do as a fan is to share the beautiful, poetic and uplifting music he gave us. i have a feeling that’s what he’d want all of us to do. and now i have to go have a good cry…

Friday, 16 December 2011

Cat MacKinnon

i’d always liked Big Country, but being an American and growing up in the 80′s (well, i was born a couple years before the 80′s), my primary reference point had always been “In A Big Country”. i had always loved that song, and certainly knew of BC, but it wasn’t until several years ago that i just happened to be sitting down with my ex, when i finally heard the entire “The Crossing” album. the whole time we were together, i never knew she owned the album, but here i was going over some legal paperwork with her…when i heard the most incredible music i’d ever listened to. i was in love (with Big Country, not her;)! within a week, i’d bought my own copy of “The Crossing”, and a week or two later, i’d tracked down copies of “The Seer”, “Steeltown” and “The Buffalo Skinners”, followed shortly by the rest. never in my life have i been so enamoured of a band that i went out and bought their entire back-catalog all within two months! i’m still working on getting all of their DVD’s, but i’ve watched Final Fling at least once a month for the past three years or so since i bought it! the more i listened to them, the more i realised how much Stuart’s lyrics really meant to me. so many people claim modern-day popstars are “poets”, and while they may offer a quick “fun fix”, ultimately most of them won’t hold up to the test of time. but Stuart’s lyrics always will, and the fact that albums like “The Crossing” and “Steeltown” are still so beloved, 20+ years later, is proof of that. the fact that i can load up BC’s entire discography, put it on “random” and listen to it for hours without ever getting tired of it, is proof of that. the fact that so many people, both “regular” and famous, still lament the loss of Stuart and talk about what a wonderful person he was, is proof of that. there are only a handful of artists and public figures that get that kind of a

Friday, 16 December 2011

Tom Whelan

Can’t believe 10 years have passed. Time goes by so quickly, but the memories still remain as strong as ever! Sadly missed RIP Stuart

Friday, 16 December 2011

Carolyn

“We are waiting in a forest, Deep and dark behind the wall, What is hidden in our hearts…”  Stuart is are forever in our hearts, & never will be forgotten. R.I.P

Friday, 16 December 2011

John Wilberforce

Ten Years Today. First band i ever saw live, in the Summer of 1987 – I was 16. I had been a fan for about 4 years, but it was the first time my Mum let me go to a gig… The International II in Manchester – hot evening, i wore a flowery shirt and cut off jeans as i remember. Went with my girlfriend of the time. I can remember walking in, and it being roasting hot and jam packed, support band came and went, and at about 11pm Big Country came on, and played Restless Natives. I fell in love with them instantly, and i still feel the same “rush” when i hear the opening bars to that song, even now, 24 years later. The rest of the gig? I lost Jenny after 1 song, and met her outside later on, the crowd never stopped moving and jumping and I have never been so hot in my life.  Truly,  one of the best nights of my life – over the next 13 years i saw them another 40 odd times, and then I saw Stuart about 2 weeks before his death with a band called The Raphaels. He closed with a version of In A Big Country on an acoustic guitar – left stage, and that was it – gone. When i heard of his suicide, I was at a works do – I just went straight home – absolutely gutted. They were my favourite band for years, they still are (with Mike Peters as a front man). Love Big Country, Stuart Adamson remains a terrible loss. “Another Season passes by you….” RIP

Friday, 16 December 2011

justashadow

rip stuart,thanks for all the great music and concerts over the years,i miss you very much,all big countrys studio albums played back to back today ,starting with the crossing,i remember having a kick about outside manchester academy back in 1994 with stuart!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Jolanda Elgersma

In a Big Country dreams stay with you……Stuart, your music will always stay with me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music and lyrics with the world. My thougths are with his children, family and everyone else close to Stuart on this day. R.I.P. Stuart, gone but not forgotten xxxxx

Friday, 16 December 2011

Gary Barrett

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,I will be playing Big Country music all day R.I.P Stuart

Friday, 16 December 2011

Gordon Hannah

Nice to see these tributes again from band and other big names,I visited some special places (band and bikes) to gather fond memories and pay my respects to Stuart yesterday,despite his level of talent and achivement for me Stuart never forgot his roots and thats what made him special,that was the real quality which will live on together with his incredible musical legacy forever Kind thoughts to all Stuarts family and friends,good memories of a great man – be proud ! Rip Stuart – Gordon

Friday, 16 December 2011

Alan Ireland

It seems like yesterday we heard of the tragic passing of Stuart, i’ll never forget that day nor will i ever forget the impact Stuart and the bands music and performances had and still have on me through my life. He lives on through his music, and will never be forgotten. Thoughts are with Stuarts family and the rest of the band and close friends. R.I.P. Stuart.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Rachael Kirkham

Ten years and still such a huge influence. Your incredible way of approaching the world and the way that this translated into the music which has been such a major part of my life is a true inspiration.  Your light still shines.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Dave Teg

‘Wearing his honesty and pride in everything he ‘s done’. Your words have been with me from boyhood to manhood and into fatherhood, your passion and honesty in your words are mantras to live and love by. Thankyou Stuart. RIP

Friday, 16 December 2011

Matthew Harris

Some of the greatest times of my life watching you play live. R.I.P Stuart

Friday, 16 December 2011

Michelle Taylor

To Stuart – your music and lyrics continue to be the soundtrack to my life. “I could walk a thousand miles tonight and never find my place” I hope you’ve found your place, Stuart. RIP.

Friday, 16 December 2011

thegabriel

Your name will never die, your time will be forever.  Stefano, a big Italian fan

Friday, 16 December 2011

James M

He was able to write songs that were about things that were happening around him in his local town, but they could have been happening to anyone else anywhere on Earth. He didn’t make a point of disclosing the locations specific in his songs and that is why they touch everyone, because everyone has issues to deal with.  Not Just One Country, Every Country, BIG COUNTRY…

Friday, 16 December 2011

Andrew Pye

RIP big man 10 years its hard to believe, days pass like the flash of a spark

Friday, 16 December 2011

Graham G

You’ll never be forgotten Stuart – your music lives on, the business is a much poorer place without your talent…….

Friday, 16 December 2011

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