On Friday, Apr. 30, news broke that beloved bassist Tony Markellis had passed away. That same evening, Marble Eyes (bassist Eric Gould, guitarist Mike Carter, drummer Adrian Tramontano and keyboardist Max Chase) were performing a show in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where Markellis spent many years as a resident.
The band, performing a socially distanced show at Putnam Place, took the opportunity to honor the late bassist. They closed out the first set with a pair of songs that Markellis wrote with his bandmate Trey Anastasio: “Sand” and “First Tube.” “Sand” saw bassist Gould singing lead vocals, and both songs featured inspired lead guitar playing from Carter.
“Gould pulled up a stool and sat down for the performance of First Tube in honor of Tony,” shared the band in a statement. “The stool stayed on stage for the rest of the show.”
“The music world has lost one of its great spirits, Tony Markellis,” continued the statement. “The energy for Tony was strong in the room full of people who loved their hometown bassist. Tony Markellis gave us a beautiful gift in this world and we will always be thankful.”
Marble Eyes shared videos of the performances; watch them below.