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Friday, November 29, 2013

RIP Bootsey X

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

We’re sad to report that Bootsey X, real name Robert Mulrooney, has passed away after a long struggle with brain cancer.

Details have yet to be confirmed, but it appears that Bootsey passed on the evening of Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving.

Bootsey X was a true rock star, the Pusherman of Love and a Genius from the Waist Down. He may not have received the attention that he deserved outside of Detroit, but here in the Motor City he was and is adored.

Bill Holdship wrote a cover feature about Bootsey back in April 2010. Holdship wrote, “In the mid-to-late '80s, a Bootsey X & the Lovemasters performance was akin to seeing Iggy Stooge fronting a James Brown & His Famous Flames Revue — that is, if both the Godfathers of Soul and Punk had even greater senses of humor ... plus, everything else such a concept would involve (with flashes of George Clinton's Funkadelic and Sly & the Family Stone, both of which were psychedelicized versions of the Brown revue anyway). The act came complete with horns, keyboards, a jive-talking emcee (who doubled on sax), and the ever-present — and ever-hot — Sugarbabes of Soul.

Bootsey X will be remembered as a tremendous front man and an absolute gentleman. We’ll miss you, sir.

On a personal note, Bootsey X performed at the launch party for my Stooges bio in 2011, and he was wonderful that evening. I’m eternally grateful to have known him, if all too briefly.

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