A traffic accident has taken the life of John McCrea, lead singer and songwriter for the band Cake. No official statement has been made by the band’s management, but sources close to the Rag report that the incident occurred last night after their sold out show in Bordeaux, France.
Band members were noshing at a patisserie when a delivery van for the business jumped onto the sidewalk and crashed onto the patio seating. McCrea was killed instantly. Trumpeter Vince DiFiore has reportedly been hospitalized, but his condition is unknown.
Cake formed in the early 1990’s in Sacramento and built a strong following in the alternative rock scene on the strength of early hits such as Rock and Roll Lifestyle, their cover of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, and The Distance, their biggest hit.
I have fond memories of seeing John performing solo at small cafes and open-mike nights, like at The Blackwater in Stockton, and even back then it was clear that he was a true talent. The SacRag extends condolences to his family and friends, and we will provide you with updates today as this news breaks.
Update! 12:10pm PDT
My bon ami in Bordeaux who obsessively monitors police frequencies reports that the suspect in the death of John McCrae has escaped police custody. He is currently being chased through the boulevards of Bordeaux by several police vehicles. My source has translated some of the broadcasts between dispatch and the pursuing vehicles that I will provide for you. Please keep in mind that his English is not great and he was transcribing in the heat of the moment:
Dispatch: Please update the behavior of the pie truck in ironic death of American folk hero.
Police car: Car 27, suspect north on Boulevard Polisson, no response to demands of stop. Suspect is going the distance, repeat, he is going for speed.
Dispatch: Proceed with cautionary manner, suspect is reported as desperate and dangerous as he is all alone, repeat, all alone in a time of need.
The SacRag is dedicated to updating you on this story as it unfolds, I will let you know if any other reports come from across the ocean straight to you, loyal readers.