Twin Cities musicians mourn death of former Prince sideman Brian Gallagher, 52

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Many in the Minnesota music scene are mourning the sudden death of Brian Gallagher, whose skills on the saxophone, flute, and bass contributed to countless Twin Cities bands.

Gallagher, 52, was a member of Prince's New Power Generation in the early 1990s and soon after that co-founded of the funk band Greazy Meal, the Star Tribune reports.

The newspaper reports Gallagher died of a pulmonary embolism Thursday and leaves behind three teenaged children.

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Greazy Meal had a standing Sunday night gig for years at the Cabooze, where guest musicians would often drop in alongside the group's regular fans.

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The Star Tribune's article includes these comments from colleagues of Gallagher:

  • "He was the hardest-working musician I've ever worked with" – Julius Collins, Greazy Meal singer
  • "He made everybody he worked with sound expensive" – George Scot McKelvey of the GSM Trio
  • "He knew and could play all genres of music so well" – Jeff Taube, who books acts at the Cabooze

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Jeff Taube tells the Star Tribune a benefit concert for Gallagher's family is being arranged for a future Sunday night at the Cabooze.

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