Guitarist John Regan, who played alongside Peter Frampton for more than 40 years and was a member of Frehley’s Comet, former guitarist for KISS in the ’80s, has died at the age of 71.
His wife Kathy shared the news through a friend on Facebook, writing, “It is with great sadness that I inform you all that John has passed away this afternoon… I have overheard him over the past few weeks having lengthy conversations with many people you and I have brought to him like this.” Joy… Thank you all for your heartfelt messages. One of his favorite quotes was, “All you can take with you is what you gave away.” By reading your letters, I know he gave so much love and so much love was sent to him. He passed away Suddenly, but that was his wish.”
Frampton paid tribute to Regan, writing the following on Instagram:
“There may only be a few, if any, people who come into your world and truly enrich your life. I’ve lost one of my closest companions. He definitely enriched my life because of his personality and his amazing player. John Regan was better than us. He did his best to help people.” When things aren’t right. It doesn’t matter who you are, prince or pauper. I know there are many of you out there who know him. He was a friend to everyone. Always inspiring musically and one of the funniest people on the planet. My thoughts are with his wife Kathy and children Christopher and Guinness and grandchildren. I I love you bro. You will be missed a lot. Rest in peace.”
In addition to touring with Frampton, he played on the singer and guitarist’s albums in the early 1980s Rises And Break all the rules. As a member of Frehley’s Comet and Ace Frehley’s solo project, he has appeared on a number of studio albums.
Regan also played on Mick Jagger and David Bowie’s version of “Dancing in the Street,” as well as the Rolling Stones’ hit “Dirty Work.” He also contributed to recordings by Billy Idol, Bonnie Tyler, and David Lee Roth.
In recent years, Regan has formed the band Four by Fate, and released a self-titled studio album Relentless in 2016.
Our condolences go out to John Regan’s family, friends and musical collaborators during this difficult time. Watch him perform with Frampton and Frehley in the videos below, followed by a tribute to Frampton on Instagram.