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- Posted on Jan 17th 2011 11:00AM by John D. Luerssen
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Prestwich's brother Simon confirmed his death yesterday afternoon to Undercover. A subsequent statement on Cold Chisel's official website paid memory to their fallen drummer.
"Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Phil Small and Don Walker are shattered by the loss," the statement read. "All our thoughts are with Steve's loved ones at this difficult time."
Prestwich co-founded the band in the early 1970s under the name Orange, which changed its name to Cold Chisel in 1974. Although the Barnes-fronted band never achieved success in North America -- despite an attempt after their third album, 1980's 'East' -- the pub rock group was enormously popular in Australia and New Zealand.
Prestwich, who was born in Liverpool, England and raised in Adelaide in South Australia, wrote songs like 'When the War Is Over' and 'Forever Now' for the band's 1982 album 'Circus Animals.' He also co-wrote, with the band's keyboard player and chief songwriter Don Walker, the band's swansong hit 'Flame Trees,' regarded as an Australian rock classic.
Prestwich left Cold Chisel in early 1983 -- rejoining for the band's 'Last Stand' farewell tour -- and played briefly with the Little River Band in the mid-1980s, before coming back to Cold Chisel for reunions in 1998, 2003 and 2005. The band was reportedly considering a 2011 comeback until Prestwich's death.
Steve Prestwich was also responsible for two solo albums, 2000's 'Since You've Been Gone' and 2009's 'Every Highway.'