Popular Croatian pop punk band Psihomodo Pop has announced that their drummer and bandmate Tigran “Tigi” Kalebota passed away suddenly on the afternoon of December 11.
Kalebota had just celebrated his 53rd birthday in early December and was with friends when he unexpectedly collapsed and died.
The post on the band’s official Facebook page, which was, until yesterday, busy with announcements of upcoming concerts, reads: “Dear all, our drummer and great friend Tigran Kalebota has unexpectedly left us. We are in the greatest shock. We ask for your understanding as we come to grips.”
Fans of the band have since responded by the hundreds on social media and elsewhere, from various countries in the region and around the world, often recalling the band’s history and significance.
Psihomodo Pop was formed in the early 1980s and soon gained a cult following in the former Yugoslavia, in particular after becoming the first Yugoslav band to be featured on a major international music network, MTV. Over three decades, the band has released eight studio albums and has toured the region, the Soviet Union, and even opened for The Ramones, a band they called their greatest influence.
In 2018, Psihomodo Pop is set to celebrate 35 years since the founding of the band and 30 years since the release of their debut album, ‘The Year of the Dragon’ (‘Godina Zmaja’). Tigran Kalebota was a founding member of the band, along with frontman and lead singer Davor Gobac and guitarist Smiljan Paradiš.
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