by Andria Lisle
Sky Saxon, leader of iconic 1960s-era L.A. garage rock group the Seeds, died in Austin, Texas, today.
According to Austin360.com, Saxon was hospitalized on Monday with "an infection of the internal organs," just two days after he performed at Antone's with local group Shapes Have Fangs.
Sabrina Saxon, Sky's wife, posted this message on Facebook: “Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep him here with us. More later. I’m sorry.”
Best known for British psych-meets-American blues rock numbers like "Pushing Too Hard" and "Can't Seem To Make You Mine," Saxon reportedly coined the term "Flower Power" in the '60s, joined the Source Family religious commune in the '70s, and resurfaced on the garage-rock festival circuit in more recent years. In 2004, Saxon and the New Seeds appeared at the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation's "Tryin' To Mess My Mind" festival in New Orleans.
Last year, Memphis musician Scott Rogers (The Perfect Fits, Brand New Love Affairs, Cool Jerks, Dutch Masters) backed Saxon on a European tour.
Here's Saxon in his heyday,
performing lip-syncing with the Seeds on Shebang, circa 1967: