Sometimes, the only way to say goodbye is through song. In the tradition of memorial anthems like Michael Jackson's "Gone Too Soon" or Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," Vermont's 8084 recently released "When Angels Slip Away," a tribute to their longtime friend and supporter, Jennifer McClintock. Listen below.
McClintock passed away on December 10, 2016, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. To many, she was best known as Jennifer Foxx, program director and radio personality at Star 92.9 FM.
A self-described "hair band," 8084 have been rocking the Green Mountains since the 1980s, and still perform in their home state approximately once a year. They first met Foxx during their early days while playing a show in Springfield, Mass. Years later, they reconnected with McClintock through her role at the radio station.
"We never thought of her as a fan or anything like that. In the Burlington area, she [was] one of the family," 8084 guitarist/vocalist Randy Smith told Seven Days in a recent phone conversation.
After McClintock's passing, the band felt moved to pay homage. Smith and guitarist/vocalist Andre Maquera wrote the paean and recorded it at Maquera's studio, West Street Digital, in St. Albans. All proceeds generated from the song support a fund in McClintock's name with the American Cancer Society.
8084 reunite for a headlining show at the Higher Ground Ballroom on Saturday, May 13, during which they plan to perform the new song for the first time.