Steve Lee, singer with Swiss rock band Gotthard, has died in a motorcycle accident outside Las Vegas. He was 47 years old.
Lee, who had a British father and Swiss mother, co-founded the band in 1990 which went on to become one of the most successful Swiss acts ever. Their last 11 albums all charted at number one.
Lee, who grew up in Ticino and did an apprenticeship as a goldsmith, backed up his song-writing ability – he co-wrote many of the band’s hits – with a voice well suited to power ballads.
Gotthard’s sound and look was similar to rock bands of the Eighties and Nineties such as Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. They had recently toured with Eighties rockers Whitesnake.
Gotthard’s single Heaven, featured in the television program “Greatest Swiss Hits”.
Only two months ago Lee and his wife, a former Miss Switzerland, were involved in a car crash in Florence.
From Rob Rockitt:
This is terrible news. Steve Lee was a huge talent & the voice of the killer band Gotthard that many in the U.S. never got to know. I am shocked & stunned by this major loss to the hard rock community. My condolences go out to the the Lee family & friends, as well as the Gotthard fans worldwide.