The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59.
by Jon Davis, Published 2020-03-24
Rieflin was a Seattle native who maintained his roots in the city while gaining international notice with many high-profile credits to his name. After working in a number of regional groups, including The Telepaths and The Blackouts in the late 70s. In the 80s, he became involved with the industrial scene in Revolting Cocks and Ministry, later playing with KMFDM and Pigface. Connections led to connections, and work with Ruby, Swans, and Nine Inch Nails.
With Ten Seconds, he entered into the circle of bands related to King Crimson, playing with Trey Gunn, The Humans, and finally joining King Crimson as part of the three-drummer touring lineup in 2013. He also contributed to a number of REM albums, as well as recordings by Robyn Hitchcock, The Minus 5, and many more.
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