Nick Cave has said a few words about his late bandmate and former Boys Next Door / The Birthday Party founder Rowland S. Howard.In a statement Cave said about the death of Rowland, "This is very sad news. Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist. He was also a good friend. He will be missed by many."
Rowland S. Howard passed away in Melbourne on December 30 after a battle with liver cancer. He guitarist was awaiting a liver transplant but it did not come in time.
Howard and Cave formed their first band The Boys Next Door in 1976 and later changed the band’s name to The Birthday Party.
One of Rowland’s song, ‘Shiver’ later became a big hit for The Screaming Jets.
Rowland S. Howard was 50.