Neil Lasher, who turned finest generally known as an intervention specialist within the 2010s after many years within the music trade, has died from coronavirus problems. He was 73.
“Neil was a sort and mild soul who cared deeply about his mates in addition to complete strangers,” Jason Flom, who has headed up a number of document labels and now leads Lava Publishing, wrote on Instagram. “Relaxation in peace my buddy, you might be gone however not forgotten.”
In accordance with a report in AllAccess, Lasher had been admitted to a Connecticut hospital with a COVID-19 prognosis almost two weeks in the past and spent 9 days on a ventilator.
Jacob Fain was among the many execs paying tribute to Lasher on social media. “I had the pleasure of working with Neil for over a decade and our work collectively on MusiCares was a few of my most memorable collectively,” mentioned Fain, the senior VP of A&R artist growth at Sony/ATV Publishing, the place Lasher was a advisor, on Instagram. “A real music man from each fiber, Neil lived and breathed a ardour for our enterprise that few have and his respect for songwriters and artists ran deep. He was a loving accomplice and a buddy to all he met. Those that had the pleasure of realizing him had been all the higher for it. Our world will likely be endlessly modified by this virus, however we are going to return to regular quickly sufficient. Nonetheless, as we do, there will likely be one factor lacking. Uncle Neil gained’t be right here.”
In 2012, Lasher was one of many honorees on the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund profit live performance (receiving a tribute alongside Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell) after he had turn into a licensed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. Sober for a quarter-century at that time, he was lively in creating alcohol and substance abuse packages for these within the music trade, and served as a advisor for MusiCares and its Protected Harbor Room program.
“Neil has constructed a rare profession spanning greater than 30 years within the music trade, and a parallel profession within the area of substance abuse the place his title has turn into synonymous with restoration and survival,” Neil Portnow, then the president/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, mentioned previous to the 2012 honor for Lasher.
“I’ve been very lucky to have two rewarding careers — one within the music trade and one within the area of habit restoration,” Lasher mentioned on the time. “I’ve made numerous mates in each, and have fantastic recollections spanning a few years. And since I’ve seen the ravages of habit take their toll on artists, crew members, myself, and others who work within the music enterprise, I’ve been a supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund from the very starting.”
With greater than three many years of expertise within the music trade, Lasher had gone on from being a disc jockey and radio promotion government to specializing in the publishing facet. In his later years he was a senior advisor for Sony/ATV Music Publishing in New York. He additionally served as VP of promotion, advertising and artist relations at EMI Music Publishing.