R.I.P. Ranch Sironi of Nebula

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Stalwart Californian heavy psychedelic rockers Nebula are mourning the passing of bassist Ranch Sironi, age 32. The band have canceled the European tour they were due to start today, which would have featured appearances at Hellfest, Heavy Psych Sounds Fest, Stoomfest, Rock in Bourlon and more, and this month are set to release a split with Black Rainbows titled In Search of the Cosmic Tale: Crossing the Galactic Portal to follow-up on the Livewired in Europe live outing from earlier this Spring. There has been no cause of death listed, but the loss is a tragedy for the band still likely reeling from the death of prior bassist Tom Davies, who passed away from cancer less than a year ago. They posted the following on social media:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and bassist, Ranch, this morning. Due to this tragic loss, the Nebula Tour has been canceled. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and everyone who knew him. We appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult time.

The canceled tour dates are as follows:

TH. 06.06.24 IT PRATO – OFF TUNE FESTIVAL
FR. 07.06.24 IT BERGAMO – ROCK IN RIOT
SA. 08.06.24 CH MARTIGNY – HPS FEST CH
MO. 10.06.24 IT ZERO BRANCO – ALTROQUANDO
TU. 11.06.24 SL LJUBLJANA – GALA HALA
WE. 12.06.24 HR ZAGREB – THE VINTAGE INDUSTRIAL
TH. 13.06.24 DE RAVENSBURG – IRISH PUB SLAINTE
SA. 15.06.24 DE MUNSTER – RARE GUITAR
MO. 17.06.24 FR SEIGNOSSE – THE BLACK FLAG
TU. 18.06.24 ES SAN SEBASTIAN – DABADABA
WE. 19.06.24 ES MADRID – WURLIZER
TH. 20.06.24 ES BARCELONA – SALA UPLOAD
FR. 21.06.24 FR BORDEAUX – LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE
SU. 23.06.24 FR BOURLON – ROCK IN BOURLON
FR. 28.06.24 FR CLISSON – HELLFEST
SA. 29.06.24 FR MANIGOD – NAMASS PAMOUSS FESTIVAL
SU. 30.06.24 FR CHAMBERY – BRIN DE ZINC
MO. 01.07.24 FR PARIS – SUPERSONIC
TH. 04.07.24 UK SHEFFIELD – YELLOW ARCH STUDIO
FR. 05.07.24 UK LONDON – STOOMFEST
SA. 06.07.24 UK NOTTINGHAM – ROUGH TRADE

Obviously it’s too soon for the band to have makeup plans in the works let alone made public. Founding guitarist/vocalist Eddie Glass brought the band back with live shows and the 2019 album Holy Shit with Mike Amster on drums and Davies on bass, and Sironi stepped in to take up the low end role as Davies’ heath declined. Sironi did not play on 2022’s Transmission From Mothership Earth and was making his studio debut with the band on the three songs of the coming split with Black Rainbows.

The loss of a player so young is especially hard to take; somebody just beginning what hopefully would have been a long and fruitful tenure with Nebula as part of his own career arc. On behalf of myself and this site, I offer condolences to Ranch Sironi’s family, friends and bandmates. I don’t have any other info at this time and honestly doubt more will be forthcoming publicly, but there’s no angle from which his death is anything but deeply sad. Hug your friends. Hug everybody.

Nebula, Live in France, Oct. 11, 2023

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3 Responses to “R.I.P. Ranch Sironi of Nebula”

  1. Erich says:

    R.I.P., far to young.

  2. Courtney says:

    Omg, so sorry ?. Unbelievable.

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