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Two Members of Tower of Power Hit by Train in California


Tower of Power circa 1970; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Bassist Marc Van Wageningen and drummer Dave Garibaldi of the legendary soul and R&B band Tower of Power were hit by a train in Oakland Thursday night.

The Oakland Fire Department reports there were no fatalities, but Van Wageningen and Garibaldi’s conditions are unknown, other than that their injuries aren’t life-threatening.  Reports are they were trying to cross the train tracks when the accident occurred last night around 7:45 p.m.

Tower of Power is a multi-ethnic R&B band from Oakland that’s been performing since 1968. The group was scheduled to play a concert in downtown Oakland, but the show was abruptly cancelled. The band has been on tour and has dates booked through February 17. It is unclear if those dates will be postponed or cancelled.

Sheila E. tweeted “Please pray for my frenz, Bassist Marc Van Wageningen, drummer Dave GARIBALDI for tower power hit by a train in front of Yoshi’s in Oakland.” Van Wageningen played on E.’s 1991 album, Sex Cymbal, and has toured with her on and off for years.

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