The Call's Michael Been: 1950-2010

August 20, 2010  |  11:21am

Michael Been, singer and guitarist for ‘80s alt-pop band The Call, died yesterday (Aug. 19) in Belgium. He was 60.

Been suffered a heart attack while working backstage as sound engineer for his son Robert Been’s (AKA: Robert Turner) band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. He was rushed to the hospital but quickly passed.

The Call was hailed by Peter Gabriel (who asked the band to open for him on tour) as “the future of American music.” Some of the Bay Area band’s biggest hits from the early ‘80s include “The Walls Came Down” and “Let the Day Begin.”

Been also released a solo album On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough in 1994 with the minor hit “Us,” and appeared as Apostle John in Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film, The Last Temptation of Christ.

Watch The Call’s 1986 performance of “I Still Believe” below:

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