Former Social Distortion Drummer Charlie Quintana Dead at 56
Drummer Charlie Quintana, best known for his tenure with Social Distortion, has died at the age of 56.
News of Quintana's death comes courtesy of his Facebook page, and although the circumstances surrounding his death weren't divulged, it looks likely that he'd been through some fairly hard times recently. "Many had tried to help Charlie Quintana in his time of need, while others turned their back on him at his darkest hour," reads the post. "He moved Mexico from the U.S. where he cared for stray dogs and loved his new life. There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them."
Quintana's tenure with Social Distortion, which lasted from 2000-2009, was arguably his highest-profile gig as an official band member, but it was by no means the only impressive stint on his resume. After starting out in the '70s with the punk band the Plugz, Quintana embarked on a successful and prolific career as a sideman, sitting behind the kit for a list of artists that ranged from roots rockers like the Cruzados and Izzy Stradlin to alt-rock acts like Cracker, pop star Joan Osborne and even Bob Dylan.
Parting on good terms with Social Distortion, Quintana expressed a desire to pursue other projects and spend time with his family, and he added a handful of projects to his list of credits in the ensuing years. Although he was never as well known as some of his peers, a number of the artists he knew and played with have taken to social media to share their grief and offer their condolences, among them former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and the members of Cracker.