Just months ago, Q101 was proud to relaunch Local 101 with a special, intimate performance by Lucky Boys Confusion at The Montrose Room in Rosemont. For the lucky few who made it into that room that night (many had to be turned away at the door of the venue inside the Hotel Incontinental), it was an amazing, even joyful show with a band in top form. Sadly, it was the last time most of us got to experience a show with Joe Sell on guitar. The 33 year old Naperville native passed away Tuesday. Our hearts and prayers go out to him and his family, both his blood and beloved ones, and his brothers in LBC. RIP Joe. Too soon brother. Too soon. Safe passage. Read more courtesy of the Daily Herald:
In a way, Lucky Boys Confusion guitarist Joe Sell was a simple man.
He loved reading and relaxing with friends and had an ear for musical tone so strong it was beyond perfect pitch, the band’s lead singer, Stubhy Pandav, said.
Sell, of Naperville, died Tuesday night. He was 33.
“He was brilliant. He was extremely well-read,” Pandav said about his longtime friend and bandmate. “He found happiness in the smallest things, from gummy candy to Harry Potter books. He was a simple man when it came down to that.”
One of his four sisters, 27-year-old Jackie Sell, on Wednesday described her brother as “a total nerd in disguise of this rock star.”
“He was so down-to-earth, you could talk to him about anything,” she said. “He had a thing for the underdog, so he clicked with people who were outcasts.”
Sell had been in the hospital with pancreas problems about two or three months ago, but Pandav did not immediately know what caused the guitarist’s death. Jackie Sell said her brother struggled with addictions over time, but “was trying his hardest” to overcome them.
“We knew that he was sick, but we also saw how much he was getting better,” Pandav said.
As fans of Lucky Boys Confusion posted “rest in peace” messages online, Pandav said Sell should be remembered for his musical talents.
He was one of five members of the punk band that got its start in 1997 playing small gigs near its members’ hometowns of Naperville and Downers Grove before gaining a record deal and national recognition.
Largely self-taught, Sell built on piano skills he practiced growing up and learned to play guitar by attempting songs by favorite bands Guns N’ Roses and Led Zeppelin. At family gatherings, he would lead singalongs and play any song requested on command, his sister said.