Following are a few messages from friends of Jason's that described him best:
"Man, that boy could run sound. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar. It wasn't just rock shows. He has done production for my daughter's dance recitals for years, as well as the Friendship Fest, Bradley Fish fry, many community events, etc., as well as most recently played drums for Greg Schneider/Susan Williams Band, The Silhouettes, etc.
Bottom line: if you've gone out and seen live music in our area in the last few decades, you've probably seen Haden or heard his sound. He was one of the few great old school minds that was still at it.
You're going to be missed. Hell, you already are.
Now, every time I hear thunder, I'm going to think it's Haden suplexing speakers."
"So many of us are remembering and sharing warm memories of Jason Haden tonight, in attempt to take away a sting that just won't subside. A friend, fellow musician, and incredible sound engineer, that so many of us owe so much to, has been taken from us far too soon. Jason has been a part of what we all do for so many years, and tonight it is just tough to reconcile the thought that those day's are now over forever. What a HUGE impact he had on what we do. Look at any band photo or video clip shared by a local band, and there's a damn good chance that Jason was behind the board when it was taken. It's no coincidence that even my own current profile pic is from a show where he was off to the side doing the monitor mix and making faces at me. He was always willing to help his fellow musicians out whenever he could. Whether it was fixing gear, answering questions about sound, referring you to good hands when he was already booked, and of course calling you to tell you about a piece of gear he found a good deal on, "that you just got to have" for your rig! (I always kind of wondered if he got kickbacks. LOL!) I guess the biggest compliment I can pay him is that you never had to worry when he was behind the board. Of all the worrisome things that go through your mind pre-show, how you were going to sound out front was never one of them when he was behind the board. Sure, you had to go through his set up tirades where he'd cuss, throw gear and say he was too old for this crap, but to be honest with you, most of the time those just made me laugh. Because you knew the tantrum would pass and that when the lights went down, he was all business.....Then of course three song's in when you stop to address the crowd you'd have to tell him to turn it down just a touch. That brought on his infamous smile and eye roll at me, followed by his need to remind me that I play in a Rock and Roll band and that it's supposed to BE LOUD! That was our routine every show. and once we got that out of the way, it was smooth sailing. I will miss our banter, and Jason, you will be missed GREATLY by all of us more than you will ever know. Thanks for being there my friend....Rest well."
"Hard to believe what I’m seeing is true... From jamming, to giving us rehearsal spaces, to lugging gear and running sound....thanks for all you did for me and the boys! Rest in paradise Jason Haden ! I know your out there smiling somewhere!"
"Everyone has friends that you used to hang around with on a regular basis, perhaps daily, or in this specific case even lived with at a couple different homes, but then life takes you in different directions. Not because of any kind of argument or disagreement, but just because that’s what life often does. And when you see each other somewhere around town a few times a year or so, you talk, laugh, have a great time chatting, and propose the often-said but seldom-done, “Let’s get together soon for a meal or a drink or something.” And then you get that phone call. The one I received late last night from the coroner’s office.
Virtually everyone has a mobile phone, and all of them come with calendars. Next time you are about to say, “Let’s get together soon”, stop yourself. Pick a time and day right there, put it on your calendars, and actually get together.
Because if you don’t, some day you will get that call or text. The one telling you that you NEVER will be able to get together with them.
RIP Jason Haden, 5/17/1976 – 9/21/2018."
Thanks for being there when you were, RIP my friend!!!
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