Soul Asylum bassist Karl Mueller dies


Pioneer Press

Karl Mueller, bass player and founding member of the band Soul Asylum,
died Friday morning in his Minneapolis home due to complications from
esophageal cancer. He was 41.

Soul Asylum rose to local prominence in the '80s alongside Twin Cities
bands the Replacements and Husker Du. In 1989, the band signed its first of
two major-label deals. Three years later, Soul Asylum's disc "Grave Dancers
Union" became a breakthrough, double-platinum hit and the band performed at
Bill Clinton's inaugural ball.

In May 2004, doctors discovered a tumor growing between Mueller's
trachea and esophagus, just below his vocal chords. He underwent
chemotherapy and was in remission during an October benefit concert that saw
performances from Soul Asylum, the Replacements' Paul Westerberg and a
reunion of Husker Du's Bob Mould and Grant Hart.


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