Former Weezer bassist found dead in Chicago hotel

Mikey Welsh

Mikey Welsh, the former bassist for Weezer, was found dead in a Streeterville hotel, the Chicago Sun-Times  reports.

Here is a portion of the Sun-Times story:

The former bassist of the alternative rock band Weezer was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a Streeterville hotel room Saturday — a day before the group’s Chicago concert, authorities said.

Mikey Welsh, 40, had not played with Weezer in 10 years and planned on attending the band’s Riot Fest show Sunday at the Congress Theater in Logan Square, according to a statement on Weezer’s website.

Police said emergency personnel responded about 1:30 p.m. Saturday to the Raffaello Hotel, 201 E. Delaware Place, when Welsh failed to check out by the scheduled time. Hotel personnel unsuccessfully attempted to enter the room, but emergency crews later found him on the floor not breathing and pronounced him dead on the scene, police said. The hotel had no comment.

Authorities said Welsh, of South Burlington, Vt., died of an apparent drug overdose. The results of a Sunday autopsy performed by the medical examiner’s office are pending toxicological reports.

Welsh played bass with Weezer from 1998 until 2001, during which time the band released a self-titled album also known as “The Green Album.” The band said he left after suffering a nervous breakdown and became a painter.

Curtain call for Loyola’s Mullady Memorial Theatre

The curtain is closing on the Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre as Loyola University Chicago is preparing for the opening of brand new theater in Mundelein Center, August 2012. Witness history in action (literally) by purchasing mainstage theater season tickets now to Mullady’s classical and final performances.

Here are more details from Inside Loyola:

The historic Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre will soon be closing its doors after 43 years as the home of Loyola’s theatrical talent. Now’s your chance to purchase tickets for the 2011-2012 mainstage theater season, which will be the last hosted in Mullady before a brand new theater and studio space in Mundelein Center opens in August 2012.

The 2011-2012 mainstage theater season includes Stephen Soddeim’s Into the Woods, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.

Into the Woods | Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Sarah Gabel | November 3-13, 2011
A modern twist on conventional fairy tale lore, Into the Woods takes center stage this fall. Several of Grimm’s familiar characters come to life and face new challenges in this enchanting and popular Broadway favorite.

Measure for Measure | By William Shakespeare | Directed by Mark E. Lococo | February 9-19, 2012
In the moral universe of Shakespeare’s Vienna, “some rise by sin and some by virtue fall.” This is the setting of Shakespeare’s unconventional comedy of ethics, deception, and hypocrisy. Measure for Measure arrives at Loyola this spring as part of a collaborative Shakespeare celebration with Bradley University and Western Illinois University.

A Streetcar Named Desire | By Tennessee Williams | Directed by Jonathan Wilson | April 12-22, 2012
Set in the steamy streets of New Orleans, Williams’ drama offers an atmospheric portrait of desperation, deception, and sexual chemistry. The play demonstrates the conflict between the iconic figures of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, and presents one of the most well-known, tragic story lines in 20th-century theatre.

The University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is currently offering mainstage subscription packages to theater lovers of the Loyola community. According to the DFPA’s Arts Alive blog, benefits of subscribing include savings of more than 25 percent off single tickets, having the best seats in the house, unlimited free ticket exchanges, special opportunities for advance sales of second stage productions, and restaurant recommendations for the night of the show.

To view details about the available subscription packages, please visit the DFPA’s website by clicking here. For more information about the 2011-2012 theater season, please send an e-mail to or call 773.508.3847.

– Ruthie Tomuta