In the days after Walk Off the Earth announced keyboardist and vocalist Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor passed away, the band members took to social media to honor their late friend.
Taylor’s bandmates — Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, Ryan Marshall, Joel Cassady and Peter Kirkwood — shared touching messages in his memory, calling him “one of the most intelligent and spirited individuals I’ve ever known,” and “always the first person I called when I needed advice in life or business.”
See below for each of the Walk Off the Earth tributes to Taylor.
I’m crushed Mikey. Absolutely floored. I don’t know how this looks without you. I don’t wanna know. I want you to come and smack me on the back so hard I want to fight you. Or belt in to those god awful show-tunes that made me leave the green room. I want you too see how successful and amazing your kids are gonna turn out to be. I want you to play bohemian rhapsody 400 more times. I’m sorry brother…I’m sorry we didn’t have more time. But I’m happy for the time we did have, cuz we nailed it. You lived in the moment and I love you for it. You will never be forgotten. Love Marsh. @walkofftaylor #beardguy
— Sarah Blackwood (@SarahBlackwood1) December 31, 2018
In addition to being one of the most intelligent and spirited individuals I’ve ever known, MT was also one of the funniest. Out on the road he would often grab my phone when I wasn’t looking and snap a few sneaky selfies for me to discover after the fact – something that had become a sort of tour tradition over the years that always brought a smile to my face. I really didn’t think this one from Houston last month would be the last one I’d ever get from him, but here we are. I don’t know why the world works the way that it does, and I don’t know why bad things happen to good people. What I do know is that Mike was a truly one of a kind guy who lived life to the absolute fullest and had a spirit that was even bigger than the legend of the mighty “Beard Guy”. I take great comfort in knowing that he was able to touch the lives of so many – through music, through business, through everyday life – and that his inimitable style and artistry will live on and continue to inspire people all over the world for generations to come. Rest up, MT. You taught me a lot, and I’m so proud to have called you my friend and my bandmate for the better part of a decade. See you on the other side. ??????
— Joel Cassady (@joel_cassady) January 1, 2019