Mason Swearingen, lead singer, bassist, bandleader is dead.
Friends and families are paying tributes on social media to Beloved Mason Swearingen who recently passed away.
We learned of the passing of Mason Swearingen from the following tributes posted on social media.
It is with the utmost sadness and words cannot express the grief we’re all feeling right now…
Last night, Mason Swearingen, lead singer, bassist, bandleader, brother to us all, passed away on stage.
Every cliche for a passing loved one comes to mind, but to merely label Mason as just a husband, a son, a friend, a musician, just doesn’t cut it. The impact he played in everyone’s lives was beyond any one role.
Mason’s passion was being the band leader of “Beginnings – The Ultimate Chicago Tribute”. This goes way beyond learning the bass parts and high vocals that he worked so hard on for every performance. He engaged in every email, post, phone call to every venue and its representation. Mason did all of this and more with a smile. Every “meet and greet” after each show saw Mason shaking hands and smiling in pictures with everyone. We’re on stage for 90 minutes for each show, but the countless hours he put into this band off stage to make the next show better for everyone involved are incalculable.
His passion was for the music of Chicago, but more importantly, for the people that came to see us, for providing for his band mates and for making everyone in the venue feel like they were celebrating life and live music with us. Every night was more than a tribute, it was a celebration of the power of live music and how it can transport the band and the audience to a better place….
Mason was the voice of the band – beyond Chicago’s lyrics, the heart of the band, beyond the notes…and soul of this band, beyond just a fellow musician and dear friend and we were honored to share the stage with him through thick and thin.
Mason would always say “It’s Only The Beginning”, when he promoted a show to imply the next great gig was one we haven’t played yet….and we would love to embrace that sentiment as heaven just got one amazing soul….
We are deeply saddened and will need time to process this profound loss.
Thank you for the immediate outpouring of love in this difficult time.
Mason would want us to celebrate his life and passion for live music…
Devastating news in the Chicago Tribute Band world. We have just learned of the passing of Beginnings lead singer and bassist band member Mason Swearingen. The entire Chicago 9 band members send out our heartfelt condolences to the Beginnings band members, family and fans. He was one of the best, gonna miss you my friend. Please send prayers to the entire Beginnings family. RIP Mason 😢
Words cannot really express it, but I’ll try anyway. I was (and still am) shocked and devastated today to learn of the sudden passing of my friend Mason Swearingen, the lead singer, bassist, and bandleader of Beginnings.
Mason was not only a musical force, but also a tremendous human being. Every time we played and hung out together, he simply radiated joy – even (and remarkably) in the face of adversity. Even more, he was one of those guys who always seemed to care deeply. He always made you feel like you mattered.
Well, my friend, maybe I never told you in so many words, but you mattered a great deal too, to so many of us. It was a true blessing to get to know you and to play together. I will dearly miss your smile, your voice, your laughter, and your passion. Not to mention those fat bass lines. Rock on in heaven, Mason…
The John Fogerty Tribute Project sends our sincere condolences and prayers to the friends and family of Mason Swearingen. Mason, the bassist, lead singer and bandleader of the Chicago Tribute Beginnings, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night while on stage performing. While I have never met Mason personally, I have had the pleasure of seeing Beginnings perform several times and they truly got it right. The level of determination and dedication it takes to get the music right and do justice to the band or artist you are paying tribute to is immense and it is apparent by the outpouring of grief and sympathy by Mason’s friends and fans that he was a dedicated musician, a huge talent, and a loving friend. May you rest in peace brother. Your music and passion lives on. You will be missed.
Jay Cummings wrote
Horrible news this morning..RIP Mason Swearingen,..I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him on a few occasions,..just an awesome musician and all around good soul..he’ll be missed, condolences to his entire family and friends..
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a dear friend and colleague, Mason Swearingen. The outpouring of love, photos, and remembrances that I’ve seen posted by so many today are a true testament to what an incredible human being Mason was. He touched and made a positive impact in the lives of everyone he met. I am so thankful of the many great times we shared on and off stage. My deepest condolences to Linda, the Swearingen family, and the Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago (Official) family. Sending thoughts, prayers, and love to you all at this difficult time. 😥
Last night Rock n’ Roll heaven gained an angel. Our deepest condolences go out to the family & loved ones of Mason Swearingen, the lead vocalist, bassist, & bandleader of Beginnings the Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band, who closed our 2018-2019 concert season with a bang. Mason Swearingenwas a talented musician & true professional who always had an infectious smile. He & his fellow band members absolutely loved performing for our patrons & doing student outreach for the Marine Military Academy. RIP, Mason. 🎶 ❤️
Mitch Gerber wrote
Good morning friends….my heart is broken this morning….woke up and made breakfast and just got the news my friend Mason Swearingen , from Beginnings band, has passed away last night…We lost a truly amazing and talented man…. Johnny, George, Adam, Scott, and especially his wife Linda, I’m in shock right now… I still can’t believe this….Rock and roll heaven just got a true angel…R.I.P. Mason……we all loved you and will miss you and your incredibly voice and infectious smile
When I picture him in my mind’s eye, I can’t see him without that wide, happy grin on his face.
I felt a kinship with Mason Swearingen, in part because of how enthusiastically his music buddies insisted that I meet him. The first of these was David Koch, a guy I met digital eons ago and whom I considered a kindred spirit, largely because he worked in the digital business but his heart was in music.
Dave used to describe Mason as a kind of musical soulmate, not only because of how long they had known one another, but because the two just meshed with their creativity.
Dave and Mason were in a band together – one that we used to love to go see play bars and clubs around NYC with a group of digital folks who never lost that teenage enthusiasm for hard rock. (You know who you are.) Mason played rhythm guitar in that band, but Dave used to tell me about the music he and Mason used to write together.
“You gotta hear Mason sing,” Dave used to tell me. “He’s amazing.”
I didn’t hear Mason sing lead until one summer when I decided to keep a promise I had made to myself – that one day I would invite everyone I knew to come hang out in my back yard, drink some beer and listen to some music. Talking it over with some of the old crew, someone said “you should have Dave and Mason come play with their band.”
“You think they’d do it?” I asked. Wading River was a hike from NYC.
Somehow, they pulled it off. Gringo Love Show. My back yard. Me and over 500 of my closest friends. Digital mavens who could make or break my career, mixing it up with some of my old friends from college and high school – friends from around the block and friends who flew in from out of state. Like I said – everyone I knew.
Mason and Dave carried that party. They played a lot of great tunes. And I remember during a band break when we were playing MP3s over the PA system – there’s Mason right in the middle of all of it, that wide grin that I can’t picture him without, flitting between groups of people standing at beer pong tables and spilling happy vibes all over everything.
I remember thinking to myself “Man, that guy can light up a room.”
Mason and Dave did that gig more than a few times. The next time they played, it was as Almost Famous. Dave switched from drums to guitar, and Mason was out front as lead singer. Mason even encouraged me to jump up on stage and play a few tunes with the band – Funk #49, You Really Got Me and some other tunes my poor guitar chops could barely carry me through. Every time I tried to get off stage, Mason would cajole me back on, saying they “weren’t through with you, yet.” That big smile made embarrassing myself a lot more fun than it usually is.
Years later, my cousin started dating a guy in a tribute band, and as we were comparing Facebook friends, I noticed she and I had Mason in common. It was one of those weird things where you see two social circles happily colliding. One night I went out with her to catch one of her boyfriend’s gigs and she started introducing me around to some of the people who played in tribute bands and cover bands in the area. They all knew Mason. “Who DOESN’T know Mason?” was a common refrain. The guy just made an impression on everybody in that scene.
At the time, Mason wasn’t just playing out with Dave in Almost Famous. He was in a few other bands, including Completely Unchained (a Van Halen tribute) and Beginnings (Chicago tribute). I was struck by how talented and motivated this talented singer and multi-instrumentalist was, and I was wowed by his work ethic.
You couldn’t fake that smile. Every time I saw Mason entertaining, he was beaming like a lighthouse. It was infectious. If you were in a funk or something after work and you went to see one of his gigs, you left smiling just as broadly as Mason did.
I was deeply saddened to hear today that Mason passed away at a gig last night. There are a lot of people taking solace in the notion that he died doing what he loved, but that’s difficult for me. The guy was just a beacon, you know.
When I think about Mason, I think about how effortlessly he seemed to be able to spread happiness. And the world needs more of those people, not fewer, right now.
I’m glad to have known you, Mason, and of all the things I’ll miss about you, it will be your beacon of light.
Johnny Roggio wrote
Today marks the Hardest day of my life. I cannot express how much hurt I am feeling. I am broken, destroyed & at an utter loss for words. Last Night, I lost a Brother, Onstage & at my side. Mason Swearingen your are my brother, my best friend & my Wingman both Night & Day onstage & off. You sir, are one of the biggest parts of my life.
I am truly lost … The Man that’s always to my “Right” is now gone forever in my life.
I will try & express my Love for Mason, his life & the music we made together, when I can breathe again.
But for now, let me just say Mason I love you .. This Hurts me so Bad, I can hardly write what I feel.
We pray for Mason, His Wife Linda, & the whole Swearingen Family. The best years of my life have been spent together as this “Dynamic Duo”