"He was always part of the scene," says
On Saturday, friends will come together to pay tribute to Walker and raise money for his family. Walker died from an accidental fall on
Cook says that while Walker didn't perform in the band Mustard, he was an essential part of it. Walker designed the band's artwork, posters and flyers, and shot video of the group. It was, in fact, Walker who was with Cook on the night that Cook decided to begin recording music and start a band. The two drove from
"I had been practicing guitar thinking maybe I'd start a band one day, but these guys, technically I was better than all of them, but they just blew me away. When we left I told Dave, 'I'm gonna do it!' I saw you didn't need to be technically perfect to be great."
Mustard's first single was called "My Friend David" because of a verse in the song that was actually about Walker.
That song, which featured Cook twanging a rubber band secured in his teeth, landed the group on the playlist of
"People could really hear the rubber band," says Cook. "People noticed it."
Mustard consisted of Cook, drummer
Mustard drummer Mitchell died in 2003, and Cook thought he would never perform under that name again.
"The idea of sticking a guy in Nathan's place just didn't seem right to me," says Cook.
Turpin is returning for the tribute show and Mitchell's place will be taken up by several bass players.
Cook says Mustard was ending just as the High Score was taking shape, and Walker and Cook were both founding members.
"Dave had never played bass and (High Score singer/guitarist)
The original lineup of the group -- Cook, Trosper, Walker and drummer
Cook eventually left the group as well because he was unable to tour with the band. He now plays with the popular cover band Pop Rox.
It's the original High Score lineup -- with former V-Roys bassist
Cook says after Walker's death, the idea for a benefit began to take shape.
Cook says he thinks of Walker every day. Walker was best man at Cook's wedding and when Cook later divorced, it was Walker who let him live with him when he had to move out. Cook is still living at the house and encountering the things that Walker left behind.
"I don't know how I'm going to make it through it without being a big crybaby."
Dave Walker Benefit
With: Mustard, The High Score, The French and Punken Stupor
Where: The Shed,
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