>>> Martin Kielty, TeamRock.com - 07/30/2014
Iconic rock guitarist, bandleader and songwriter Dick Wagner has died at the age of 71, it's been confirmed.
He's respected for being a driving force in Alice Cooper's band during his School's Out and Welcome To My Nightmare era of the 1970s. He wrote classic track Only Women Bleed, which has been covered by more than 30 artists since its 1975 release.
He'd already been leader of Lou Reed's band and had worked with Billy Joel before tying up with Cooper. He later worked in the studio with Aerosmith and performed and composed with artists including Peter Gabriel, Nils Lofgren, Rod Stewart, Grand Funk Railroad and many others.
Wagner, who'd rekindled his working relationship with Cooper in recent years, had been ill for some time. He'd undergone heart surgery earlier this month, after fighting back from a severe heart attack in 2007 - and although vowing to "play for you all again one day soon" he was in a medically-induced coma when he passed away last night.