In a devastating incident at The Pub Station in Billings, MT, on Sunday, July 16th, the music world lost a talented individual. Dave Cohen, the guitar tech for Animals As Leaders and a respected luthier known for his work with Equilibrium Guitars, has tragically passed away due to an unexpected injury sustained while attending a Counterparts concert. Reports indicate Cohen’s untimely demise resulted from a mosh pit accident. His contributions to the music industry will be sorely missed.


A fan who attended the same show shared the following comment, which has since been deleted via Reddit:

“On Sunday night I was at a Counterparts show. Guitar tech for animals as leaders was in the pit enjoying the show, when unexpectedly things took a turn. I had posted about it earlier. I asked the venue what his condition was. They sent me this post. As for what happened. “He took an elbow to the face, lost consciousness, and never regained it. Paramedics tried all they could, they performed cpr and used defibrillators after he was having a seizure. It was very sad to see. RIP, prayers to his friends and family.”


Another Reddit user claiming to be a staff member at the venue expressed his belief behind the incident, which can be read here. Regardless of Reddit feeds, this was a tragedy and our thoughts are with Cohen’s family and friends during this devastating time. 


Animals As Leaders shared the following statement:

“Dear friends, Last night we experienced a part of life that none of us look forward to, the unexpected passing of our dear friend and guitar tech Dave Cohen. He was an amazing person, loved by all who met him. He was a wise and centered being. A true inspirational person to be around. We are thankful for the experiences and memories we shared with Dave. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. A soul is lost but never forgotten. 🖤”