A Tribute To Jennifer John (a.k.a. Nettie)
The Bloc Party fan community was shocked to hear about the tragic death of Jennifer John, known to many people as Nettie, last week. Nettie/Jen was a vibrant member of the Bloc live scene, always seen at the front row of any gigs near London. She suffered fatal injuries in a car crash en route to watch Kasabian at the Eden Sessions in Cornwall...the band dedicated the gig to her. Bloc Party themselves had grown to know Nettie over the past few years, with Gordy himself posting this tribute...
"We're flying home from our gig at in Montreux this morning and have only just heard about Nettie's death. I think I speak for the whole band when I say we're completely floored by the news. Nettie was an amazing presence at our shows, quietly dedicated to being first in line and first on the barrier. I have lost count of the times I've looked down and seen Nettie's beaming face directly in front of me, Bloc Party t-shirt in place, camera in the air to capture that rare outing of 'Skeleton'. I saw her on the barrier at Glastonbury just last week - at the front of how many tens of thousands of people? You could set your watch by her. I can't even think of a London gig in the last few years that she's not been at. She's been part of the family for such a long time and that's why we're so upset by the news. We're having a think about what would be a fitting tribute for Nettie but beyond this we'd like to say that Nettie and her friends and family, and the whole Bloc community, are very much in our thoughts today as we come to terms with what a loss this will be to our shows from now on."
As well as being a Bloc Party über-fan (and running KeleOkereke.net), Nettie also managed a Coldplay fansite and has been remembered on their website too. Her passion, vitality, and warm-hearted personality will be sorely missed, not to mention her smiling face at the front barrier of many a rock concert.
When Jen found out about that her photo was featured on this billboard outside London's O2 Arena, she said that she'd like her friends to have their picture taken with it when passing by. Some fellow Bloc Party fans went to pay tribute to her a few days ago with letters and flowers at this spot.