Er word een publiek herdenkingsmoment ingesteld voor de herdenking van Gotthard zanger Steve Lee. Steve overleed onlangs tijdens een motoraccident. De zanger zal op 17 oktober 2010 herdenken worden te Zwitserland in het Gotthard Pass Hospice om 10.00
De overlevende members van de groep brachten volgend statement naar voren:
"On the afternoon of October 5th 2010 our group, consisting of 22 male and female bikers on 12 Harley-Davidsons, was on its way from Las Vegas to St. George, Utah, in bright weather.
"About 15 miles from Mesquite, a severe thunderstorm began. One of the bikes started to have some technical problems with its ignition, so we stopped on the breakdown lane and switched on our warning lights. The last guy in the group was reminding us to be very careful with the traffic passing by, so we paid attention. At the same time it started to rain more heavily, so the group decided to put on rain gear.
"A truck was speeding towards the group. For some inexplicable reason, the very heavy truck crashed into several of our bikes. The impact was so severe that one of the bikes was thrown into the air, hit Steve and crushed him to the ground. The group immediately secured the accident area and started to give him first aid.
"At the same time we dialed the emergency number 911 and after a few minutes the first police car arrived. The patrolman had brought a defibrillator and, with our help, he immediately started to apply it. In the meantime, in the pouring rain, we all started working together to try to save Steve's life. A couple of minutes later, a second police car arrived and brought a complete set of first aid equipment. A helicopter also arrived. During all that time resuscitation attempts were maintained. After long minutes of trying, the doctor had to confirm that Steve was dead.
"Miraculously, no other person in the group was injured. We are all aware that it could have been any one of us — and it could have even been the whole group.
"Together with the local police, our tour guides organized the transport for us all to a nearby hotel in Mesquite. The hotel offered us a quiet room in which we could mourn, talk to each other and cry together.
"We all agree that the tour guides prepared and handled our trip very professionally. Our group still trusts the guides 100%.
"Steve's loss is an incredible tragedy for all of us. Together we are trying to get over all the grieving and the pain and to be there for each other. It is a very hard time for all of us.
"Steve Lee's lifelong dream to drive just once through the USA, on a Harley, should have come true during these two weeks. After we started our trip in Los Angeles, we passed Death Valley and Las Vegas. Our next stop would have been St. George in Utah, from where we had planned to head for Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley. This was to have been the place where Steve planned to surprise [his longtime girlfriend] Brigitte [Voss-Balzarini] with some very special Indian jewellery. To show her Las Vegas and to enjoy together the special atmosphere there was one of his greatest wishes for the trip."
Steve Lee werd 47 jaar oud en was kind van een Britse vader en een Zwisterse moeder. Steve stond samen met de andere leden van Gotthard aan de start van de band in 1990 en releasde maar liefst 11 albums. Alle albums haalden de nummer 1 in Zwitserland. Het laatste album "Need To Believe" werd zelfs met platinum bekroond in de thuisstad van de groep voor de verkoop van maar liefst 30.000 exemplaren.