Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has led tributes to a young Newcastle musician after he was tragically hit and killed by a train in May.
The famous singer took to Instagram on Sunday to share a special tribute to Sam Murphy, who was killed at Cardiff Station on a night out on May 21, aged 23.
A fundraiser ‘Shred For Sam’ will be held on Sunday at The Newcastle Hotel to pay tribute to Sam’s love of rock music and serve as a fundraiser for his family.
Daniel’s tribute began: ‘A talented and loving young man Sam Murphy was tragically hit by a train and killed.
‘Sam was a beautiful son to De, a supportive brother to Cheyenne, a loyal cousin to Lachlan, a respected bandmate and a friend to many.’
Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns (pictured) has led the tributes to Sam Murphy, a young Newcastle musician who was tragically hit by a train in May
The famous singer took to Instagram on Sunday to share a special tribute to Sam (pictured) who was killed at Cardiff Station on a night out on May 21, aged 23
After reading a story about Sam and seeing a photo of the young man’s best friend Zane Fleming wearing a Silverchair T-shirt, Daniel decided to reached out to Sam’s family.
‘We spoke about honouring Sam and making sure his legacy and love of music was never forgotten,’ Daniel wrote.
He went on to encourage fans to leave a loving message.
‘Like me, most of you won’t have met Sam but it would mean a lot if you could leave a message of support for him here or elsewhere,’ he wrote.
After reading a story about Sam and seeing this photo of the young man’s best friend Zane Fleming wearing a Silverchair T-shirt, Daniel decided to reached out to Sam’s family
He confirmed that the show will be on Sunday, with Zane’s band Lost Plaza being in the line-up.
The Shred For Sam line-up also includes Catpiss, Tyrants, Lamphead, Lost Plaza, Handsome Alice, Ryan Jack, Finnian Johnson, Charlii Ben, and G.A.G.
‘To Sam’s family including De, Cheyenne and Lachlan, my heart goes out to you all. Please stay strong for each other and know that you are not alone in this.’
Daniel shared the poster for the Newcastle Hotel gig. ‘To Sam, your legacy and your life will be celebrated and one day when the time comes we will meet wherever we go next and jam together,’ he wrote
He added a special message to Sam.
‘To Sam, your legacy and your life will be celebrated and one day when the time comes we will meet wherever we go next and jam together,’ he wrote.
‘You might have to remind me how to play some of the old Silverchair songs again,’ he finished, with a love heart.
Sam had just completed a Bachelor’s degree of Communication at the University of Newcastle and intended to join the airforce.
The festival organiser is Ben Hastings, who was Sam’s best friend from his school days at St Paul’s Catholic College at Booragul.
Sam’s mother De Murphy told The Newcastle Herald that she would be at the concert, along with daughter Cheyenne, 22.
‘I think it’s beautiful that Ben’s organised this, it really means a lot,’ De told the publication.
‘It’s a beautiful honour to him as he was obsessed with music.’
Daniel encouraged his fans to leave a loving message for Sam and his family
Other bands took the time to share a tribute to Sam, including friend Zane Flemming, who was previously in the band Mission: Banana, with Sam.
Zane told The Newcastle Herald that Sam inspired him with guitar and was supportive of his musical ambitions.
‘Sam definitely helped and inspired me with guitar because it’s not my first instrument,’ Zane said.
‘It was really cool to have him there to help me make the transition.’
Organiser Ben paid tribute to Sam saying he was the ‘funniest dude’ and his laughter was ‘contagious’ to others.
Pictured L-R: Ben Gillies, Daniel Johns and Chris Joannou of Silverchair in October, 2001