Tears for our fallen brethren –
April 5, 2020 – Jacob Fain, senior VP of A&R artist development at Sony/ATV, paid tribute to Lasher on social media. “I had the pleasure of working with Neil for over a decade and our work together on MusiCares was some of my most memorable together,” wrote Fain on Instagram. “A true music man from every fiber, Neil lived and breathed a passion for our business that few have and his respect for songwriters and artists ran deep. He was a loving partner and a friend to all he met. Those who had the pleasure of knowing him were all the better for it. Our world will be forever changed by this virus, but we will return to normal soon enough. However, as we do, there will be one thing missing. Uncle Neil won’t be here.”
In 2012, Lasher was one of the honorees at the eighth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert (receiving a tribute alongside Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell) after he had become a certified alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. Sober for a quarter-century at that point, he was active in creating alcohol and substance abuse programs for those in the music industry, and served as a consultant for MusiCares and its Safe Harbor Room program.