Good bye Sideshow, you’ll live forever here

If you are a player, authors for you are, more often than not, just a nickname or an avatar. Behind those however there are always people who have devoted a piece of their lives to create content not just for them but for a whole community. Far too often we only think about the people behind an avatar when something unexpected and sad happens…

Sadly, yesterday tragedy has struck a family and our community. Nick Hayworth, or as we know him here Sideshow, has passed. He was young, by all accounts a genuinely good man, a person who left a huge hole in the heart of his family and friends.

My interactions with him were always wonderful, he was humble, sincere and respectful of everyone he worked with. You have to understand something important about his work: without him, without his passion, The Beatles Discography project wouldn’t have happened. He assembled the content I started from and gave us all a chance to enjoy so much great content. People like him are why this community exists: overwhelming passion and respect for each other. Nick, we will miss you so much, put a good word for us wherever you are, I’m sure they’ll listen to a special human being like you.

Some members of your community wanted to spend a few words for you, Nick, here is how you touched their lives…

“You have been a part of the Rush project for years, helping us greatly with the completion of getting all of Rush’s work into Rock Band. You always were an excellent collaborator, never letting ego influence your work or how you collaborated with us. We offer our condolences to your friends and family and want to thank you for not only helping get more Rush into the game but for being just an overall stellar person we had the privilege of working with.”
The Rush Discography Project

“Like many others, I had the opportunity to collaborate with you on one of the earlier customs I worked on, Human League’s “(Keep Feeling) Fascination”. It was a pleasure to work with you and to be a part of the many, many things you have done for the Rock Band community. In our most recent conversation with the Rush Discography team you were showing off your new Roland ekit setup and it was quite something. You clearly had a very dedicated passion for drumming out many RB sessions with your group and put the same amount of dedication into all the work you did for the community. Your invaluable contributions to Rock Band and C3, both tangible and not, will continue to resound long into the future of rhythm gaming. Thank you for everything Sideshow, you are greatly missed.”

“It weighs heavy on my heart to lose you after showing promise and signs of health last year. You and I shared interest in a number of progressive rock and metal artists such that I can’t thank you enough for helping me get a good chunk of my projects across the finish line, especially in finishing Iron Maiden’s Somewhere in Time. I also am thankful in you working with Oscarj08 to bring a lot of my work to players, before moving over to the former C3 community and collaborating with you directly.”

Go play his songs, he will be with us for as long as we keep playing

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  1. Damn I’m impressed with this news, I remember him well from his avatar, I’ve already downloaded a lot of his customs, he made history here and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.

  2. This is such sad news. While I didn’t know Sideshow personally I was aware of the great customs that he contributed to the community. You will be sorely missed Sideshow.

  3. Life is already short enough for most, and always more tragic when shortened for others. Truly gutted by the news. I didn’t know him, nor did I need to, to understand the positive impact he had here. A testament to his presence. Rest in peace friend.

  4. These comments really warm my heart. Thank you everyone. I grew up with Nick, and we’ve always been the best of friends. (I even took that pic used in the article above.) And I can verify, he absolutely was all the wonderful things you’re saying he was.

    I wanted to share with you all that Nick’s family’s collecting letters to Nick, to be placed with him in his coffin as he’s laid to rest this Friday morning 3/19 in Montana. No pressure, but if you’d like to type a few words to Nick, feel free to email your letter to his brother Ron- yellowstonehayworth@gmail.com. Ron will discretely print, seal, and include them for the burial. Thank you all for your kind words and support.

  5. I somehow missed this last month, but am incredibly saddened by the news. What a tremendous loss for this community and Nick’s friends and family. Thanks to all who knew him personally for sharing more about who he was in life.

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