Shock and sadness is felt today in the music world of death metal originator and Necrophagia founder Frank “Killjoy” Pucci has died. He was 48. The announcement of his passing was made from the bands’ Facebook page. Killjoy founded Necrophagia in 1983, as one of the first true death metal bands, but also flirted with black metal and other subgenres. He also famously collaborated with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint), joining to reform Necrophagia in 1997 and then Killjoy himself joining two of Anselmo’s side projects, Viking Crown and Eibon. Other projects Killjoy participated in were Wurdulak, The Ravenous, and Cabal, and produced albums for other bands. Continue reading
Trans-Siberian Orchestra have confirmed that their leader, Paul O’Neill, has passed away at the age of 61. Continue reading
2017 is only a month old and we have lost another great one. Singer, songwriter, and bassist John Wetton, best known for his work with King Crimson and ASIA, has passed away after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67 years old. Continue reading
Sadness and shock passed throughout the music world again last night as the year of the reaper has claimed another talented soul in 2016. Songwriter, Author, Poet and unequivocal genius Leonard Cohen has passed away at age 82. A future public memorial is being planned for a future date. Continue reading
Sad news from camp of British technical metalcore band Architects, as guitarist Tom Searle lost his three-year battle with cancer. Tom’s twin brother and bandmate Dan posted to the bands’ Facebook page to announce the news:
“It is with unbelievable pain and sadness that I have to announce that at around twelve minutes past midnight on August 20th my amazing brother, Tom, passed away after over 3 years living with cancer.
He was an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.
Many of you will be aware that Tom has been absent from various shows over the past 15 months and I can now let you know that this was due to various surgeries that he had to have to treat the cancer. When we left for our European Festival tour on June 2nd Tom was very unwell. He had been advised to stay in hospital to receive care but ultimately there was nothing that they could do for him and he signed himself out of the ward two days before we departed for Germany. Some of you might view this as reckless but this is the way Tom wanted to do things throughout his last year because he never wanted the cancer to get in the way of what he loved. He got on stage and performed his last two shows at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, which took him an incredible amount of strength but those are two shows that we will never forget.
We had to cancel our European festival tour and US headline tour because on June 8th, in Luxembourg, Tom was extremely sick, we called an ambulance and he was taken into ICU. The following day he was placed into a medically induced coma and the doctors told us that it was unlikely that they’d ever be able to wake him. Five days later, against all the odds, he was awake again, and in a few short days following that, myself and Tom canceled the air ambulance that was due to take him home and we got the Eurostar train home. Classic Tom Searle.
He spent the last 2 months of his life fighting with everything he had to overcome the disease once and for all, and things appeared to be moving in the right direction, but in the last 2 weeks it suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us.
I don’t know what will become of Architects. Me and Tom started playing in a band together when we were 13 and, really, Architects is just an evolution of the band that we started all the way back then, over half my life ago. To pretend that Tom wasn’t at the heart of everything that the band created would be to show a complete lack of respect to the amazing talent that he was. The band will never be the same and there is simply no denying it.
We will 100% tour All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, there is no doubt about that. We will be going to Australia in a few weeks and we will be doing our UK and European headline tour in October and November. We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother. It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him, but its something that we must do.
We want to carry on, that is important to say, and we will strive to do so, but we will not release any music unless we truly believe that it is something that Tom would have been proud of. Whether or not we can achieve that is something that we will have to discover in time.
The Martlets Hospice in Hove took unbelievable care of Tom in his final days. We were constantly blown away by their compassion and hard work and we feel hugely indebted to them for ensuring that we were able to make some amazing memories with Tom before he passed away. If you feel as though you’d like to contribute a donation to the Hospice in Tom’s memory then please donate on the Just Giving page that we have set up below.
For now we need to begin to process what has happened. Myself, Sam, Ali and Adam will need time to fully come to terms with the loss of our brother and we hope that everyone out there will continue to respect our privacy during this terribly difficult time.
Architects released their recent album this spring, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, via Epitaph. Our sympathies go out to Tom’s family, friends, band, and fans.
Hundreds of mourners filled the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to celebrate the life and the memory of Lemmy. Motörhead manager Todd Singerman was the host with eulogies by many legendary musicians and celebrities such as drummer Mikkey Dee, Lemmy’s close friend Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Slash and Matt Sorum of Guns `N Roses fame, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Mike Inez of Alice In Chains, Slim Jim Phantom of Headcat and The Stray Cats, Scott Ian of Anthrax, members of Skew Siskin, Whitefield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe, Triple H from the WWE, and countless others. Lemmy’s son Paul Inder, his partner Sheryl and many family, friends, roadcrew and other friends also spoke. Others in attendance, but didn’t speak were Ozzy and Sharone Osborne and Gene Simmons of KISS.
Funeral services for Ian Frasier “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motörhead’s begin in about an hour with the memorial services from Los Angeles, California and webcasted globally. You can stream the services at this link or below at 2:30 PST.
Family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, Motörhead is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed webcast of the service. Also with the Los Angeles public memorial expected to be heavily attended, The Rainbow Bar And Grill have announced that the entire Sunset Strip will be used.
Fans are leaving constant comments of support and love for Lemmy on social media and at the Official Motorhead YouTube channel, the site of the stream. The following message greets fans:
We want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.
So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.
Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home.
Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.
NOTE: For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at
Flowers by Michael
If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
Details are now set for one of the most enduring personalities in music history. Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead’s family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood, commencing at 3 p.m. PST and ending at 4:30 p.m. With such limited space available on site, Motörhead is respectfully asking that fans don’t attend the service at the cemetery, but the band wants everyone to be a part of this, so they are setting up a live feed webcast of the service via Motörhead’s official YouTube channel. Also with the public memorial expected to be heavily attended, The Rainbow Bar And Grill have announced that the entire Sunset Strip will be used.
The band has released a statement:
“Wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch the service with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an Internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home. Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday, January 9 and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.”
For anyone wishing to send flowers, please contact Karen Brando at Flowers By Michael: (310) 276-1003.
Charitable donations under Lemmy’s name can be made to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
According to Motörhead‘s Manager Todd Singerman, Lemmy Kilmister’s funeral will be held on on January 9th at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles at 3 PM. In addition to the Public Memorial at The Rainbow Bar And Grill, a London memorial has been planned for the same day at The Wig and Gown, 99 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT. Doors are at 9 PM and the event will run until 1 AM local time and plans for a simulcast of the LA services. Other memorials are also being planned for the legendary rocker around the world.
The Facebook event for the London memorial can be found here
The Rainbow Bar And Grill in West Hollywood will be the scene of the public memorial honoring Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead on Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Lemmy would often hold court at the iconic bar, so it is fitting he will be remembered there. Lemmy passed away from an aggressive form of cancer on December 28th. He had just turned 70 years old on December 24th.
From The Rainbow Bar & Grill on Facebook:
Join us Saturday, January 9th as we say goodbye to a dear friend and loved one. We will open our doors at 2pm.