Legendary Rock singer Meat Loaf has died. He was 74. No cause of death has yet been revealed. The news of his passing was confirmed on the musician’s Facebook page by his family. Meat Loaf catapulted to fame on the strength of his songwriting partnership withJim Steinman, who passed away in 2020, and the two of them collaborated on Bat Out of Hell and several sequel albums that saw him sell over 100 million albums with many chart topping hits. Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday also was a great character actor in memorable films such Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny, and Wayne’s World. We send our condolences to his friends, family, and fans tonight. RIP.Continue reading →
Mike Nesmith, who rose to fame as a member of the international chart-topping rock band The Monkees has died. He was 78. In a published report by Rolling Stone who broke the news in a statement from his family, Nesmith passed away of heart failure at his home in Carmel Valley, California surrounded by his family, according to his manager.His death was confirmed by his family, which issued the following statement: “With Infinite Love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time and we thank you for the love and light that all of you have shown him and us.”
Hard to believe it, but today marks the 17th anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. That venue has now been demolished. We prefer to honor how he lived more than how he perished, but most of all, we can’t overlook his impact as a player, songwriter, and major personality in metal. Jam out to some classic Dimebag and Pantera tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull! Continue reading →
As first reported by Piercing Metal and shared by his friend and bandmate for 50 years, Carmine Appice, rock legend Tim Bogert has died. Tim was 76 years old but had been battling cancer in the last few years. Getting his start in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, Bogert pioneered classic rock bass guitar with virtuoso playing in bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and the power trio Beck, Bogart and Appice with Rock And Roll Hall of Famer, Jeff Beck. In addition to his playing, he was one of the signature players of the original Fender Precision “P-bass” and made great use of distortion, which would later influence Geezer Butler, Lemmy, Cliff Burton, and others. Tim formerly retired from touring the last ten years of his life but continued to form bands and record albums, notably blues projects. Vanilla Fudge helped innovate a psychedelic sound and proto-heavy metal that has been imitated and copied endlessly. Rest in power, Tim Continue reading →
Today marks the sixteenth anniversary of the murder of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan while on stage at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. Although we are sad at the occasion and we prefer to honor how he lived most of all, we can’t overlook the significance of the loss to the world of metal. Somewhere in the world right now, someone is strapping on a guitar and learning to play those songs, licks, and solos, which is at the very least, a comfort to know. As we do every year, we pay tribute to this fallen hero. Jam out to some classic Dimebag and Pantera tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull! Continue reading →
Aaron Meltzer, the one-time frontman, and vocalist of San Diego post-Hardcore band Secrets has died. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was broken on Secrets Facebook page via a post. While Aaron had been out of the band several years, he was on their most successful releases on Rise Records, including 2013’s Fragile Figures. On the strength of that album, the band toured the US with major bands, including Warped Tour 2014. We will keep track of this story as it develops. Rest in Power, Aaron.
Sad news to report as Ken Hensley, who spent 50 years in Rock and Heavy Metal as keyboardist, guitarist, singer, and composer with bands like Uriah Heap has died. He was 75 years old. No cause of death was reported as yet. The news was shared on social media, by his brother Trevor in a Facebook post. In addition to being an integral part of Uriah Heap in the 1970s, he also worked with Blackfoot, W.A.S.P., and Cinderella, as well as a solo career. As a writer, he created classics as “Lady In Black”, “Easy Livin'”, “July Morning” and “Look At Yourself’ and wrote books about music and his career, including “My Book Of Answers”, which is due for release at the end of February 2021. Mick Box of Uriah Heap commented:
As we reported earlier, the music world is reeling from the loss of Eddie Van Halen, who died today, October 6th, 2020, at age 65 after a long bout with cancer. The outpouring of love and support has been immense since the news hit social media. You can read posts from his son Wolfie, former singer Slash, Sammy Hagar, Gene Simmons, Flea, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and countless others who sent their love and tributes out to Eddie.
In sudden and sad news, Jay White, bassist of Tulsa, Oklahoma metallers The Agony Scene, has died. No cause of death has been revealed at this time. Jay had been receiving dialysis for an undisclosed condition and there was a gofundme set up to help with medical costs. The band shared their news in a loving message to Facebook. We send our sympathies to Jay’s family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading →
Sad news to report as Fountains of Wayne songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Schlesinger, who had been hospitalized while dealing with coronavirus, has died. He was just 52. According to Rolling Stone, Schlesinger’s lawyer, Josh Grier, confirmed the news of his passing. Earlier in the week, Grier had reported that Schlesinger was sick and heavily sedated while also using a ventilator. As a member of Fountains of Wayne, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the song ‘Stacy’s Mom.’ Fountains of Wayne recorded five albums, with the tracks ‘Stacy’s Mom’ and ‘Radiation Vibe’ being their biggest hits. Wayne was also a member of the bands Ivy and Tinted Windows. We send our condolences to Wayne’s family, friends and many fans at this time. Continue reading →