Watch Phil Anselmo and The Illegals Pay Tribute To Bruce Corbitt with En Minor Song

As we reported yesterday, the world lost thrash metal legend and an all-around great person, Bruce Corbitt, when he died as a result of his battle with esophageal cancer at the young age of 56. After posting several tributes to Bruce during the day, Phil Anselmo, who was the best man as Corbitt’s wedding, opened the Phil Anselmo and The Illegals show last night in Santiago Chile with the song ‘Better Place’ from his new post-punk/goth project En Minor. In possibly one of the first performances of the track or any En Minor music live that we know of, the band played the beautiful song for the lost friend. Anselmo and bandmate Blue Gonzalez, formerly of Corbitt’s Warbeast band, also shared a short video tribute to Bruce, stating “I have so much I can possibly say about Bruce, and I will eventually. But for right now, all I can say is I send my love to his wife, his daughter, his mother and everybody that was close to him. The guys in WARBEAST, the guys in RIGOR MORTIS, all the DFW [Dallas-Fort Worth] fans, I love you so much, and I know Bruce loved you so much. I wouldn’t even know Blue if it weren’t for Bruce. And there’s a lot to sort through and a lot to deal with. Over the next few days, just find it in your heart to think about Bruce and his family and his music and his impact on heavy metal and music in general. And that’s really all I can say right now. We love you.”Continue reading

Bruce Corbitt, Thrash Metal Vocal Legend of Rigor Mortis and Warbeast, Dead At Age 56

Sad news has come down at this hour as metal legend Bruce Corbitt has passed away. He was just 56 years old. He had been in hospice care of late, following his battle with esophageal cancer. He was 56 years old. Bruce was one of the best, most distinctive metal singers, lyricists, and frontmen ever, with both Rigor Mortis and later with Warbeast. Corbitt was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in May 2017. He went through extreme radiation and chemotherapy treatment before they could attempt surgery. Just when everyone thought Bruce would surely be out of the woods, his first doctor’s visit in 2018 brought him the horrible news that the cancer was still there and that it was at Stage 4. He was given two months to two years to live. Due to issues with insurance companies, Bruce was unable to get permission for a second opinion at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, the leading cancer treatment and research hospital in America. Bruce was forced to use a second opinion in Dallas. Alternative therapies and treatments were considered, but unfortunately unavailable to treat him in time. Bruce, who previously survived a stabbing and a heart attack, told Billboard last August that he had “a 2.8 percent chance of living five years. So what am I going to do, sit around and cry about it or be that 2.8 percent?” His medical bills from 2017 alone totaled over $1 million in charges. We send our condolences to Bruce’s wife Jeanna, his family, friends, and fans, at this time. Continue reading