According to TMZ, the death of Metal Church singer Mike Howe has been ruled a suicide by hanging. He was 55. This contradicts the original report initially by TMZ. The news was broken by the band in a Facebook post, and Mike died at his home in Eureka, California today, July 26th, 2021. One of the best pure melodic singer ever in Heavy Metal, Howe originally hailed from Michigican singing for the band Breaking Point, Howe joined Metal Church for 1989’s Blessing In Disguise.We’ll continue to monitor this story. Continue reading
According to a report from TMZ, Classic Rock and Pop Composer and Producing legend Jim Steinman have died. He was 73. Jim had been transported to a Connecticut hospital for an undisclosed medical event and pronounced dead there. The cause of death is as of yet, unraveled. Steinman was world-0reknowned for his collaborations with Meat Loaf on his album Bat Out of Hell and its two chart-topping sequels. He also produced smash hit albums for Bonnie Tyler, Def Leppard, Billy Squire, Sisters of Mercy, Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Celine Dion, Cher, and many others. There was a recent campaign to have Jim and Meat Loaf inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame via Change.org. The music world is reacting on social media to this news and we’ll bring you more details as we learn them. We send our condolences out to Jim’s family, friends, and fans at this time.
According to TMZ, a rare guitar by Jimi Hendrix has been acquired by Kruse GWS Auctions for sale. Jimi’s early 1960s Japanese Sunburst electric guitar that’s expected to snag at least a cool $50,000, although it may fetch a much higher fee. Legend has it he used this guitar when he returned home from the U.S. Army in 1962 and moving to Clarksville, Tennessee. While he was there, Jimi played the Chitlin’ Circuit with some incredible talent — like The auction takes place on August 8. Other precious items at this auction will also feature Prince’s custom purple boots, Elvis Presley’s owned and worn Neo-style sunglasses, Tom Hanks “Cast Away” costumes, and Muhammad Ali’s custom white terrycloth “World Champion” robe!!!Continue reading
According to a published report by TMZ, Rock legend and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that they are not allowing him to return to the group after a temporary disability. Kramer says he suffered minor injuries in the spring of 2019 but was ready to return for the fall leg of the band’s Las Vegas residency shows. But instead of being welcomed back as expected, Kramer claims he was subjected to a brand new band policy he did not approve of, where he would have to audition to prove he was “able to play at an appropriate level” in order to regain his drummer role. According to Kramer, the band asked him to perform a series of solo rehearsals against a “click track” as his audition, after which they would listen to the recordings to decide whether he would be allowed to come back to the group. In the meantime, Kramer has covered the cost of a replacement drummer at a rate of $20,000 a week for performances and $10,000 a week for rehearsals.Continue reading
Normally we don’t do the rumor mill here at Ghost Cult HQ, as some of our brethren at other metal sites do. When it is a monumentally important artist, we listen to new information and try to be respectful. One story we have been tracking is the end of the Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth, which we broke the news last week of Roth saying definitively the band is done with him. In that same interview Roth gave, he alluded to health issues from Eddie Van Halen being the culprit and even said that Eddie needs to address the public. Now TMZ has reported that Eddie has had a relapse of his throat and tongue cancer that he has battled for the last 20 years. According to a published report, Eddie has been traveling to Germany for routine treatments. In a recent article, Eddie alluded to the fact that he believes he got his initial tongue cancer from holding metal guitar picks in his mouth during his solos like ‘Eruption’, and not from Smoking. One wide-spread report last winter had the band booking a summer tour of baseball stadiums with Foo Fighters, Metallica and others, but that it fell apart over the involvement of bringing founding VH bassist Michael Anthony back in on a part-time basis. We wish Eddie the best and we will keep following this news. Continue reading
Members of We Came As Romans have commented on the loss of their bandmate and friend, Kyle Pavone, who tragically passed away last week. According to TMZ, the 28-year-old frontman was transported to a Michigan hospital last Sunday (August 19) and pronounced dead six days later (Saturday, August 25). All of the members of WCAR took to social media to share their feelings about Kyle. Continue reading
Deven Davis, the wife of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and mother to two of his three children, has died. She was 39. No cause of death is known at this time. Devon and Jonathan had been to been together for over 20 years as a couple and were married in 2004. TMZ reported the new, which you can read at the link below. We send our condolences out to Jonathan, their children and Devon’s family at this time. Continue reading
Metallica has been celebrating the success of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct in several ways over the past few weeks. They’ve played a ton of intimate shows for fans across North America and Europe, but they’ve also found unique ways to have more fun while promoting the new record. Continue reading