Archive | In Memoriam
Like everyone else, we were shocked and surprised by the death of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker in an accident this past weekend. You’re probably wondering why we’re even mentioning the actor on a metal website, however. Stick with us. Walker and his ex-girlfriend, Rebecca McBrain, had a child, Meadow Rain Walker, in 1998. A Rebecca McBrain is also married to Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. In fact, her name was in the news earlier this year for trying to stab her husband.
Some media outlets put two and two together and assumed that the two Rebecca McBrains were the same, but according to reputable news source that we never heard of until today dailyentertainmentnews.com, Walker’s ex-girlfriend lives in Hawaii, after having lived in California. McBrain’s wife was reported as being from Whitman, WV. Also, being that Paul Walker was a superstar, if the mother of his child had been arrested for assault, TMZ would have written about it (I mean, they wrote about Hellyeah’s former bassist filing a restraining order). So while we can’t say this with 100% certainty, we’re pretty sure that the only connection between the two is their name and that each was involved in an unfortunate incident earlier this year. R.I.P. Paul Walker and up the irons.
Earlier today, rock legend Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71. One of the forefathers of rock and roll, his work in the Velvet Underground. and then as a solo artist, is deified by many. However, his last recorded work was 2011′s Lulu, a collaboration with Metallica. The double album was long, pretentious, and hated universally by critics, yet both Reed and Metallica stood by the concept album. And while there is certainly much more influential and listenable music by Reed, this isn’t the website to find that definitive list on. We thought it’d be fitting to post Lulu. Rest in piece, Lou.
Jan Kuehnemund, the guitarist of all-female hair metal band Vixen, died yesterday at the age of 51. She had been battling cancer. The band revealed their loss earlier today via Facebook:
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally.
The band formed in 1974 in St. Paul MN when Kuehnemund was still in high school. A version of the band reformed in Los Angeles in 1980, and their debut album was released in 1988. The songs “Edge of a Broken Heart” and “Cryin’” were hits for the band, who released a follow up album, Rev it Up, in 1990 before disbanding. The band reformed in 1997 and had been playing since then.
Last Saturday (5), North Carolina sludge band Sourvein played a sold-out set at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. Sadly, that turned out to be the last show for bassist Mike Boone, who died in his sleep at a friend’s house following the show. Details are scarce, but the band posted the following information on their Facebook page:
we sorry the rest of the shows have been canceled.we are sadden beyond words that after a very successful sold out show at st.vitus bar in brooklyn/ new york city our friend. brother and bassist mike boone passed away sunday mourning in his sleep at a friends house.a fund is being set up for his family and his daughter! we will have more details on that very soon.our hearts are heavy this very sad!the cape fear lost one of their best! much love boone
Boone also played in S.O.L., who also mourned him via their Facebook page. Boone left behind a daughter, and a fund has been set up to help out his family with funeral expenses and a trust fund for his daughter Michaela’s education. To donate to that, go here.
Jon Torres, former bassist for Heathen, has died, according to multiple sources. No official statements have been made regarding cause of death, but The Gauntlet says information is surfacing alleging he died Monday (2) of heart failure.
Torres left Heathen in 2011. No statement had been made by the band on his death prior to the posting of this article, but their official Facebook page shows Torres as the main cover photo. Holy Grail released a statement on their Facebook page stating “Our thoughts go out deeply to Jon Torres’ friends and family and to Heathen. Very devastating news to all who love metal.”
The Bay Area death metal band formed in 1984 and broke up in 1992 to return in 2001. Torres came on board in 2004 and recorded the The Evolution of Chaos album with the band. He’d also played in Laaz Rockit and Ulysses Siren.
Photo: Nathaniel Shannon
According to multiple reports, Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze died yesterday. While no official statement has been released by the band yet, musicians and friends of his are weighing in, with one friend saying that the cause of death was cancer. Having just wrapped up a month of European dates in support of their 25th anniversary, the band had been scheduled to play a handful of US dates, including the inaugural Housecore Horror and Film Festival in October. LaCaze, who was 42, leaves behind a wife and child.
Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe posted a picture with LaCaze and himself on his Instagram account, saying “Rest in peace, Joey Lacaze, drummer of Eyehategod, who died this afternoon down in Louisiana. Joey posted this picture (probably from ’94 or ’95) a few months ago- Eyehategod used to stay with me when they were in RVA- they were amazing to watch, & will always be one of my favorite bands of all time- we became friends & I would always throw it down for them when they came to stay. Joey is all the way to the left in the picture, next to Bower. He was a funny, funny, man & I’m so sorry he’s gone. I hope you are at peace, bro.”
Eyehategod got their start in 1988, releasing four albums, including the sludge metal classics Dopesick and Take as Needed for Pain. They were reportedly working on new music, and had released a new song several years ago. We’ll continue to being you updates on this sad story as news filters in.
Allen Lanier, former guitarist and keyboardist of Blue Öyster Cult, has passed away due to complications from C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Lanier, who was one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult, was 66 years old.
Blue Öyster Cult confirmed the news last night via Facebook, while frontman Eric Bloom had the following to add on his personal Facebook account:
“My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in a while. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now”
Lanier helped form Blue Öyster Cult in 1967 (under the name Soft White Underbelly before renaming in 1971). While he briefly left the group between 1985 to 1987, Lanier played in the band until retiring in 2006. He did, however, join Blue Öyster Cult onstage for their 40th anniversary concert in NYC back in November. Footage from the show, which would end up being Lanier’s last, can be seen below. Read more »
The drummer for Belgian metal outfit Channel Zero has passed away unexpectedly, according to a statement released by the band. Drummer Phil Baheux was 45.
While the cause of death is publicly unknown at this point, it was apparently very sudden. The band’s statement read:
“It is with great sadness that Channel Zero must announce the death of their brother and drummer Phil Baheux. The death of Phil Baheux (age 45) this morning is a terrible shock to the members of the Group and the crew. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family and the group.”
Channel Zero put out an album in 2011 on Roadrunner Records overseas (which was not released in the United States). The band, started in 1990, broke up in 2007 to reunite for performances and the record in 2010, according to Loudwire.
From August 8th until yesterday, the 14th annual Gathering of the Juggalos took place at Cave In Rock, IL. And while thousands of Insane Clown Posse fans attended the festival, one less came back. 24 year-old Cory Collins approached a fellow camper on Friday (9), saying that he wasn’t feeling well and asking if he could rest in his tent, which was central to the Festival. After granting Collins space in his tent, the camper returned to his tent several hours later, which had four other friends sleeping it it, to check on Collins and found his body cold. The Riverfront Times reports:
When the owner of the tent, who admitted that he had taken mescaline earlier in the day, returned around 2 p.m. to check on the man, he found that the body was cold. He explained that he went to lift the man’s arm up (which reportedly displayed track marks) to check his pulse, but when he did so “the guy’s whole body came up — rigor mortis had begun to set in — and blood came out of his mouth.”
Our source explains that the man then frantically began trying to wake his sleeping friends, telling them that there was a dead man in the tent with them. “These are four dudes that had been sleeping with a corpse.” His friends initially thought he was joking or playing a prank — this sort of twisted humor, centered on death, would not be out of place among juggalos.
Given that it was initially apparent that the 24 year-old died of a heroin overdose, the “drug bridge,” which he apparently came from, was closed, with private security blocking off the path with trucks. However, the Gathering continued on.
[photo via Nate "Igor" Smith by way of Gawker]
Teddy Days, who spent some time in metal band Hellion, passed away on July 10 at the age of 48. And while the cause of death was initially unclear, it’s been since mentioned that the cause of death was suicide. There were a handful of theories as to how or why this happened, as stated by singer Ann Boleyn, but a friend chimed in, shining additional light on what happened. This is from the band’s Facebook page:
Friends first learned of Teddy’s death yesterday after an obituary was posted in an on-line newspaper. The obituary stated that Teddy died on July 10, 2013, but no cause of death was listed. Nor was there any explanation for the delay in the reporting of Teddy’s death.
Late last night, someone posted that the cause of death was suicide and that he had been suffering from depression. Initially friends speculated that the timing of Teddy’s death, on July 10th, may have had to do RONNIE JAMES DIO’s birthday. Others speculated that, since Teddy had been monitoring postings on Facebook via a pseudonym Slade Sin, which was not recognized by most of his friends, that he may have been upset by some posts. None of those theories made any sense to me, and I removed them from my page and Hellion’s pages, especially if they blamed other musicians or incidents that happened in the 1980s and 1990s.
A few moments ago Teddy’s long-time friend, Pat “PK” Kelley posted new information:
“I am so sorry to have to tell you this – On Wednesday July 10th Teddy had a incident with the police. He had been in a serious car accident a few months before and had family problems. He became erratic and extremely depressed. He ended up in a 5 hour stand off with the police brandishing a shotgun. He laid down in his hearse and called it quits. It is unknown at this time if his passing was from the police or by his choice. Please contact any of his friends that you know – he destroyed his phone and I don’t really know his LA circle.”
I am a civil rights attorney and would like to find out the truth of what happened to Teddy Days. If anyone has any information, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Days had played in Hellion around in the early ’90s, with him appearing in several videos from their 1990 album The Black Book.