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Scott Putesky played a major role in the Florida goth rock scene since the early 90’s. However, most fans likely know him as Daisy Berkowitz, the original guitarist of Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids. And unfortunately, it appears that Putesky has been in the midst of battling stage-four colon cancer.
According to WLRN, Putesky discovered he had colon cancer back in August and was prescribed him six months of chemotherapy. A benefit show called Beat 4 Life to raise funds for the guitarist’s treatment is slated to take place this Saturday (November 16) at Churchill’s Pub, where he and Manson played their first show together. Putesky, though, will not be able to attend as he’ll still be receiving medical care in Philadelphia. Despite the turn of events, though, Putesky seemed in good spirits while talking to WLRN, letting his mustache grow as a symbol of hope. “It represents my personal crusade,” he told WLRN, two months into his six-month chemo treatment. “Cancer: Take my hair. Take my mustache. I challenge you. I still have my hair and mustache. So I’m winning.”
After meeting a young singer by the name Brian Warner (now known as Manson), Putesky helped launched Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids in 1990. Under the guise of Daisy Berkowitz, the guitarist appeared on Manson’s first two albums, 1993’s Portrait of an American Family and 95’s Smells Like Children. Putesky parted ways with the band midway through the making of Antichrist Superstar over creative differences. “Maybe if I really analyzed the people’s motivations, I could’ve sat down and rationally and diplomatically dealt with it,” Putesky reflected when speaking to the New Times Brodward Palm Beach about the album’s 15th anniversary. It’s not too likely. The figures responsible for the bullshit were doing coke and drinking booze all the time. You can’t be rational with people who are irrational for those reasons.”
More info on the Beat 4 Life cancer benefit can be found online. We’re hoping for the best for Putesky in his battle against colon cancer.
Lorne Black, seen left
Great White’s first bassist, Lorne Black, passed away Friday. The cause of death has yet to be announced. Members from the band paid tribute to him over the weekend, according to Classic Rock Magazine.
Former frontman Jack Russell, who is touring as Jack Russell’s Great White, and guitarist Mark Kendall who follows the original band name, both weighed in on their fallen friend.
“Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of Great White; may he rest in peace.,” Russell told the magazine.
“Lorne was a good dude – he had a great sense of humor and was a great bass player. He was a fan of bass players and he had a very musical style with his bass parts,” Kendall said.
Black performed on Great White’s 1983 debut EP, their self-titled 1984 album, Shot In The Dark and 1987′s Once Bitten. While the band was successful with their first two albums, it was their 1989 album, Twice Shy, that was their most successful album, going double platinum.
Three members of Sylosis were reportedly hospitalized following an RV accident last night. While details are still developing, the accident has supposedly lead to Sylosis dropping off of their tour with Trivium, DevilDriver and After The Burial.
Though an official statement from the Sylosis camp has yet to be issued, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara confirmed the unfortunate news himself with a series of tweets, including:
Again, there are many details still fuzzy, including who from the UK metal band was sent to the hospital and how serious their injuries are. Our thoughts are with Sylosis and we’re hoping for the best.
UPDATE: Sylosis has issued a short update via Facebook, saying “We are all alive and well! We will keep everyone updated as we go!” Still no word on which members were to the hospital or the current status of their participation on tour, but it’s still a relief to hear something.
It hasn’t been an easy tour for Jeff Loomis, and it just got worse. On April 22nd, as he and his band were set to take the stage in Corpus Christi TX, he found out his father had passed away. As a result, he’s taken some time off from the Soilwork tour, and will rejoin next Monday (29). Here’s his statement, via his web site:
On April 22nd in Corpus Christi, Texas, I got the very sad news of my father’s passing right before we were about to perform. I will be flying home to be with my family tonight and will rejoin the Soilwork tour in Richmond, VA on the 29th. Thank you all for your support and warm thoughts.
My dad meant the world to me and this is a very difficult time for both me and my family…
In addition to the 4/24 Houston show, he’ll also be missing the following shows:
4/26 St. Petersburg FL @ State Theater
4/27 Jacksonville FL @ Freebird Live
4/28 Charlotte NC @ The Casbah
It’s definitely unfortunate to hear about Loomis’ dad, and it’s tough to imagine something more awful happening to someone while they’re on tour. It makes getting robbed seem trivial by comparison. Our thoughts go out to Loomis. You can see the remaining tour dates that he’ll be playing after the jump. Read more »
Last Friday (19) was a sad day for everyone in the Crashdiet family. In Nottingham at club Rock City, the band’s manager, Michael Sunden, apparently tripped down some steps, hit his head on a brick wall, and died. Sunden was only 45. No foul play is suspected. “He is believed to have slipped and hit his head against a brick wall in the basement area,” a spokesperson for the Nottingham Police Department commented. “The medical staff performed CPR and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. We are not treating it as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.”
Crashdiet, who’s most recent album, The Savage Playground was released earlier this year, have continued their tour despite the sad loss of their manager. The band recently issued a statement via their Facebook page:
As some of you probably know by now, our manager Michael Sundén has tragically passed away. We are currently out on the road and are shocked and devastated about this horrible news!
Michael took this band to new heights that wouldn’t be possible without him. He will be missed!
Our hearts go out to his wife and kids.
LONDON, CRUZ, SWEET & YOUNG
[NME, via the Nottingham Post]
When it came out yesterday via TMZ that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were no longer living together, it was denied both by his publicist and their son Jack. And while Ozzy denied that they’re getting divorced, in a confessional Facebook post, he admitted that he’s been drinking and taking drugs in a very public way of making amends.
For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober. Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person.I would like to apologize to Sharon, my family, my friends and my band mates for my insane behavior during this period………and my fans.God Bless,
Ozzy and Sharon have had their fair share of disagreements over the years. In fact, Sharon has spoke about the time that Ozzy tried to kill her
. I’d think that maybe Sharon might have had a flashback to that drug and alcohol-addled evening when she decided to move out. If Ozzy is sincerely trying to remain sober, it’s obviously best for not only his marriage, but also for Black Sabbath, who are set to release their new album, 13
, on June 11. With the band ready to tour behind the album, Ozzy should be in the best health possible, both physically and mentally. Although this public admittance may be a desperate attempt to apologize to his wife, it’s also a bold statement to publicly make, and it goes without saying that we hope he stays sober.
A fan reportedly died after attempting to attend Volbeat’s show in Lubbock, Texas last Monday night (March 11). According to KCBD, At the show, 39 year old Jubal Colvin was denied entry to the show (held at the Lonestar Event Center) because he had appeared intoxicated. Eyewitnesses reports claim that he also had tried to sneak a knife into the show (thought that hasn’t been confirmed). Colvin then climbed over a fence and into the venue where security personnel gave chase after spotting him. The chase eventually lead to rooftops, with Colvin apparently tryinh to jump from one roof to the next. However, he missed one jump and fell 20 feet, hitting his head on concrete in the process. Colvin was given CPR and then taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It’s always unfortunate when something like this happens. Metal shows get enough of a bad rap as it is and the last thing they need is this. Obviously, Colvin’s death was accidental and not directly caused by him being at the show, but that won’t stop some people from trying to point out the dangers of metal shows anyway.
[picture via KCBD]
Egan, right, and Shadows Fall’s Brian Fair
The New York area has lost a pillar of its metal community, as Relapse Records director of retail sales and marketing Pat Egan has passed away. Egan had been in a hospital for the last several months after suffering complications from pneumonia. He’d been showing signs of improvement as recently as last week, and had been texting friends and sending updates about his condition via social media.
A familiar presence at New York and Long Island metal shows, Egan had been at Relapse for the past decade, helping champion bands including Mastodon, High on Fire, Baroness and Red Fang. Before that, he’d worked at KOCH Records, Energy Records and Pavement Records, among others. His entry into the industry was at Long Island independent record store Looney Tunes, where he rose up the ranks from clerk to metal buyer to store manager before entering the record business. A true metalhead, Egan’s passion for metal was apparent to all he came into contact with. He was also a dedicated father and husband. As the many people he’s mentored, laughed with, and rocked out to will be able to attest, it will be hard to imagine life without him.
Randy Gane, keyboardist of Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche, reportedly suffered a heart attack this past Wednesday (December 26). At the moment, the keyboardist’s condition is unknown. Gane is 53 years old.
Tate confirmed the unfortunate news via the following Facebook post made late last night:
“Please send your prayers and positive thoughts to my good friend and keyboard player; Randy Gane who is currently recovering from suffering a heart attack last night”
We all know what lead to there being two versions of Queensryche. However, before all the drama took place, Gane had already been touring and recording with Queensryche (having appeared on 2009’s American Soldier and 2011 Dedicated To Chaos) as well as well with Tate’s solo project. Gane also co-founded prog metal band Myth in the 80′s with Tate and current Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray.
Tate’s version of Queensryche is planning to perform Operation: Mindcrime in its entirety on the road this coming April. However, it is unclear whether Gane will be able to tour in light of his recent health scare (as well as who will replace guitarist Glen Drover).
Music isn’t the only medium that’s been affected by the internet (for better or worse). With it becoming easier to consume news and editorial content on the web, more and more magazines are starting to limit or completely shut down their print publications. Now Spin Magazine has become the latest magazine to pull the plug on the print production.
After 27 years, Spin officially announced that Buzzmedia (who purchased the publication back in July) would stop printing the magazine. Spin issued the following statement on the matter:
“Following the September/October issue, SPIN has halted publication of our print edition to invest more deeply in our digital properties, including SPIN.com, SPIN Play for iPad, and SPIN mobile. SPIN has been a pioneer in music journalism since 1985 and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy our leading editorial, photographic, and multi-media content online. Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your SPIN print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund. We appreciate your patience during the transition of your subscription.”
Shortly after purchasing the publication, Buzzmedia dropped plans to release issues of Spin in October and December and announced plans to shift the magazine to bimonthly. Now, though, Spin will only live on digitally.
Granted, Spin has mostly catered towards alternative and indie music, although their “top 20 metal albums of 2012” list was pretty good. However, Spin’s move towards digital-only further highlights the threat print publications currently face (and not just music journalism either).