R.I.P

Fri
09
Feb

R.I.P. Mr. Big's PAT TORPEY; We Salute You

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PAT TORPEY, FOUNDING MEMBER OF MR.BIG, DIES AT 64
 
Drummer and founding member of MR. BIG, Pat Torpey, passed away Wednesday, February 7 at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.
 
MR. BIG (Torpey, Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, and Paul Gilbert) released their ninth original studio album, DEFYING GRAVITY, July 21.
 
MR. BIG, formed in 1988, produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock. Their hits included “Alive and Kicking,” "Just Take My Heart" and the chart-topping ballad, "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries for weeks in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and multi-Platinum record sales).
 
Billy Sheehan:
 
My dear friends, I'm sorry to be the bearer of such sad news. Pat Torpey has been my closest friend in music for over thirty years. He passed away yesterday from complications as a result of Parkinson's disease. Pat was one of the finest human beings I've ever had the privilege of knowing, and the honor of working with. 

All of us in Mr Big had nothing but the highest respect and admiration for him. He is loved by anyone and everyone who ever met him. And surely one of the finest rock drummers the world has ever known. 
Please keep his sweet wife and wonderful son in your prayers. 
I Love You, Pat. You made the world a better place. We will miss you. We will never forget you. Rest In Peace, my brother. 
Billy

 
 
 

 
What can one say about the great Pat Torpey? One of the great drummers in rock, he was also one of the nicest guiys in the business and I'm personally grateful for the privilage of knowing him.
 
His contributions to rock music cannot be overstated. Mr. Big have a 25 year legacy, to which his drumming style made ever so better. He was the heart of the band and I know the guys were hit hard by his initial diagnosis of Parkinson's. But take a look at any of his live performances - he's always smiling. 
 
I will remain an eternal fan of Pat's spirit and his work with Mr. Big, Impellitteri, Jeff Paris, Velocity, Richie Kotzen and many others...
 
In his honor, I'm watching this yet again...
 

 
 
Wed
07
Feb

R.I.P ZENO ROTH

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From the Facebook page of Uli Jon Roth; ZENO ROTH has passed away.
 
Dear Friends, Dear Fans of Zeno!
 
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I must inform you that my dear brother Zeno Roth passed away yesterday, on Feb 5, 2018. He died in his sleep after years of illness and finally moved on to a much better place.
 
Speaking on behalf of all his family and friends, this is a tremendous loss, both on a human level, but also because Zeno was a true and incredibly gifted artist. We will always remember his songs, poetry and beautiful guitar playing. As a brother, I remember him as a gentle caring soul with the deepest feelings, but also as a person of great humour and wit. His song-writing abilities were of the first order. He was a truly outstanding guitar player and his talent for poetry was simply incredible and on the highest level imaginable, which was particularly evident in those poems which he had written in his mother tongue of German. Fortunately for us, he left us many of these precious gem stones and we shall publish a collection of his poems posthumously in due course.
 
Just before he died, Zeno was working on three brand new songs which he played to me in a demo version before Christmas and I was amazed at what I heard, because he had reached a new plateau and his playing was better than ever, miraculously, despite his debilitating illness. We will try to finish these songs and release them because they are worth hearing and contain a lot of magic and beauty.
 
To all the fans of Zeno worldwide, I want to say thank you on his behalf, I want to say thank you on his behalf, his son Shion, Naoko, his girlfriend Indu and his family, and that of his closest friend and band member, Ule W. Ritgen for all your support and loyalty. God bless Zeno’s soul!
 
R.I.P Zeno. In his memory, my favourite ZENO song.
 
 
 
 
Wed
22
Nov

R.I.P DAVID CASSIDY

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DAVID CASSIDY has died after life support was withdrawn by family today. Most acclaimed for his 70s iconic following and pop star following, it was his unappreciated 80s career in melodic rock that impressed me the most and made me a dedicated fan.
 
RIP David.
 

 
Fri
19
May

R.I.P Soundgarden Frontman CHRIS CORNELL

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The rock world continues to mourn the “sudden and unexpected” death of Soundgarden frontman CHRIS CORNELL earlier today. His death is now being investigated as a suicide.
 
Statements from ANN and NANCY WILSON of HEART on the loss of Chris Cornell:
 
ANN WILSON:  "It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul."
 
NANCY WILSON:  "No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family.  And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music.  Devastating."
 
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Wed
01
Feb

JOHN WETTON Loses Battle With Cancer

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Official Press Release / Rock music legend John Wetton sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 31st January 2017, after a long and courageous battle against colon cancer.
 
John rose to fame with King Crimson in the early 70s during the iconic Red era and later formed the band UK. In the early 1980s he was a founder member of supergroup ASIA which was his biggest commercial success. The band's 1982 self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world that year and gave fans and mainstream radio the mega-hit Heat of the Moment.
 
John also enjoyed a successful solo career, including the seminal album Battle Lines, and formed iCon with ASIA bandmate Geoff Downes. In 2006 the original line-up of ASIA reformed and toured the world several times to promote four new studio albums.
 
John had been planning to tour with ASIA for the band's forthcoming US arena tour with Journey and following the success of his solo Studio Recordings Anthology, to continue working on the ongoing re-issue programme of his solo albums, via his own Primary Purpose label.
 
John valued his over 11 years of sobriety and volunteered time in fellowship with other alcoholics to share his experience, strength and hope with them. John is survived by his recently wed wife Lisa and 18 year old son Dylan, brother Robert and mother Peggy.
 
The very last studio song of John Wetton's career was the closing track on the most recent and indeed final ASIA album 'Gravitas' and included the profound lyrics 'Think the best of me, till we meet again.'
 
A statement by Geoff Downes:
 
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, that I have to report we have lost my dearest friend, brother, bandmate and long term musical collaborator, John Wetton, who has passed away after a long and tenacious battle with cancer. He will be remembered as one of the world's finest musical talents, and I for one of many was wholly blessed by his influence. It was a massive privilege for me to have worked with this genius so closely on our numerous projects together over the years. His bass playing was revolutionary. His voice was from the gods. His compositions - out of this world. His sense of melody and harmony - unreal. He was literally a 'special one'.
 
But John was much more than a gigantic and unique musical talent. He was a supremely intelligent man, marked with his great observations and wisdom about life; all couched within his wicked sense of humour. The wit was dark and deep, only fully perceptible to those on his same wavelength. I was fortunate enough to be able to be on that wavelength, and discover that we had much in common. Many of his personal life experiences were reflected in his lyrical contributions to the songs. His heart was always in the music. That was John, through and through. It was always about - the music.
 
As a person, he was fiercely loyal, loving and generous, particularly to those he cared about. But he could be as stubborn as a mule or as gracious as a nobleman, depending on the mood that grabbed him on any particular day. There were some who couldn't read his brilliant mind and complex personality. Some found him charming, others infuriating. But however you found John, there was no denying his rare talent as a musician and songwriter was second to none.
 
Both of us having been brought up with similar backgrounds in provincial England, we shared a love of many things - sport, and in particular - football, English church music, current affairs, comedy, literature, you name it....pretty much everything that 2 kids from the sticks were exposed to in our youth.
 
Our planets seemed to be immediately in alignment when we first met in early 1981. There was a laddish camaraderie that grew between us as we became as close as two non-related brothers could be. He was an avid reader and film enthusiast, something he pursued with great interest. This helped inspire him to some wonderful lyrics to the literally hundreds of songs we composed together. Back then, we immediately hit the ground running as we composed much of the debut ASIA album together and forged a formidable partnership which lasted right up until now. It was a wholly natural process for us, whereby we could knock out 2 or 3 songs in an afternoon. They were always greeted with our gentlemanly handshake and smiles once we had wrapped up another one in the bag.
 
Above all else though, his passion for life was to the fore. The battles he endured throughout were immense and well documented. Firstly with alcohol, which he so resolutely overcame, then open heart surgery and finally cancer, which sadly was to take his life in the end. He once observed to me that this disease is a "merciless assassin". Just another example of his perception and the descriptive language that he was so richly blessed with. He took all of these battles on board with great bravery and almost a 'laissez-faire' attitude, tinged with his inimitable wry wit.
 
To say I will miss my him greatly is beyond understatement. He was such an inspiration to me. We were planning another album, but sadly he was not well enough to complete it. I feel heartbroken about this, as I knew John thought it was to be one of our finest albums to date. I remain as proud as ever of our Wetton/Downes writing partnership. I am hoping one day that I will be able to finish it, and that it will be appreciated by all those who loved his and our music, and most importantly, a legacy he would have been proud of.
 
Life will not be the same without him. And words are not really enough to describe the loss I feel right now, and the many friends and fans all over the World will also be feeling. It is the end of an era for all of us. But we will soldier on - the music of John Wetton needs to be heard loud and clear from the rooftops.
 
Dearest John, may you rest in peace brother.
X
Geoffrey
Please join me in sending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to Lisa, Dylan and the entire Wetton family at this difficult time.
 
A statement by Carl Palmer:
 
With the passing of my good friend and musical collaborator, John Wetton, the world loses yet another musical giant. John was a gentle person who created some of the most lasting melodies and lyrics in modern popular music. As a musician, he was both brave and innovative, with a voice that took the music of ASIA to the top of the charts around the world. His ability to triumph over alcohol abuse made him an inspiration to many who have also fought that battle. For those of us who knew him and worked with him, his valiant struggle against cancer was a further inspiration. I will miss his talent, his sense of humor and his infectious smile. May you ride easy, my old friend.
 
 
Tue
20
Dec

Bob Coburn, Host of L.A. Radio Program 'Rockline,' Dies at 68

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Bob Coburn, Los Angeles radio personality and host of the nationally syndicated show Rockline, has died. He was 68.
His radio home since 1980, Los Angeles station KLOS 95.5, announced Coburn's death on its website. The station said he died Saturday of lung cancer after being diagnosed earlier this year.
Coburn was well known to rock stars and music fans as host of the weekly Rockline show, which ran from 1981 to 2014. He interviewed such superstars as Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Paul McCartney on the program, where listeners could call in with questions.
 
 
Fri
09
Dec

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Legend GREG LAKE - RIP - December 7, 2016

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London, UK - Legendary Greg Lake sadly passed away on Wed. Dec. 7th. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as 'The Voice'.
 
Greg was just finishing his autobiography titled 'Lucky Man', which is  scheduled for release in 2017.
 
Says his long time manger and friend Stewart Young, 'Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. Despite his illness which he knew to be terminal he always took the view about his life, career and family that he was indeed a lucky man... His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks.'
 
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Mon
12
Sep

Original Y&T Drummer LEONARD HAZE Passes Away At 61

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September 12, 2016 - Hayward, California: Leonard Haze, original drummer for legendarry Bay Area rock band Y&T, passed away Sunday evening, September 11, 2016, at his home in Hayward. He was 61 years old.

Haze had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years, making breathing difficult. Even so, he had fought to keep playing drums, performing regularly with his band, HazeXperience, and joining Y&T on-stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco in both 2015 and 2016. HazeXperience was scheduled to open for Y&T at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma November 18 and 19, and had been in the midst of recording an EP of new material.

"Leonard was not only a bandmate but a close friend, sharing not just a passion for music but also our appreciation for fast cars and cool RC planes," said HazeXperience guitarist Jim Bradley. "Leonard was taken from us way too soon."

"Leonard was a good friend, a great drummer, and a true ambassador for the world of rock 'n' roll," said Jeffrey Winslow, lead singer for HazeXperience. "I'm shocked that he's gone, but thankful I got to know him while he was here."

Haze was a founding member and one of the principal songwriters for the Bay Area hard rock band Yesterday & Today, later known as Y&T. He co-wrote some of their biggest hits, including "Hurricane," "Black Tiger," "Mean Streak," "Rescue Me," "Dirty Girl," "Forever," and MTV staple "Summertime Girls."

It was Haze's bass drum prowess that made his powerful drumming style legendary and, thanks to it, Y&T quickly developed the reputation as a must-see live band and musical powerhouse, headlining shows with opening acts such as Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. Y&T's hard-driving style helped them land worldwide tours alongside such acts as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rush, which resulted in the development of a strong following throughout Europe.

In the early Nineties, Haze played drums on Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's solo album, Toolbox. Gillan subsequently asked him to join the band, and Haze was part of one of the first rock bands ever to not only perform, but tour, behind the "Iron Curtain," traversing the Soviet Union during the cold war. After that tour, Haze became a permanent member of the Ian Gillan Band, continuing with a two-year world tour and performing in 71 countries.

In 2002, Haze reunited with Y&T and went back on tour with them throughout the United States until they parted ways in 2006.

Haze's final performance took place August 20 with HazeXperience at the Quarter Note in Sunnyvale.

 
 
Thu
08
Sep

R.I.P TKO's Michael Alexisch

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Sad news once again - delivered by TKO's Brad Sinsel:
 
"Just got sum news that comes as a bit of a shock. My lifelong friend & frequent band mate Michael Alexisch (later changed to Alex) has passed.He always had the best jokes, even when the going got rough. He's the tall one in this photo blk hair behind me... He leaves this world a lesser place..."
 
R.I.P Michael
 
Wed
15
Jun

TRENT GARDNER R.I.P.

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TRENT GARDNER (Magellan) has sadly passed away. This from his son, just posted:
 
"My name is Trent Gardner II and my father and Magellan founder Trent Gardner passed away suddenly June 11, 2016 in Vacaville, CA. Due to his sudden passing we need immediate financial assistance to ensure a proper, dignified burial for my father. My father affected people all over the world with his music and my family and I are grateful and humbled by any size donation that you are able to give.
 
 
I have had the privilege to have a front row seat to his musical genius my entire life and I have many memories that I will hold onto for the rest. His studio shared a wall with my bedroom and late at night when he used headphones, I always knew when he was working by the vibrations of his leg bouncing on the floor keeping time. Or like when he would mull over lyrics or a musical idea early in the morning as we watched the original series of Star Trek and would then immediately run upstairs to get it recorded before he lost it.
 
He also taught me how to be a committed father and husband and I am so blessed that I had him as my father and bear his same name. His tenacity in and outside the studio is known to all those who were around him and that music and being a creator was his sole driving purpose in this world.
 
As Magellan was his legacy I will continue to maintain this website and catalog and I hope that he, like his music, is now able to transcend all things temporal and that he is now able to make the music he always wanted.
 
Goodnight dad, I love you."
 
-Trent II
 
 
Mon
14
Mar

R.I.P KEITH EMERSON

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Some of the many KEITH EMERSON stories and tributes below. Personally, I'm running out of words to come up with for each time we have to morn the passing of another legend. R.I.P Keith.
 
"We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died during the night of 10th/11th March 2016 at his home in Santa Monica, California, aged 71.
Greg Lake and Carl Palmer have made personal statements (see www.keithemerson.com). These statements can also be read on the ELP Facebook page where messages of condolences can be left: Facebook.com/EmersonLakePalmer
 

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/keith-emerson-emerson-lake-and-pa...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12192653/Keit...

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/13/keith-emerson-obituary


To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

As sad and tragic as Keith’s death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

My deepest condolences go to Keith’s family.

May he now be at peace.

Greg Lake
London - March 12, 2016

 
Thu
19
Nov

R.I.P Guitarist IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY

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Tragic news yet again, RIP Iain Ashley Hersey who lost a recent short battle with ill health yesterday. 

A talented guitarist and songwriter. 

RIP old mate.
 

 

 
Fri
13
Nov

R.I.P Drummer PHIL TAYLOR (Motorhead, Overkill)

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From Motorhead's Official Facebook page: "Lil' Philthy...he who once shouted 'stop wincing about' on an album...he who fueled many a young boy's punk/metal hairstyles...he who played the drums with fury and intent...he who liked to call people 'wazzocks' once in a while...friend, Roman, Derbyshireman...rest in peace...with much love..."
 
From: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34803204
 
Former Motorhead drummer "Philthy Animal" Phil Taylor has died aged 61, his bandmate and friend has said.
Guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke wrote on Facebook: "My dear friend and brother passed away last night... He was one hell of a character."
 
Taylor, from Chesterfield, played in the British heavy metal band for 14 years with Clarke and frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister.
He features on all the band's hits, including Ace of Spades and Overkill.
 
"Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many, many fond memories of our time together," Clarke said.
He said Taylor had been ill for some time "but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes". 
 
R.I.P Phil.
 
Mon
29
Jun

R.I.P Prog Legend CHRIS SQUIRE (Yes)

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RIP Chris Squire... The progressive rock giant and founding member of YES. An innovator and a inspiration to many.
 
This from EW.com:
 
Chris Squire, bassist and founding member of Yes, has died, a month after revealing he had been diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67.
 
The band confirmed the news Sunday on its official Facebook page, writing: “For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years. Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water.”
 
Squire and singer Jon Anderson co-founded Yes in London in 1968, and although the band’s lineup shifted over the years, Squire was the one constant member, playing bass on all of Yes’ albums and performing with the band for almost 50 years.
In May, Squire announced that he had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia and would consequently miss the band’s upcoming summer tour, marking the first time ever Yes would play a show without him. Billy Sherwood was to step in as bassist.
 
 “This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” Squire said in a statement at the time. “But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”
 
Squire’s bandmate Geoffrey Downes first announced Squire’s death on Twitter.
 
 
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