R.I.P. — Jon Lord (1941-2012)

R.I.P. — John Lord (June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012)

From Jon Lord.org:

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Jon Lord  (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012)

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Another sad day for the world of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, and the Music world in general, because Jon Lord passed away today at age 71. Aside from helping found the mighty Deep Purple, Jon has been world-reknowned in his solo work including various concertos and orchestrations. Jon will always be remembered as the man behind the Hammond organ in Deep Purple and as a tremendous player and writer. Jon influenced thousands of keyboard players and pianists the world over and helped create some of the timeless Rock songs ever. Unfortunately, I never got to see Jon play live because I saw Deep Purple in concert twice after he retired in 2002. I was hoping his involvement in the Who Cares project with Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) would re-ignite some Rock fires he may have had burning but that is not to be. Jon leaves us a rich legacy of music and many memories…..listen to the keyboard solo on ‘Burn’ and tell me he’s not the best Rock keyboard/organ player of all time! Looking at my collection, I own most of the Deep Purple catalog and I will be playing more than a few songs from various lineups of the band later tonight. Another hero gone too soon.

Sincere condolences go out to Jon’s family, friends, bandmates and fans…..rest in peace.

– Steve

R.I.P. — Mark Reale (1955-2012)

R.I.P. – Mark Reale (June 7, 1955 – January 25, 2012)

From Bravewords.com:

Yesterday (Wednesday, January 25th), RIOT guitarist and founder Mark Reale passed away due to complications stemming from Crohn’s disease in a San Antonio hospital. He was 56 year old. Reale had been in a coma since January 11th due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had battled Crohn’s for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the band’s scheduled shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn’s symptoms, which eventually put him in the Intensive Care Unit.

A statement at his official website reads as follows:

“Our brother Mark Reale went home to be with our Lord this day January 25th, 2012 after a long battle and complications from Crohns disease. He is survived by his father Anthony Reale and was precede in death by his mother Frances Reale. Mark was born June 7th, 1955 in Brooklyn New York at a time when rock and roll was flourishing with many new sounds. Early in his life, his first interest had been the movies. ever so curiously, he had shown an interest in films. But then, songs he heard on the radio began to change that. He quickly began to love music from THE BEATLES and CREAM. Mark lists GEORGE HARRISON and ERIC CLAPTON as great influences. When he was seven years old his grandfather bought him his first basic guitar to practice on and later his father bought him a new guitar and amp, his passion had begun.

In the early to mid ’70′s his influences included the likes of EDGAR WINTER, RONNIE MONTROSE and RICK DERRINGER. He also loved a range of bands and artists from AL DI MEOLA to DEEP PURPLE. In 1975 Mark formed his band Riot, then at a block party Mark’s father found vocalist Guy Speranza. Mark’s guitar style and his passion for writing songs that told stories that were so deep and moving had made a real connection with those who would become life long fans. The fans felt so connected to Mark because the lyrics in Riot’s songs were extremely close to the stories of their own lives. His song writing style could weave tales of anything from old lore to battle fields and warriors, personal loss and triumph. And heavy metal anthems that will be with us for decades to come.

The brethren of brothers that Mark spent his life long career in music with and whom he leaves behind or joins in heaven are, Guy Speranza, L.A. Kouvaris, Kip Leming, Peter Bitelli, Rhett Forrester, Rick Ventura, Jimmy Iommi, Sandy Slavin, Tony Moore, Don Van Stavern, Mike Flyntz, Pete Perez, Bobby Jarzombek, Mike Dimeo, John Macaluso, Bobby Rondinelli, Mike Tirelli, Frank Gilchriest and Damon Di Bari who was always like the “6th” member of the band being Riot’s lighting director / production manager / tour manager and Mark’s personal assistant. Mark’s final days were spent with Damon at his hospital bedside, sharing the fans thoughts, well wishes and prayers. Even though Mark began his career in New York, San Antonio was a special place he loved and not only lived here for a while but had planned on moving back here to make San Antonio his permanent home.

With heart felt thanks to the fans around the world, the United States, Japan, Europe and all points in between. The Riot army meant everything in the world to Mark., it’s what kept him going. The loyalty and love of the fans fueled his passion and desire to continue making music for as long as possible.

Please keep the Mighty Tior in your hearts and the memory of Mark alive within you.

Shine on, Mark shine on!”

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It’s a very sad day for me here at Heavy Metal Addiction because I am a huge Riot fan and Mark Reale is one of my favorite guitar players. I knew that Mark suffered from severe Crohn’s disease for years, and I had been following Mark’s recent hospitalization due to Crohn’s complications because Riot was scheduled to tour the U.S. and the band had been rehearsing in Texas with Mark. When I read the news early this morning, I was shocked to find out Mark had passed…..it’s always a shock when one of your heroes passes, they seem so indestructible. Mark’s music, whether it be in Riot or Westworld, has been some of my favorite Heavy Metal and Hard Rock in the last 30 years, he was a criminally underrated guitarist, very influential and a great talent…..the music world has lost another great musician. Albums like Riot’s FIRE DOWN UNDER and RESTLESS BREED, and Westworld’s debut album, are some of my favorite all-time albums and are worth seeking out if you are a true Metal fan.

Sincere condolences go out to Mark’s family, friends, bandmates and fans…..shine on and rest in peace.

– Steve

R.I.P. – Jani Lane (1964-2011)

R.I.P. – Jani Lane (1964-2011)

 

From Noisecreep:

Jani Lane, the former singer of hard rock band Warrant, has died. He was just 47.

According to TMZ, police found Lane’s body in a room in a Woodland Hills, California Comfort Inn hotel. Right now, no official cause of death has been released.

Lane penned Warrant’s most famous songs including “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Over the years, Lane and the remaining members of Warrant had a tumultuous relationship. Lane left and rejoined the band several times, most recently reuniting with the original members in 2008. This reunion lasted only a few months and Lane was permanently replaced in Warrant by vocalist Robert Mason. In between his time with Warrant, Lane worked on several solo projects and toured with other 80s metal acts.

In the past, Lane suffered publicly with alcohol addiction and pleaded no contest to DUI in 2010. Lane appeared on VH1s ‘Celebrity Fit Club 2′ in 2005.

Jani Lane official website

Warrant official website

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Another sad and tragic loss in the Hard Rock community. Unfortunately Jani Lane had his problems with different addictions and it made the later part of his life and career hard at times, especially with his former band Warrant who have replaced him twice for their last two studio album. Back in the day I liked Warrant but, after reading all the controversy and problems in the Internet age, I had a major Warrant backlash especially with Jani Lane. Despite the guy’s issues, dying at age 47 is a sad tragedy that should have never happened. Hopefully, Jani is now at peace. Condolences go out to Jani’s family, friends and fans…..may his memory live on in the music he created.

– Steve

R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow (3rd Anniversary)

Kevin DuBrow (1955 – 2007)

Three years ago today, Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow passed away in his Las Vegas home, he was 52 years old. I got into Quiet Riot back in 1983,  just like most fans did, when they released their groundbreaking METAL HEALTH album. I heard them on the radio and watched the band’s videos on MTV, the band was at the top of the charts and Kevin was the face (and mouth!) of the band. Unfortunately, the band’s career slipped as the years went on but some of my favorite music and memories of Kevin DuBrow and Quiet Riot came in the mid-90s through 2006 when the band was re-establishing itself and eventually reunited the classic lineup. My friends and I tried to catch every local concert the band put on and we were always treated to a great show. Thanks for the music and memories Kevin, rest in peace…..

R.I.P. – Eric Carr (19th Anniversary)

Eric Carr (1950-1991)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 19 years since Eric Carr passed away from complications due to heart cancer. I will never forget watching MTV that day trying to find out news on the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and, in the same news segment, MTV reported on Eric’s death. I was upset about Mercury’s death but Eric was an important member of my favorite band…..KISS. I couldn’t even begin to think of how the band would continue without Eric and I truly thought it was the end of KISS. I grew up with the tail end of the makeup era and the non-makeup era and Eric Carr was an important part of that time in KISS’ career. The music he made will live on and I will never forget seeing him perform live in 1987 on the Crazy Nights tour…..thanks for the memories Eric! Rest in peace…..

R.I.P. – Freddie Mercury (19th Anniversary)

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)

Today marks 19 years since the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest Rock singers of all time. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 19 years since his passing but the music Freddie created with Queen and as a solo artist will live on forever. Queen will always be one of my favorite bands and Freddie one of my favorite singers. Rest in peace…..

 

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray found dead.

From Blabbermouth.net:

According to the Des Moines Register, Urbandale, Iowa police are investigating the death of SLIPKNOT’s bass guitarist at a local hotel.

Paul Dedrick Gray, 38, of Johnston was found dead at approximately 10:50 a.m. today by an employee at TownePlace Suites (pictured below), 8800 Northpark Drive, police said.

There was no evidence of foul play, police said.

According to KCCI.com, the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting in the death investigation and will perform an autopsy on Tuesday. Toxicology testing will be completed to determine if there were any contributing factors in the death of Gray, police said.

Witnesses reported that items from the hotel room were carried out of the hotel around 2 p.m.

Gray was born in Los Angeles, California, and later moved to Des Moines.

Wikipedia shows that Gray has been married for two years to GodsGirls’ Brenna Paul and has a tattoo of her name on his knuckles.

In a December 2009 posting on his MySpace page, Gray revealed that his wife was pregnant with the couple’s first child. “I am the happiest man on the face of the earth — literally!” he wrote. He added, “This has been the best Christmas I have ever had!”

In April 2010 it was announced that Paul Gray had joined HAIL!, the supergroup featuring mainstays Tim “Ripper” Owens (BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA). He was replacing the group’s original member, David Ellefson, who was unable to take part in HAIL!’s upcoming touring activities due to his renewed collaboration with MEGADETH. At the time, Paul Gray stated about his involvement with HAIL!: “This is going to be amazing! After I heard the news about David reuniting with MEGADETH I touched base with Andreas and everything fell into place pretty immediately. I was excited about what they were doing and their whole attitude is just cool, old school camaraderie and fun and I wanted to share that with them. Fortunately, I had this window of time available as SLIPKNOT are on break so the timing worked perfectly. These guys have been through it all and they represent true metal brotherhood. I like that and I’m glad to now be a part of it. I can’t wait, I wish we’d leave tomorrow. These shows are going to kick ass!”

Back in 2003, authorities agreed to drop drug possession charges against Paul Gray in exchange for Gray’s acknowledgement that he was on drugs when he was involved in a minor traffic accident (Story#1, Story#2) in the summer of 2003 in Des Moines.

Des Moines police arrested Gray on June 1, 2003 after his car collided with a car at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Carpenter Avenue.

A police report at the time said Gray “had impaired balance, slurred and dull speech, and extremely sleepy and dull behavior.”

R.I.P. – Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

R.I.P. – Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

Ronnie James Dio passed away this morning at 7:45am after battling stomach cancer for the last 6 months…..he was 67 years old. Ronnie’s wife & manager Wendy Dio updated the Dio website with the following:

“Today (May 16th) my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

You can leave your condolences on Facebook.
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This is a very sad day for me because I am a huge Dio fan and I love all of his music. Cancer is a horrible disease, one that has touched more than a few in my family, so I can’t even imagine what Wendy Dio and Ronnie’s family are dealing with right now. When I read the news that RJD had stomach cancer last year, I was shocked, not because RJD had cancer but because one of my heroes had cancer. Musicians, athletes, actors, whatever type of celebrity…..the fans put these people on pedastals and they seem almost superhuman but they are people like the rest of us. It’s a sad day for the Heavy Metal world because we lost an icon and a supreme talent but we also lost a man who respected his family, friends and fans and seemed like a good guy. I will miss Ronnie James Dio because his music has meant a lot to me in my 30 years of being a Metal fan but it is with that music that Ronnie will live on. My deepest condolences go out to Wendy Dio and to Ronnie’s family, friends and fans. Rest In Peace Ronnie…..

Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll…..long live Ronnie James Dio!

– Steve

R.I.P. – Midnight (ex-Crimson Glory) (1962-2009)

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From Blabbermouth:

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has learned that former CRIMSON GLORY frontman Midnight (real name: John Patrick Jr. McDonald) passed away earlier today (Wednesday, July 8) from “total kidney and liver failure.” He was 47 years old.

According to JON OLIVA’S PAIN guitarist Matt LaPorte, who played on some of Midnight’s recent solo recordings, the singer spent his final hours surrounded by his mother, brother, daughter as well as members of CRIMSON GLORY, SAVATAGE, and JON OLIVA’S PAIN. His death occurred at 3:45 a.m EST at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“I will miss my partner Midnight — the greatest voice and friend I’ve ever known,” LaPorte told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. He added, “In spite of his demons, [Midnight] was a beautiful soul who constantly changed the lives of those he met and came into contact with.”

Midnight sang on CRIMSON GLORY’s first three albums — “Crimson Glory” (1986), “Transcendence” (1988) and “Strange and Beautiful” (1991) — before going into self-imposed exile for almost a decade. He eventually rejoined CRIMSON GLORY in 2005 but was dismissed in January 2007 following the revelation that he was arrested in Sarasota, Florida and charged with “DUI [driving under the influence] with .20 [blood-alcohol level] or higher or having a passenger under 18″ years of age. Midnight, who gave his occupation as “painter” to the authorities at the time of the arrest, was also cited for driving with a suspended/ cancelled/ revoked license.

Last fall, Midnight announced plans to release a new solo CD called “All Souls Midnight” which was to feature the “Acoustic Crimson” EP (four songs) along with the lost “Midnight Mass” recordings from the late ’80s/early ’90s plus some other “cool rarities.”

R.I.P – Kevin DuBrow (1st Anniversary)

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R.I.P. – Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007)

It was a sad day last year when the Metal world was shaken with the news of Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow’s passing in his Las Vegas home. Quiet Riot hit it big when I was starting to get deep into the Hard Rock scene back in the early ’80s. You couldn’t stop hearing the band on the radio or seeing their videos on MTV and I was a fan from METAL HEALTH on. I never saw them live in the ’80s but when Kevin and the band made it to town in the ’90s (and beyond), I never missed a gig. Some of the best music the band made came AFTER their ’80s heyday and Kevin (along with Frankie Banali) was the band’s driving force. It’s sad that Kevin passed with so many more years to go but he is celebrated with the music and memories he left behind. Rest in peace Kevin, you are missed…..

R.I.P. – Eric Carr (17th Anniversary)

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R.I.P. – Eric Carr (1950-1991)

November 24, 1991 was the day that my world came crashing to a halt when the sad news of KISS drummer Eric Carr’s unexpected death flashed across MTV News. There was already sad news with Queen’s Freddie Mercury passing away the same day but this was a member of KISS…..my favorite band. I figured the band was over, how could they continue without Eric?

I always say that KISS regained some of their success because of Eric’s dedication, skill, and overall positive attitude and I always wanted to meet him. Ask any fan that met him and they will tell you that Eric Carr was one of the classiest musicians there ever was. He is still one of my favorite members of KISS and one of my favorite drummers. Rest in peace Eric, you are still missed very much…..

R.I.P. – Freddie Mercury (17th Anniversary)

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R.I.P. – Freddie Mercury (1946-1991)

It’s still hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since Freddie Mercury passed away. I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a young kid and he has always been my favorite vocalist. I never got to see Queen in concert with Freddie at the mic but, from the DVDs I own, I know that they were spectacular. Here’s to you Freddie! Thank you for your music and all the memories. May you rest in peace…..