I am completely shocked and somewhat gutted to confirm that Slayer have reported guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away. A Statement Read:-
“Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home, Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)”
I would oviously like to start by offering my deepest to Jeff’s bandmates, his friends and his family. I knew That Jeff had been fighting some really strange virus but I have to say that this was completely shocking and unexpected news! So I’d like to at this point share some of my favourite Slayer moments.
Raining Blood: –
Angel Of Death: –
South Of Heaven: –
Hell Awaits: –
It is with sadness that I have to report that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at the age of 42. Cheng was involved in a car accident in November of 2008 that has left him in a paralyzed state ever since. His family released the following statement:
“Our dearest Family,
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)”
I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my condolences to Chi’s family, friends and fellow band members.
In Tribute I have posted below some of my favourite Deftones moments!
My Own Summer: –
Be Quiet & Drive: –
Back To School: –
Scott McKenzie, who sang the 1960s hit ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’, has died, aged 73. The singer-songwriter passed away in his LA home on Saturday (August 18).H e had been in and out of hospital since being diagnosed two years ago with Guillaine-Barré syndrome, a disease of the nervous system, and had been “very ill” in recent weeks, according to his official website, A statement added: ‘It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Scott McKenzie in LA on 18th August, 2012. Scott had been very ill recently and passed away in his home after two weeks in hospital.’ It went on: “It has been our pleasure to maintain this website over the past 15 years and this is the hardest update of them all. Farewell our much-loved and wonderful friend.”
My condolences to all of his family and friends, I have to be honest I genuinely only know the one Scott McKenzie song but I genuinely love it! People may unfortunately be mortal but great music lives on forever so in tribute here it is..
Yesterday, July 16th a true legend of the rock scene, Ex-Deep Purple, Whitesnake (among others) keyboardist Jon Lord sadly passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer that begun in 2011. Lord was supposed to return to the live circuit in Hagen, Germany on the 12th of this month but poor health prevented such an event and ever since the keyboardists health has been on a steady decline.
A post upon his official website reads: “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”
Lord was responsible for founding and leading Deep Purple during their lesser known years and being present when the band created some of their most classic material such as “Deep Purple In Rock”, “Fireball” and “Machine Head”, as well as being part of the highly revered English rock band Whitesnake from 1978 to 1984. Rejoining Deep Purple in 1984, Lord also went on to produce several solo works and collaborate with some of music’s best known figures, including his latest super-group project “Whocares” which featured, amongst others Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell fame. R.I.P Jon Lord my condolences to your family & friends.
In tribute one of my Favourite Deep Purple songs ‘Black Night’
The Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb has died after a lengthy battle with cancer, his family have confirmed. The legendary singer, who was 62, had been battling liver and colon cancer in recent years. After making what he had described as a “spectacular recovery”, a secondary tumour had recently developed.
A statement from Gibb’s family confirmed his death: “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.” Last month, Gibb fell into a coma when he contracted pneumonia due to complications arising from his cancer. After he regained consciousness a week later, Gibb’s son Robin-John said: “They [doctors] gave him an under 10 per cent survival chance and he has beaten the odds… he really is something else.”
Robin Gibb’s career in music began when he formed The Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958. The group went onto to enjoy success spanning six decades, notching up more than 200 million record sales thanks to hits such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’. Although I’m not old enough to remember them originally and I can’t say I’m a huge fan I still would like to take this opportunity to pass on my condolences and my respect to a man who was a massively successful musician.
I will leave you with a video of one of the Bee Gee’s songs I do genuinely like though and that is ‘Massachusetts’.
Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch has died at the age of 47, his publicist has confirmed, the star was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 but it is not clear whether his death was connected with the illness. Yauch had surgery and radiation therapy but said last year “reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated”. Under the alias MCA, he joined the group co-founded by Mike D and Ad Roc in 1981. They went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide. I would like to pass on my condolences to his family and all those that were close to him. R.I.P Adam Yauch!!
As a tribute I thought I’d post a couple of my favourite Beastie Boys songs.
Having read the news yesterday on the death Of Jim Marshall I felt the need to put up a post today passing on my condolences to his family and all those that knew him. I think it is quite safe to say if it were not For Marshall and his amps music today would probably be very different such is the impact he had, and it is sad to see yet another pioneer pass on.
The Marshall website released the following statement:
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv’nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.
Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.”
R.I.P Jim Marshall