Blabbermouth.net reports: Veteran San Francisco Bay Area heavy metal musician Jon Torres, who played bass and guitar for a number of the region’s most acclaimed cult acts, including ULYSSES SIREN, HEATHEN and LÄÄZ ROCKIT, died Monday night as a result of a reported heart failure.
Blabbermouth.net issues, that according to numerous reports out of New Orleans, Joey LaCaze, drummer of EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER and TEN SUICIDES, has passed away. No further details are currently available.
EYEHATEGOD just completed a month-long tour of Europe and was gearing up for a string of dates in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
It was recently announced that EYEHATEGOD would make an appearance at Philip Anselmo‘s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival this fall in Austin, Texas.
Since forming in 1988, EYEHATEGOD has defied all odds and continues to exist and persist despite personal and professional setbacks. They’ve been called doomcore, sludge and stoner rock, survived line-up shuffles, label hassles and a short-lived split. And after more than two decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EYEHATEGOD still hasn’t lost the piss and vinegar that fueled it back the late Eighties.
French CHANNEL ZERO has issued the following message via Official Facebook Page:
It is our huge sadness to inform the death of our brother and Channel Zero drummer Phil Baheux. The death of Phil Baheux (at age 45) this morning is a terrible shock to the members of the band and the crew. We ask you to respect the privacy of his family and the band.
According to Billboard, US-based JJ CALE (real name John Weldon Cale), the musician best known for writing the ERIC CLAPTON hits ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Cocaine’, along with LYNYRD SKYNYRD’s ‘Call Me The Breeze’, died Friday (July 26) at the age of 74.
The singer-songwriter’s official website states:
“JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at JJCale.com and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.”
Cale’s biggest US hit single, ‘Crazy Mama’, peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972.
Ray Manzarek — who co-founded “The Doors” with Jim Morrison in 1965 and played keyboard — has died, this according to the band’s official Facebook page. Manzarek was 74.
According to the website, Manzarek passed away today at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer.
At the time of his death, Ray was surrounded by his wife Dorothy and his brothers Rick and James.
Along with Jim … Ray and The Doors churned out some of the most iconic rock songs in history — including, “L.A. Woman,” “Break On Through to the Other Side,” “The End,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Light My Fire.”
Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger released a statement saying, “I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek.”
He added, “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”
According to the band’s official Facebook page … Ray’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, fans should make an in memoriam donation in Ray’s name to Standup2cancer.org.
DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng died yesterday (Saturday, April 13) at the age of 42. The musician had been in a semi-comatose state for more than four years after being seriously injured in a car accident in November 2008. In addition to not recovering full consciousness, Cheng had been in and out of hospitals for various infections as his family has struggled with the mounting costs of care since he lost his health insurance a few months after the accident.
Cheng‘s mother has released the following statetement regarding his passing:
“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 a.m. 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.com [charity web site made in dedication of his memory] 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).”
Cheng required surgery after the car accident to remove part of his brain, but his recovery was strong enough that he was taken off life support seven months later.
Over the course of the past couple of years, Cheng emerged from his coma for brief intervals. He was able to open his eyes and apparently could see and hear things going on around him, but could not respond verbally.
DEFTONES have held several benefit concerts and continued to donate money from the band’s tours. Singer Chino Moreno said that the group’s fans have continued to help as well. “Whatever people can do, it’s all appreciated, and it’s all just in the hopes that there will be one day where he can talk back and have a conversation and see his kids and, you know, continue on living, you know,” he said. “That’s what we pray and hope for, you know what I mean, that’s all we can do.”
Sergio Vega continues to play bass for the band. Vega stepped in for touring purposes after Cheng‘s accident, and stayed on to record 2010′s “Diamond Eyes” and last year’s “Koi No Yokan” with the group.
Polish extreme metallers HATE have issued the following sad news:
At night 5th/6th April near a German town of Munchberg, our friend, best comrade and longtime bass player unexpectedly passed away. After the show in Stuttgart last night he went to sleep and never woke up. We found him lifeless early in the morning and immediately called an ambulance. He was reanimated, but to no avail. Results of Sławek’s autopsy should be known soon. In this situation, we decided to cancel the remaining shows and return home. We gave detailed testimonies to the German police. We are shocked and shattered by his sudden, unexpected death. We mourn together with Slawek’s family and friends.
Adam, Konrad, Stanislaw, Daniel /HATE
According to the BBC, TEN YEARS AFTER leader Alvin Lee has died aged 68. His family announced on his official website that he unexpectedly died on March 6 following complications during routine surgery.
The Nottingham, UK-born musician rose to fame after appearing at the Woodstock festival in 1969. The band, who had eight Top 40 albums in the UK, had their biggest hit in 1971 with ‘I’d Love To Change the World’.
“We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician,” said the statement from his wife and daughters.
Lee worked with THE BEATLES’ GEORGE HARRISON, STEVE WINWOOD, RONNIE WOOD and MICK FLEETWOOD on his first solo album, On the Road to Freedom, in 1973.
He released his 14th record, Still On The Road To Freedom, in August last year. He was due to play a concert at Olympia Hall in Paris on 7 April with blues guitarist JOHNNY WINTER.
STRYPER members Tim Gaines and Oz Fox are sad to announce the loss of their former SINDIZZY bandmate and brother Bobby MacNeil.
Fox: “An amazing artist and influential guitarist. I will miss him dearly.”
SinDizzy released one album, He’s Not Dead, in 1998. The album was re-released in 2008 via Girder Records with all new artwork and liner notes and more, although the release was never authorized by Tim Gaines, who holds the rights to the Sin Dizzy name.
For more information on the band go to this location.
Britain’s NIGHTVISION issued the following statement earlier today, December 27th:
“There is nothing we can say that hasn’t been said already other than to confirm the devastating and crushing loss of our incredible bass player Dean Hocking – tragically taken from us as a passenger in a road accident during the early hours.
Needless to say he was an incredible bass player – one of the best – and an incredible bloke!
We obviously need the time to get this round our heads but in the meantime… wherever you are… get a drink and raise it high as a toast to a fine, young, talented guy gone too soon!
Turn it up to 11 & rumble the heavens our brother. We love you dude and we are gonna miss you like you’ll never know!
Daryl, Dave & Bolda.”