Category Archives: In Memoriam

As applicable this category will be used to remember those entertainment personalities that we lost.

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Has Died (1953-2017)

We’re saddened today to learn of the passing of the great Malcolm Young, the brother of Angus and co-founder of the legendary Australian band AC/DC. Back in 2014, the rhythm guitarist stepped down from his role in the band due to health concerns. He was in the early stages of dementia and after several months of speculation on his return or not, the management announced he had retired from the band. Sadly, the effects of Alzheimer’s would end up being the cause of his demise at 64 years of age. Malcolm’s passing leaves only Angus as the remaining original member of the band at this point in history. I’ve been a fan of the band since the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” album, but only ever saw them in concert once and that was during a business trip when I learned they were playing in the same town I was staying. I loved their music and always am sad when one of the founding icons leaves us. Alzheimer’s is no joke in terms of what it does to you and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of cure or means to stem it off. A shame. To learn more about the musicians life you can hit his official Wikipedia entry since it’s all there. We wish his family, band mates and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences during this time. Rest in Peace Mr. Young and thanks so very much for sending us down the highway to hell and to be flies on the wall of every dirty deed being done dirt cheap. We salute you 🙂

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Young

Singer Janet Rains aka Jane Train Has Died (1969-2017)

Back in mid-July we reported the terrible news about a car wreck with the band Adrenaline Mob who were roadside repairing a flat. This accident killed bassist David Z. and grievously injured their tour manager Janet Rains, aka Jane Train. I am saddened to share the news that Ms Rains has succumbed to her injuries and passed away at age 48.

Rains was a very active musician on the scene according to what has been read and most recently was singing for a band called Headbanger’s Ball with some musicians we follow the adventures of but we were not able to catch these shows based on logistics and where they were. The friends who knew her talents well spoke very highly of her and I was quite looking forward to crossing paths at some point in the future but alas she has gone on to join the musical legends that have left us over the last few years. Another shining star that has gone out far too soon and with so much more to give the world around her. We send the deepest of condolences to her family and friends and all of the fans that she made at her shows during this time. Goodnight Miss.

Official Website: https://www.janetrainonline.com/

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Has Died (1976-2017)

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Chester w Stone Temple Pilots (2015)

Though the news has been circulating for the better part of the hour, I am taking the time to confirm that not only has Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington died, but that his end was due to a suicide where he hung himself in his residence. He was found in this fashion by one of household staff early in the morning and was dead at the time of his discovery and this leads authorities to believe that he had done this late last night or early this morning. Chester Bennington was 41 years old. For most of the world, Chester was known to us as being the singer for the Alt-Metal band Linkin Park and also as the main man for Stone Temple Pilots once their singer Scott Weiland had stepped down to pursue other paths. He would do this for two years before deciding to spend the majority of his time on the future of Linkin Park. Shortly after Chester stepped down from STP, the bands original singer was found dead of a drug overdose. It’s both interesting and alarming to note that today is also the birthday of the late great Chris Cornell who took his own life back in May of this year. Another light extinguished before shining as bright as it still could and this saddens me greatly.
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David Z. of Trans-Siberian Orchestra – ZO2 – Adrenaline Mob Has Died (1979-2017)

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Though the news has been circulating since Friday when the terrible accident took place, its taken me a couple of days to formulate thoughts and accept this one and I must admit that its pretty hard to do. It hits close to my creative heart but it is true – bassist David Z. (Zablidowsky) was killed in a horrific crash early Friday afternoon while the bands RV was roadside repairing a flat while on an Adrenaline Mob tour. The news and need to properly memorialize David finds me quoting the late great Chris Cornell from a Temple Of Dog track where he sang “I never wanted to write these words down for you…..” and as someone who has not only appreciated the talents of Dave Z since beginning his own media adventure I was proud to also consider him a friend.
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TV’s Batman Adam West Has Died (1928-2017)

A few hours ago I learned the sad news about the passing of the legendary Adam West who portrayed DC Comics “Batman” on the cult favorite television show that bore the same name. The actor’s passing was announced by his family and their message follows his photo. Mr. West was 88 years old and this news hit me hard as it was another part of my youthful development leaving this plane for the Great Beyond.

“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news…Adam West passed away peacefully last night after a short but brave battle with leukemia. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him. We know you’ll miss him too and we want you to know how much your love and support meant to him throughout the years. Hug your loved ones today. – The West Family”

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