Category Archives: In Memoriam

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

Fleetwood Mac Co-Founding Guitarist Peter Green Has Died (1946-2020)

I’m saddened to continue our Saturday afternoon reporting with the news that Peter Green, legendary co-founder of the band Fleetwood Mac, has passed away. He was 73 years of age and a brief statement from his family is below.

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Family Statement:
“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.”

* end of statement *

Speaking personally, my musical education on the works of Peter Green are very limited and quite honestly I know two of his most noted works from the bands that covered them and practically made them their own songs. I am speaking of “Black Magic Woman” which was done by Santana and “Green Manalishi” that was covered by the mighty Judas Priest. These are magnificent tunes and ones that should be rallied behind time and time again. In 1967 I can’t claim to listening to much Fleetwood Mac or any music unless it was a lullabye since I was two years old. I would get my education on the band from the “Rumors” album that my father owned and played as much as I played my KISS records. True story.
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Marvel Comics Legend Joe Sinnott Passes Away (1926-2020)

The PiercingMetal Media Command HQ is sad to share the news about the passing of the legendary Inker Joltin’ Joe Sinnott. A statement from his family is below for your perusal.

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The Statement:
It with great sorrow that we must announce the passing of Joltin’ Joe Sinnott on June 25th at 8:40am at the age of 93. He went peacefully with the knowledge that his family, friends, and fans adored him. He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. He always loved hearing from all of you and having your comments read to him. Each and every one of you were special to him. The Sinnott family requests their privacy and understanding during this difficult time. Please send condolences to:
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Comic Book Legend Dennis “Denny” O’Neill Has Died (1939-2020)

Greetings my comic book loving Legions, it’s time to bow our heads once more as the news about the legendary scribe Dennis “Denny” O’Neill passing away is making the rounds. An official statement from DC Comics is presented beneath the photo and then I will offer up some personal insight. Mr. O’Neill was 81 years old.

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From DC Comics:
DC is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and industry legend, Dennis “Denny” O’Neil.

Denny began his professional career as a reporter in Missouri, and it was a series of articles he wrote in the mid-1960s about the comic book industry that caught the attention of Marvel editor Roy Thomas. Denny soon started writing for comics, and in 1968 he contributed his first stories to DC. Denny quickly became one of the company’s most influential contributors, writing six or seven stories a month.

His breakthrough came in 1970 when he and artist Neal Adams started working on Batman. The pair forged a grittier version of Batman, returning the character back to his earliest days as the ominous Dark Knight of Gotham City.
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Legendary Bassist Steve Priest of The Sweet Has Died (1948-2020)

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I’m saddened to once again return to our memorials section with more bad news but we’ve just learned that the legendary bassist of The Sweet, Mr. Steve Priest, has passed away at age 72. No COD was lined out but its been reported that his health was not too good in recent times. A statement from his former bandmate Andy Scott is below.

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Steve Priest of The Sweet in NYC (2018) by KP

Andy Scott’s Statement:
“Then there was one! I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family x. He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started! He eventually followed his heart and moved to the USA. First New York then LA. Rest in Peace brother. All my love.”

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Steve Priest of The Sweet in NYC (2018) by KP

Historically speaking, while I’ve a recollection of enjoyed music from The Sweet for decades, it wasn’t until the Spring of 2018 when I would catch Priest’s version of the group at the Gramercy Theatre which is were my photo above comes from. I had a group of friends in from Denmark and they had the band Tragedy opening up the show and it was a night of singing along to everything and plenty of drinking. My Danish friends were on holiday after all. I don’t recall where or when I first heard the band but think it would have to stem from the single “Little Willy” which was catchy as all heck and now in my mind is nothing short of a classic. The Sweet were a band that were far more influential than they received the credit for and that was a shame. Anyone who listened to them usually said to me “hey that’s really good”. As I grew older I learned of more songs and the deeper album cuts and eventually built up quite the catalog on CD. I loved more songs than I could easily summarize here but will say that “Action”, “Fox On The Run”, “The Six-Teens”, “Ballroom Blitz” and even “Love Is Like Oxygen” are top on my list. As Scott denotes in his official statement, he is the last surviving member of the band and its my hope that he brings his version over to the states for some gigs whenever the possibility to do so becomes the case again.

As there is far too much reading about the band, I am embedding their links down below for your own examination. Rest In Peace Mr. Priest, and thank you ever so much for all the amazing music that you delivered to us. We extend heartfelt condolences to your family, friends and worldwide fans. I’ll close out with a classic rendition of one of their most popular numbers.

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Ten Years Later: Type O Negative’s Peter Steele Remembered (4/14/2010)

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For many it feels like today’s date is March 44th based on the current state of affairs in the world with the devastating effects of this Coronavirus Pandemic. It’s actually April 10th and it’s a day that marks a very sad anniversary in the minds of so many Metal fans as that was the day that the inimitable Peter Steele, founder of the Brooklyn-based Heavy Metal group Type O Negative passed away. I remember hearing rumbling of the news not long after he had apparently passed and initially a part of me had to laugh at the notion that Peter had fooled us all once again with the same trick that he did some years before. Sadly, when I took notice of people who would be “in the know” about the band making posts to their socials about getting some terrible news that they were hoping against hope would be untrue a chill ran through my bones. It was true. He was gone. The world at large had lost the Green Man, Peter Steele was dead and he was only 48 years old.

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Type O Negative’s Peter Steele (5/2007)

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