Category Archives: In Memoriam

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

Legendary Bassist Tim Bogert Has Passed Away (1944-2021)

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Though I hate sharing bad news with the readership, I am afraid that I am tasked with bringing up the sad truth that the legendary bassist Tim Bogert has passed away. I saw the news circulating across the Facebook Pages of his former bandmates and a statement from Carmine Appice follows the image.

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From Carmine Appice: My true friend Tim Bogert died today. He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players. Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it. I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together. Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it. Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.

Bogert stepped back from the live music scene about a decade or so ago and find his music delivered going forward by Pete Bremy in both Vanilla Fudge and in Cactus for a time. Tim was battling cancer for a number of years and was 76 years old at the time of his passing. On behalf of the Media Command HQ we wish Tim’s family the deepest of condolences on his passing. Thank you Tim for such powerful notes. I wish I had been able to see you live in concert more than I had gotten to. Your melodies will live on forever on numerous records and you will forever remain an inspiration to anyone who decides to make the bass their instrument. May you Rest In Peace.

Official Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bogert

Finnish Guitar Wizard Alexi Laiho Has Died (1979-2021)

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Alexi Laiho by Terhi Ylimäinen

The Press Release:
One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously.
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Remembering John Lennon On The 40th Anniversary Of His Death (1940-1980)

December 8th is a sad day for music fans all over the world as this is the day that the legendary member of The Beatles, John Lennon, was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of his home at the Dakota Hotel only hours after signing a copy of his latest album “Double Fantasy” for him. Mr. Lennon was only 40 years old at the time and surely had worlds of music left to share with everyone. Today is the 40th Anniversary of his death and we bow our heads respectfully and share the incredible candid image of John in a NYC t-shirt that was snapped by the great Bob Gruen.

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Legendary James Bond Actor; Sir Sean Connery Has Died (1930-2020)

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The news is slowly making the rounds on this Saturday morning, noting the passing of legendary actor Sir Sean Connery, who died at age 90. No immediate cause of death has been cited at the time of this update.

While an actor since 1954 with “Lilacs In The Spring”, the world at large most commonly knew and loved Connery as Iam Fleming’s James Bond 007, a role he began with “Dr. No” in 1962. He continued to work on Her Majesty’s Secret Service in “From Russia With Love”, “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “You Only Live Twice”, “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Never Say Never Again”. There were scores of other roles to enjoy of course and others I liked fell to “Highlander” I and II, “The Rock”, “The Untouchables”, “The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and even “The Avengers”. That last one is a film version of the classic British show and not the Marvel Studios effort. What was your own favorite Sean Connery work? Be sure to chime in down below in the comments section to let us know.

More about the life and career of the great Sir Sean Connery is documented on his Wikipedia entry so we shall not repeat all of that. We wish his family, friends and cinema colleagues the deepest of condolences on his passing and thank him so very much for all of the entertainment he has left us with. Rest In Peace Sir Sean, may your journey to Valhalla be a safe one.

Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Connery

Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Connery

Legendary Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Has Died (1955-2020)

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We are absolutely devastated to help broadcast the news about the legendary and oh so influential guitarist Eddie Van Halen passing away. The musician sadly lost his long battle with throat cancer and has left us at age 65. A statement from his son Wolfgang is below the photo.

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

Wolf Van Halen’s Statement:
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with hi on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

*** end of statement ***

When I think back to where I first heard the music of Van Halen, I think that I was sitting on the porch of one of my friends houses. One of our number had a radio playing the local Rock station which would have been either WNEW or WPLJ at the time and they were playing this brand-new band called Van Halen and their cover of “You Really Got Me” which was originally done by The Kinks. The photos presented in this memorial toast hail from a Van Halen concert we attended and discussed HERE while the guitar photo comes from an exhibit at The Met that we went to last year and shared the findings on our Official Instagram.

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