Category Archives: In Memoriam

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

Goodnight To “The Gambler”; Kenny Rogers Has Died (1938-2020)

Growing up I listened to a whole lot of different music before determining that the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal was my favorite thing of them all. These formative years found me enjoying a lot of the classics by the legendary Country Music artist Kenny Rogers and I had to say that I loved quite a few of his songs. Sadly, I now share the news about this music icon passing away. Below please find the notice from his publicity team. I’ll return with additional thoughts.

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The Statement:
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
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Legendary Rush Drummer Neil Peart Has Died (1952-2020)

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Though the details are just now flowing in and making their way across the news channels, it is with incredible sadness that I share the news that legendary drumming virtuoso, Neil Peart “The Professor” of Progressive Rock and Metal icons Rush has died. Peart was 57 years of age and was taken from us by brain cancer.

While I work to get more details about this horrible news, I am sharing a number of images that were shot from a Rush show back in 2007. Neil was one of my top favorites in the drumming medium and an absolutely incredible lyricist. I hope these images bring some solace in this incredibly sad time and with that said “Ladies and Gentlemen The Professor on the drum kit”…..

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Neil Peart by Ken Pierce (2007)

Rush Statement;
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mat of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for prvacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those whishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil’s name. Rest In peace brother”.
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Reflecting On The 2019 Deaths In Music

As 2019 heads towards the sunset, I wanted to take a moment to reflect upon the numerous losses that music faced this past year. Though PiercingMetal has long posted extended memorials in our “In Memoriam” Features, it’s almost impossible to speak about them all. Instead, I’m again using this comprehensive rundown that was culled from other online research sources so we can say “Hail and Farewell” a little bit better to more of them. Those who’ve already been toasted will have their entry highlighted in the list should you care to examine that post. Let’s say “goodbye” once more to these talented folks.

January 1, 2019: Shane Bisnett (31), American metalcore bassist (Ice Nine Kills)
January 2, 2019: Daryl Dragon (76), American pop keyboardist and songwriter (Captain & Tennille, The Beach Boys)
January 16, 2019: Lorna Doom (61), American punk rock bassist (Germs)
January 25, 2019: Bruce Corbitt (56), American thrash metal singer (Rigor Mortis, Warbeast)

February 1, 2019: Alex Brown (52), American punk rock guitarist (Gorilla Biscuits, Project X, Side by Side)
February 15, 2019: Kofi Burbridge (57), American jam band keyboardist and flautist (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Derek Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit)
February 21, 2019: Peter Tork (77), American rock bassist and singer (The Monkees)
February 25, 2019: Mark Hollis (64), British new wave and post-rock singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Talk Talk)
February 26, 2019: Andy Anderson (68), British new wave drummer (The Cure, The Glove, Hawkwind),
February 27, 2019: Doug Sandom (89), British rock drummer (The Who)
February 28, 2019: Stephan Ellis (69), American rock bassist (Survivor)
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Remembering: “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott; 15 Years Gone (2004-2019)

Fifteen years – Sigh. It was five years ago today that I first reflected on an anniversary of the death of the now legendary guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott who was murdered while onstage by a crazed fan during a Damageplan performance. Back when he was killed in 2004, there was no PiercingMetal.com yet and I was still new to the game and only submitted reviews to a site over in Barcelona, Spain. That said, I remember how when I first typed those words down that it left me ill at ease and I can honestly say that it still manages to do so. Speaking frankly, I don’t like to reflect on each and every year after someone has died because I find that it gets in the way of the healing and coming to terms with the loss but in a case like Dime’s is there really any easy way to come to these places? Not really.

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So a lot of my reflection here recalls my frame of mind and how the news came to me when it initially happened back in 2004. I remembered how the news came to me very early the following morning after it had happened and I was waking up to go to work and as the radio played my constantly set 1010 WINS, I heard the words “gunman”, “Metal concert” and “Dimebag Darrell”; As I said I was just only waking up but it was like a bolt that I was out of the bed and hoping for the newscaster to repeat the story to get more properly informed. I booted up my computer and launched into my email account as I was the NYC Scene Journalist for The Metal Circus site in Spain at the time. The time was only a little after 6AM and I was not seeing the story on any of the popular Metal Newsfeed sites of the day yet but as my email queue synced I began to notice messages filled with questions from my Spanish amigos to get more information on this horrible story they were starting to hear about over on their side of the Atlantic. Then the news was repeated and the reporter came back on and said the news. Guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott of Damageplan was shot during the bands concert and had died. Hearing the words left me numb because it just didn’t make sense to me at all. Why would this happen? How could this happen? Such a thing seemed impossible to happen at a Metal show. Rap maybe but Metal? Never. I typed up the words from the reporters segment and sent them to the editor of that online magazine citing how it was officially verified so they could compose something about it. I admit that it was very hard to go to work that day but since I was “the Metal guy” on the team, it became a quick topic of discussion and it was clearly sending shock waves across the world’s Metal fan base as all tried to come to grips with it and make some kind of sense out of the news. Yet there was no sense to be made from this. Dimebag was taken from us by a very ill and delusional man and there was nothing else to be said about the matter. Dime and a few others were dead and numerous people were injured. It sucked and Metal would never quite be the same again.
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Bassist Timi Hansen (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond) Has Died (1958-2019)

We are just learning of the passing of influential bassist Timi Hansen who performed with Mercyful Fate and King Diamond for many, many years. He lost his battle with cancer at age 61 and a statement posted on Facebook comes from the King himself.

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The King’s Statement:

“I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way. He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times. I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten. When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said “we fight on”. I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace my dear dear friend”.

The ardent Metal Legions will know that Hansen played on all of the early Mercyful Fate albums of note such as “Nuns Have No Fun”, “Melissa”, “Don’t Break the Oath”, “Return of the Vampire”, “In the Shadows” and “The Bell Witch”. When King Diamond embarked on his solo career Hansen went along and would record “No Presents For Christmas”, “Fatal Portrait”, “Abigail” and “The Dark Sides”. He would serve this role from 1982 until 1994 across both acts. I should admit that I was a latecomer to Fate music and first heard them with “Don’t Break The Oath”. The King Diamond stuff I was on point with at the onset and I really enjoyed Hansens playing on all of it. He was a solid and talented player who definitely influenced a lot of up and coming Metal bands. I am sure the list of them features some of the Rock stars of today.

We wish his family, friends, bandmates and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences during this terrible time. Thanks for the music Timi, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.

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