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Reflecting On The 2018 Deaths In Music

As our Entertainment Year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment and reflect upon the numerous artist losses that we found happening over the past year in 2018. While its true that there is often a longer “In Memoriam” post done for some of the artists here on the PiercingMetal website, it’s all too difficult to do such a piece for every single musician or entertainment personality that we lose. I think I’d need a dedicated writer for that alone. In similar fashion to the full listing that I began last year in this fashion, I culled the research sources and tried to cite all the names that our demographic might be most familiar with. Should a longer “In Memoriam” post exist on the site, I will highlight the name so you can examine that article at your leisure. Let’s say goodbye to these talented people once more before 2018 end.

January 1, 2018: Jon Paul Steuer (33), American punk singer and actor
January 2, 2018: Rick Hall (85), American record producer
January 3, 2018: Josiah Boyd (32), American heavy metal bassist (A Hill to Die Upon)
January 4, 2018: Ray Thomas (76), British progressive rock flautist (The Moody Blues)
January 5, 2018: Mikio Fujioka (36), Japanese heavy metal guitarist (Babymetal)
January 9, 2018: Paul Antingnani, American heavy metal drummer (Sworn Enemy)
January 10, 2018: “Fast” Eddie Clarke (67), British heavy metal guitarist (Motörhead, Fastway)
January 15, 2018: Dolores O’Riordan (46), Irish alternative rock singer-songwriter (The Cranberries)
January 16, 2018: Dave Holland (69), English heavy metal drummer (Judas Priest, Trapeze)
January 20, 2018: Jim Rodford (76), British rock bassist (Argent, The Kinks, The Zombies)

February 7, 2018: Pat Torpey (64), American hard rock drummer (Mr. Big)
February 9, 2018: Craig MacGregor (68), American rock bassist (Foghat)
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“Zombie” Acoustic (Single) by Bad Wolves

Artist: Bad Wolves
Title: “Zombie” Acoustic (Single)
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Release Date: 5/25/2018
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

What’s that saying again? “So nice they did it twice” – I think that is the line or something else very close to it. Whatever the exact verbiage might be, the thought I am getting at is the fact that the brand new band Bad Wolves have achieved a level of bombastic success with their cover of The Cranberries song “Zombie” that was released as a single in memory of that bands singer Dolores O’Riordan. At the point of this writing the world at large still does NOT know the cause of the singers passing which is a shame. Now the Bad Wolves version of the song was nothing less than jarring and powerful and after I listened a few times was added to the content of our website on a summary you can examine HERE. The other day the band issued an acoustic version of the track and here are my thoughts about it.
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“Zombie” (Single) by Bad Wolves

Artist: Bad Wolves
Title: “Zombie” (Single)
Label: Eleven Seven
Release Date: 1/19/2018
Genre: Alt-Metal
Rating: 4/5

The sudden and quite surprising dead of singer Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries hit a world of music fans hard since she was not only loved but also only 46 years of age. Her death followed that of the legendary “Fast” Eddie Clarke of the Original Motorhead and left music fans with the mindset of here we go again with the regular passing on of musical greats. Earlier today, I was tooling around in Spotify and saw that the band Bad Wolves had recorded The Cranberries seminal hit “Zombie” and since I had wanted to check them out I felt that this would be the perfect launching point for me. Let’s give their version of the classic tune a listen I said and from the moment it started I was down with it. There is a solemn beginning that might bring a slight Five Finger Death Punch vibe to your mind but its only there for a second as singer Tommy Vext showcases a sonic register across the main verse.
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Singer Dolores O’Riordan Of The Cranberries Has Died (1971-2018

It’s with sadness that I must share the recently announced news about The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan who has passed away. She might not have been on the Metal side of the fence but man did this girl have some pipes. I’ve shared the official publicist statement below. Should any further information come to light I will amend this memorial posting.

Official Statement: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Update From The Band: “We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.
Noel, Mike and Fergal

It was reported that the singer was only recently back to action after dealing with some illness and other malaise so hopes were high by her fans and the band to get back to doing what they all did best together. While I will not speculate, I sure find the words “died suddenly” to be troubling so let’s wait until they announce the cause of her passing. My background in the music of The Cranberries was very, very limited as it was not a band that I followed over the years but I like many others, I’m well aware of the hits that would be played on both terrestrial and satellite radio. Actually, some of my friends who had cover bands over the years even did songs by them and that was one of the main ways that I was able to enjoy their sound. It always saddens me to add another chapter to the In Memoriam post category but this is the way that things go. We extend our deepest sympathy to Dolores’ family, band members, friends and her worldwide fans and hope that they kind find some strength during this terrible time. Thank you for gifting music with your voice Dolores, may you Rest In Peace.

Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_O%27Riordan