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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

Drumming Legend Ginger Baker Has Died (1939-2019)

It seems like it was only a little more than a week ago when we shared across our socials that drumming legend Ginger Baker had been admitted to hospital in what sounded like life-threatening circumstances. Sadly, I am here to share the news that the musician has passed away. The statement from his family on his Official Facebook was a simple one.

“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”

Born Peter Edward Baker, “Ginger” was without peer on the drums. Though I never ever managed to catch Ginger performing outside of video clips and hearing countless tunes on the radio across my life, I always enjoyed the level of creativity that he put forward. Growing up in music at the time that I did, we were fortunate enough to have numerous Classic Rock radio stations (and it was just called Rock at the time by the way). On these stations the music of Cream was a mainstay. Baker was 80 years old and had been in ill-health for a number of years and was no longer performing as result. He was one of the founders of Cream and more about his life is worthwhile reading on his Official Wiki which is linked below. Someone recently said to me that all of our youthful legends seem to be leaving and yeah, he was correct about this for sure. On behalf of the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we wish his family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere of condolences during this time. Thank you for your achievements in music Mr. Baker and for being one of drummings most memorable figures. May you Rest In Peace.

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

Breaking: Ric Ocasek of The Cars Has Passed Away (1944-2019)

It was only a couple of days ago that we shared the news about the passing of Rock singer Eddie Money, and now we must add to the sadness and share the news about the passing of the great Ric Ocasek of the legendary New Wave Rock band The Cars. Reports cite that the NYPD was called to investigate an “unresponsive male” in his apartment by Paulina Poritzkova (his estranged wife). It would end up being Ric and he was pronounced dead on the scene. The musician was 75 years of age. No COD is available at this early time but when more information comes to light I will surely update this memorial posting.

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Ric Ocasek by Jim Spellman for Getty Images 2019

“Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery. Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together. I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then I realized that during the night he had peacefully passed on. We appreciate the great outpouring of love. We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private…from the Ocasek Family”
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One Ticket To Paradise; The Legendary Eddie Money Has Died (1949-2019)

The news has been circulating for the better part of an hour and with sources such as Variety and TMZ being the first to broadcast we must add our voice to the mix and announce to our readers that legendary Rock singer Eddie Money has passed away. The singer was 70 years of age and passed away due to esophageal cancer. The Money family statement is shared with you below:

“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

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Eddie Money by David Allocca

Money was recently featured on the TMZ program where he discussed his being diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer and while he seemed optimistic about the illness I guess it was all smoke and mirrors for the public because here we are not too many weeks later and he has passed away. Money and his family were the stars of an AXS Network reality show called “Real Money”. Over the course of Money’s career he released “12” studio albums which spawned something like “25” singles. There were also a bevy of compilation packages and live releases on top of these. Over the years, I always enjoyed the music of Eddie Money and this was especially the case back in his heyday because you’d often hear his music on conventional Rock radio of the time. Stations like WNEW and WPLJ were never shy about playing his signature numbers like “Two Tickets To Paradise”, “Baby Hold On” and my very favorite song from his catalog “I Think I’m In Love”. I’ve added to clips of tracks I was most passionate about for you to remember better times. More about Eddie’s storied career can be learned via the Wiki entry that is at the close of this reflection.

Goodnight and thank you for the music Mr. Money. You were one of a kind and seemed like a fun, and cool person to know. May your passage to Valhalla be an easy one. On behalf of the Media Command HQ at PiercingMetal we wish your family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere condolences. Rest In Peace.

Official Website: http://www.eddiemoney.com
Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Money

Tengger Cavalry Founder Nature Ganganbaigal Has Died (2019)

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The news was being circulated late last night when the folks over at the MetalSucks Mansion announced the news that Tengger Cavalry front man Nature Ganganbaigal aka Nature GB had passed away. The band shared the news with them directly and the rest of us have been sharing it along so more people were aware if they were fans of the musician. No cause of death was revealed and I am unaware of Nature’s age other than he was likely in his thirties.

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The Statement:
“It is with deep sadness and shock that we must share the news that Nature has passed away. Nature’s greatest goal in life was the unite people of all backgrounds through community and through music. He was also an advocate for mental health, and encouraged everyone from friends to total strangers to persist through their struggles. Though we have lost a dear friend and a great artists, we know that his music will live on and continue to help us find our common ground and find our strength despite adversity. Please respect the privacy of Nature’s family during his painful time. May the Eternal Blue Sky find him at peace.”
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