Good morning my friends and loyal readers, it seems that I must start this snowy NYC Monday on a down note as Keith Flint, lead singer of The Prodigy has passed away at age 49.
The BBC reported this news only a short time ago and its sad confirmation can be found on the bands Twitter feed. While no cause of death was initially cited in the BBC announcement of the news, it’s been noted that the groups founder Liam Howlett had confirmed via his Instagram that his death was a suicide. He is quoted as saying, “The news is true, I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend.
It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. pic.twitter.com/nQ3Ictjj7t
Now, truth be told, we don’t really follow the Electronic Music scene here at the Metal Media Command HQ, but its without question that we know the bands most seminal track “Firestarter”. It was the kind of number that one would find played at any genres performance across the PA system and it remains an incendiary, and exciting track to this very day. I’ve embedded the official video for you all to watch Keith in action in better times.
We extend the deepest of condolences to Keith’s family, friends, band mates and worldwide fans at this time as they come to terms with the loss. Thank you Keith for your innovations and accomplishments in this genre of music, you clearly pushed the envelope on what could be done with it, may you Rest In Peace.
PSA: We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Comic book readers around the world are shocked and deeply saddened at the news that the legendary Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee had passed away earlier today. The industry icon was 95 years old and at the time of our memorial composition the COD is not clear. Stan had been in questionable health over the last few months and while 95 is clearly a fantastic bit of time to have spent here on Earth, we are still sad since he is the reason that so many of our childhood imaginations were so vivid and inspiring. Speaking personally I was a big fan for many, many years and have been reading Marvel Comics stories since the early 70’s. I guess its safe to consider me one of the diehards and it was all thanks to Stan Lee who brought these characters to my regular reading times. Before I continue along, these images were all snapped by me at the NY Comic Con with some of them being from back in 2011 and the more recent ones from 2016.
There is so much to say about the late great Stan Lee but I will leave you to read all of that in his Official Wikipedia entry which is linked at the close of this toast. You all should know how he co-founded Marvel Comics and was the creator of such characters like Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The X-Men, Incredible Hulk, Mighty Thor, The Avengers, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Black Panther, The Inhumans and so very many more. Most of my childhood allowance went to the purchase of these monthly issues and while I don’t have the super duper rare ones I do have a lot of the rest. Most of you are probably in the same boat if you were longtime collectors. Thanks to Stan Lee my creative worlds were expanded and presented right before my eyes. It was amazing, fantastic and incredible and by the way, that’s the title of an illustrated memoir to Stan’s life which I highly recommend. I’ll link to it down below so you can look into a copy. Continue reading Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Has Died (1922-2018)→
Earlier today we learned of the passing of We Came as Romans clean-singer, Kyle Pavone. At the time of this announcement, there has been no COD cited – The singer was 28 years old and the bands official statement on this loss is below. It was shared across their social networks.
“Today, music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans. Kyle’s tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief. Will I be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes?”
Sadly, we never got to witness the band in action for one reason or another but the loss as such a young age still makes me rather sad. Let’s all keep his family and friends in mind during this time and play their music louder than ever. Rest In Peace Kyle.
The news has been circulating for about an hour now and with the bands official statement having been released, I must share the sad news that Huntress singer Jill Janus has passed away of an apparent suicide. The bands words on this loss follow the image below.
The Band Statement:
“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.
Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood. Continue reading Huntress Singer Jill Janus Has Passed Away (1975-2018)→
The entertainment world had been keeping their ears open since the folks at TMZ reported earlier this week that legendary singer Aretha Franklin was in dire condition and that her passing was only a matter of time. It was just a short while ago that this news became true as the Queen Of Soul has died at age 76 of cancer. There was no other voice like Aretha’s and we had to step outside of our normal Heavy Music zone to take off our hats and whisper a little prayer.
According to the reports that I have read and watched over the week, Aretha’s cancer had really taken its toll on her these last few days and that the doctors had called in all of her closest relatives to be around her for the time that was coming soon. Though I will not line out all the details of Aretha’s life since all of those storied details can be found on her Wikipedia entry. I will say however that she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and has sold in excess of 75 million records over the course of her career. Amazing. The Heaven’s now have one of history’s greatest singers in their command and the choirs up in that great beyond will surely be louder and reaching more hearts than ever before. I never managed to see Aretha in concert but saw plenty of video footage. She must have been something else to experience live. Did you ever catch her? Please chime in with your comments about shows or albums that you enjoyed most as I’d love to hear them. Thank you for the decades of inspiring music Aretha, may you Rest In Peace.