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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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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

Ginger Baker @ B.B. King Blues Club

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker will perform for two nights as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. He’ll be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth & Abass Dodoo.

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Ginger Baker @ B.B. King Blues Club

Legendary drummer Ginger Baker will perform for two nights as a part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. He’ll be joined by Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth & Abass Dodoo.

bb kings, bb king blues club and grill

“Classic Artists” by Cream

Artist: Cream
Title: “Classic Artists”
Label: VH1 Classics
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Blues Rock
Rating: 3.5/5

It is almost hard to believe that one of the most iconic bands in modern music history only did their thing for two years but such was the case when it came to The Cream. Formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968, this legendary Blues Rock band featured the talents of Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums). Together they defined the way that generations would appreciate and deliver Rock music and would be hailed as one of the first-ever Rock Super Groups as each of the members were well respected in a number of musical circles of the time. Eric Clapton, formerly of The Yardbirds, was the most known of the three and the idea of such players joining forces together was simply unheard of. Today the term is used far too often and the musical output less than memorable on most counts. This DVD is loaded with some great facts about the bands formation and what led to it with the details coming to life via numerous reflective interviews with the band members themselves as well as respected journalists David Fricke (Rolling Stone) and Chris Welch (Melody Maker). Welch’s contributions are most notable for he is also the author of the bands biography “Strange Brew”. The viewer hears from Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Jim Marshall (yes from the amps) and many, many more and this all makes it a thoroughly interesting documentary to sit through. Most of the band interview footage is recent and that is fun to observe as they recollect their unique history some forty years later about their beginnings, their breakup and the pending 2005 reunion tour that was set to occur when the DVD was being filmed. It was great to see how candid they spoke of the times in the past and how they felt of things that happened later in life. Each member is interviewed separately so you tend to get a fresh perspective on each inquiry that way.
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