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Reflecting On The 2017 Deaths In Music

If you’ve been reading the PiercingMetal website for a while then you already know that I occasionally need to share the sad news about deaths in the entertainment world. Historically speaking, I’ve been doing them since the days when I had “PiercingMetal Musings” as a side blog that had not yet been integrated into the main site as you see now. Back then I always felt weird about doing such posts but as much as good news should be announced so should the bad stuff and as a known “voice” for the Metal Scene, I try to keep up on them when the news hits the wire. Now with this being said, there is no way possible for me to address every single one of them based on the size of the team and the time that we have so starting this year I will be doing a larger rundown of many of the names that I think you would know. Some have already been discussed in our “In Memoriam” Features, and those artists will be highlighted so you can examine the longer toast that we did. Let’s start from the beginning of the year and raise a glass to their memories one more time.

January 16, 2017: Steve Wright (66), American power pop bassist and songwriter (The Greg Kihn Band)
January 18, 2017: Mike Kellie (69), British psychedelic rock and power pop drummer (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones)
January 22, 2017: Pete Overend Watts (69), British glam rock bassist (Mott the Hoople)
January 24, 2017: Butch Trucks (69), American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers)
January 28, 2017: Geoff Nicholls (68), British rock musician and keyboardist (Black Sabbath, Quartz)
January 31, 2017: John Wetton (67), British progressive rock singer, bassist, and songwriter (Asia, King Crimson)

February 1, 2017: Robert Dahlqvist (40), Swedish alternative rock guitarist and singer (The Hellacopters, Thunder Express, Dundertåget)
February 4, 2017: Steve Lang (67), Canadian rock bassist (April Wine)
February 8, 2017: Tony Särkkä (44), Swedish black metal multi-instrumentalist
February 12, 2017: Al Jarreau (76), American jazz singer
February 13, 2017: Trish Doan (31), American heavy metal bassist (Kittie) (death announced on this date)
February 19, 2017: Larry Coryell (73), American jazz fusion guitarist
February 25, 2017: Rick Chavez, American progressive metal singer and guitarist (Drive)
February 25, 2017: Bill Paxton (61), American new wave keyboardist (Martini Ranch) and actor
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Nevermore/Sanctuary Singer Warrel Dane Has Died (1961-2017)

Earlier this morning, a promoter friend had posted a reflective word of “thanks” to former Nevermore current Sanctuary singer Warrel Dane and after some initial shock the news hit his online community of friends and associates like a steel rod to the jar. Warrel Dane had indeed passed away only a few hours earlier. The singer suffered a heart attack while in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He was 56 years of age.

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The first time that I ever heard Warrel sing was when he was in the band Sanctuary, and was the song “Future Tense” that I found being a part of a compilation cassette that a friend had given me. It was some sort of record label promotional thing and while I was hooked on the track, I never got around to finding the album nor seeing the band. The above and below photos hail from a Sanctuary appearance in 2012 when they were a reunited group. They sounded terrific for sure and it brought a lot of people back in time. It was the first of three times that I would get to see the band performing.

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Overkill & Symphony X @ Terminal 5

A team-up of titanic Metal proportions as Overkill and Symphony X share the co-headlining duties for a brief tour. They will be joined by Sanctuary so you know this night is going be a thrill ride.

Win To See Sanctuary In NYC In NYC On 7/10/2013

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The Scoop: The band Sanctuary were Metal leaders in their Seattle location and were delivering a type of Metal that was closely in line with their regional counterparts Queensryche. They were the part of a new underground Metal scene that was growing stronger by the day but they would soon disband with their singer forming Nevermore. The idea of a Metal world with Sanctuary in it once again was revisited in 2010 and now we find this reunion continuing and new shows and music being worked on. They’ll be hitting NYC and thanks to the fine folks at Livenation, I am proud to announce that some PiercingMetal fans will be a part of the show on the house. Read further on how to participate.
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Sanctuary @ Gramercy Theatre (1/11/2012)

Artist: Sanctuary
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Cypher Seer, Gothic Knights, Sanitarius
Date: 1/11/2012
Label: Independent Artist

You will have to admit that when it comes to the topic of band comebacks or reunions, that you can never really be too sure about the rationale behind them in terms of why or when they might actually happen. Some come to fruition when you least expect it and leave you saying “wow, never saw this one happening” and I had to say that this was my thought process when it was announced that singer Warrel Dane had reactivated his legacy band Sanctuary. The Seattle based Power Metal band was active in the middle eighties and disbanded in 1991 when Grunge Rock was taking over their home base. The singer would form Nevermore with some of the other Sanctuary members and keep their pursuit of Metal strong for many years but the early part of 2011 appeared to be a difficult one in the life of the band and after some tour cancellations and members resigning, Dane announced the band was on a for the foreseeable future hiatus. Even with this event happening I didn’t ever see a Sanctuary reunion happening because in all honestly while popular among some underground circles there was not a whole lot of buzz around them or a hopeful return. The show would hit the Gramercy Theatre this evening and bring along a host of local area opening acts. This is how the night took place for those who didn’t attend.
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