CJ Snare, Frontman and Founder of Hard Rock Band Firehouse Has Died


Sad news as CarlC.J.” Snare the co-founder frontman and singer of the Hard Rock/ Glam Metal band Firehouse has died. He was just 64 years old. CJ had taken a leave of absence from the band in 2023 for abdominal surgery, but passed away this weekend. The news was broken by his family, and shared by the band on their social media accounts CJ had been part of the band formed in 1984 in Richmond Virginia finally signing to Epic Records in 1989 out of North Carolina. They had huge hit songs in the genre, including “Reach For The Sky,” “Treat Me Bad,” “All She Wrote,” and of course, their signature power ballads “Love Of A Lifetime,” “I Live My Life For You,” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes.” The band hadn’t had a resurgence of popularity in recent years after placing tracks in the hit movie The Wrestler, and the recent HBO superhero television series The Peacemaker starring John Cena. We send our sympathy and support out to CJ’s family and the Firehouse family as well.Continue reading


Tony Clarkin, Guitarist and Leader of Magnum, Has Died


Tony Clarkin, guitarist, chief songwriter and leader of long running UK Hard Rock band Magnum, has died. He was 77. The news of his death comes just weeks after being diagnosed with a rare and incurable spinal condition. Magnum had already canceled its previously announced spring 2024 tour. Earlier today (Tuesday, January 9),Tony’s family released the following statement: “On behalf of the family it is with profound sadness that daughter Dionne Clarkin is sharing the news of the passing of Tony Clarkin. Following a short illness, he died peacefully surrounded by his girls on Sunday 7th January 2024…” Continue reading


A Go Fund Me Campaign Has Been Launched by The Family of Late Twitching Tongues and Ghostemane Drummer Cayle Sain


Earlier this week,Twitching Tongues and Ghostemane drummer Cayle Sain died. No cause of death has been revealed so far. In the wake of his sudden passing his family launched a GoFundMe memorial fund

 

The news was originally shared in a statement from 197 Media, and confirmed by Twitching Tongues on social media. Bandmates, peers , and friends followed up by posting online tributes. With Twitching Tongues, Sain played on four recent releases including the acclaimed full-length Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred (Metal Blade, 2018). In addition to his other bands, Sain was a past member of Betrayal, Downpresser, Fuming Mouth, God’s Hate, If I Die First, Mizery, and Troncale. RIP. Continue reading


Twitching Tongues and Ghostemane Drummer Cayle Sain Has Died


According to a published report on Lambgoat.com, Twitching Tongues and Ghostemane drummer Cayle Sain has died. No cause of death has been revealed so far. The news was originally shared in a statement from 197 Media, and confirmed by Twitching Tongues on social media. Bandmates, peers , and friends followed up by posting online tributes. With Twitching Tongues, Sain played on four recent releases including the acclaimed full-length Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred (Metal Blade, 2018). In addition to his other bands, Sain was a past member of Betrayal, Downpresser, Fuming Mouth, God’s Hate, If I Die First, Mizery, and Troncale. RIP. Continue reading


Dimebag Darrell Abbott of Pantera Died 19 Years Ago Today


December 8th marks the anniversary of the death of Dimebag Darrell Lance Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan. Today is the 19th anniversary of his murder of while on stage at the former Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio. That venue has now been demolished. As we do every year on this date, we prefer to cherish Darrell’s memory and honor how he lived. Almost 20 years later no one can deny his impact as a player, songwriter, and major personality in metal. While controversial, the current world tour from the reformed version of Pantera is a tribute to Darrell and his late brother Vinnie Paul. Jam out to some classic Dimebag and Pantera tracks and raise a glass or smoke (or both) to the legend of legends on guitar! Getcha pull!
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Legendary X-Japan Bassist Heath Has Died



Hiroshi Morie (森江 博) a.k.a. Heath, the longtime bassist of X-Japan, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 55. The news was confirmed in an article by Yahoo Japan today, November 7th, 2023. Heath joined X-Japan in1992 and remained a vital meme we of the band until their breakup in 1997. He reunited with the group in 2007, performed at Coachella in 2018, and participated in their comeback single “Angel’ last July. Rest in peace, Heath.

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Cliff Burton of Metallica Passed Away 37 Years Ago Today


 

Photo used with permission from the private collection of Michael Anthony Alago.

Photo used with permission from the private collection of Michael Anthony Alago. https://www.instagram.com/michaelanthonyalago/

 

Although we cherish and honor the legacy of Metallica’s iconic classic lineup bassist Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986), we also remember today as the day he passed away 37 years ago in the now infamous bus crash in Sweden. Cliff has left an indelible mark, not only on the greatest metal band ever, but its fans worldwide. As former Ghost Cult Senior Editor Metal Mark wrote in an article in 2017 “…we will never know the full greatness that he could have achieved with the band.” In the meantime, his legacy lives on with Cliff Burton Day held this year in his hometown of Castro Valley, California, while Metallica continues to pay tribute to the music they made together, ticking off anniversaries of Cliff’s albums, and even though Cliff’s father Ray Burton has passed away, Cliff’s family continues donating Cliff’s royalties to charity. Check out these tributes to Cliff and appreciate this once in a lifetime person and talent.

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Tom Davies, Bassist of Nebula, Has Died


 

Sad news as Tom Davies, the longtime bassist for Psychedelic Stoner-Rock legends Nebula, has died. He was 48 years old. Davis lost a difficult battle with Leukemia. The news was shared by the band with a note from his family, on their socials, which you can read below. Davies joined Nebnula in 2023 and played on many EPs live albums, splits, and compilations, including four stand-out full-lengths: Apollo (2006), Heavy Psych (2009), Holy Shit (2010), and Transmission From Mothership Earth (2022). The band has been touring heavily all year and is slated to play the Heavy Chicago Festival this fall.

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