We left off yesterday halfway through the year of 2011 with our Tribute To The Fallen of 2011 Part 1. This half we will cover the metal lives lost from July through present day. Hopefully we won’t see anyone else pass within the next few days. Let’s pick up where we left off.
Michael “Würzel” Burston played guitar for the legendary Motörhead between 1984 and 1995. He contributed to the albums No Remorse, Orgasmatron, Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1916, March ör Die, Bastards, and Sacrifice. Both Burston and current Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell auditioned at the same and where both hired. After Sacrifice was released, Burston left the band and Motörhead has been a three piece ever since. Würzel died on July 9th, 2011 at the age of 61, due to ventricular fibrillation.
Andrew “Mac” McDermott was the vocalist for UK prog-metal band Threashold from 1998 to 2007, replacing original vocalist Damian Wilson, who would later return in 2007 after McDermott’s departure. “Mac” contributed to 5 albums during his run with Threshold. Andrew McDermott died of kidney failure on August 3rd, 2011. he was 45 years old.
Jani Lane‘s death sadly came as little surprise as he had been on quite a downward spiral, battling alcoholism. For awhile we would see a very heavy and unhealthy looking Jani in videos and photos from shows. In January 2008 Jane reunited with Warrant with a fresh press photo, showing a very healthy looking Jani Lane. Soon after though, viral videos started making waves on the internet, showing an intoxicated-looking Lane on stage, out of key and not performing very well at all. September of the same year, it was announced that Jani Lane was once again out of the band, being replaced by a very competent singer in Robert Mason, formerly of Lynch Mob. Lane would continue doing his own thing, until August 11, 2011 when the 47 year old was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California. The official cause of death was acute alcohol poisoning.
Mostly unknown on this side of the pond, Lifelover was formed by Jonas “B” Bergqvist in 2005. They released four full length albums and one Ep before they disbanded due to “B’s” death on September 9th, 2011. It was reported that “B” died in his sleep and no cause of death has been released.
Gwar has had quite a revolving line-up in the last 27 years since their formation in 1984. Cory Smoot was the 6th and final person to play the roll of Flattus Maximus, playing lead guitars. Smoot died in his sleep on the evening of November 2nd from a preexisting coronary disease. Gwar frontman Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) decided to put the character to rest after Smoot’s passing and they even played an unmasked tribute to him on tour after his death. Corey Smoot was only 34.
Most all deaths of metal musicians are a shock, but the one that perhaps shocked me the most was the recent passing of Woods of Ypres founder, David Gold. Since 2009 when I first discovered the band, I had been following David Gold’s every move. I found Woods IV to be an amazing listen and while I didn’t initially grasp the previous albums as much as I did, due to be a bit different than Woods IV, they grew on me quite quickly. With anticipation of a new album, I found his Northern Ontario Black Metal Preservation Society singles to be very enjoyable as well as the the 7″ singles “You Were The Light” and “Falling Apart”. I recently went on vacation to see family in Upstate NY and on the morning of December 23rd, I was checking Facebook from my phone when I saw the Kuwaiti band Bonevolent post that David Gold had died. I simply sat up in bed and said to myself “What the fuck?”. Rob wrote a more personal post after getting the news a few hours later due to time differences. Rob had been in contact with David not too long before and was waiting on an interview response that we’ll never see. It is very sad that metal lost David, more-so a loss for his family. It is also very unfortunate that he will not get to see the release of his last opus, Grey Skies & Electric Lights. David Gold died in a car accident in Ontario, Canada on December 22nd, 2011. He was 31. Here is the first single released from Woods V.