In Memoriam – Eric Carr

21 years ago today, Kiss drummer Eric Carr passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 41. Here are some details from his passing…

Birth Name: Paul Charles Caravello

Born: July 20, 1950 – Brookyln, New York

Died: November 24, 1991 – New York, New York, of cancer


Albums:
1981 Kiss – Music From The Elder
1982 Kiss – Killers
1982 Kiss – Creatures Of The Night
1983 Kiss – Lick It Up
1984 Wendy O. Williams – WOW
1984 Kiss – Animalize
1985 Kiss – Asylum
1987 Kiss – Crazy Nights
1988 Kiss – Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
1989 Kiss – Hot In The Shade
2000 Eric Carr – Rockology
Obituary Details:
Carr died at a Manhattan hospital of complications from cancer, his publicist said Monday. He was 41.
A year ago, Carr’s parents lived in Pine Bush. It could not be learned yesterday if they still live there.
Carr, who joined the band in 1980, died Sunday at Bellevue Hospital, said his spokeswoman, Carol Kaye of Kayos Productions in Manhattan. She said he had been hospitalized since September after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
Carr had been diagnosed as having a malignant heart tumor in April. It was removed but doctors discovered cancerous growth in his lungs. He underwent chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in June.
“Everything looked all right after the treatments,” said Kaye. “He was in remission. He went to the MTV awards in September – that ended up being his last public appearance.”
Rest In Peace my metal bruthuh, you are missed.

Deep Purples Jon Lord Passes Away at Age 71

Late last year we posted about Deep Purples Jon Lord being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the same that afflicted Ronnie James Dio. It looks like cancer wins again as apparently Jon passed away today in the London Clinic at the age of 71. Much has been made of Deep Purple as a huge influence on rock and metal and I think quite a bit was made about Richie Blackmore. But for me the thing that separated Deep Purple from other bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath was Jon Lord’s keyboard work. Whether it was with organs or piano, or keyboards themselves you could always tell it was a Deep Purple track based on his sound. And it paved the way for keys to be an integral part of many bands like Rush and Van Halen later on. My condolences go out to the family and friends of Jon Lord not to mention the scores of fans. After the jump is some of the distinct Deep Purple songs that featured Jon Lord’s playing and some of my favorite tunes.
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Two Things: Happy 32nd Anniversary Iron Maiden and Rest In Peace Peter Steele

32 years ago Iron Maiden released their debut self-titled album. They didn’t know it at the time (or maybe they did), but this was the beginning of an era that would go strong for many years, even through the Blaze Bayley years. While the self-titled is not a favorite for most people, it’s no denying that it was the beginning of an evolutionary kick for the genre.

And on a sadder note, Peter Steele of Type O Negative and Carnivor died this day, two years ago. I really don’t feel it’s┬ánecessarily to sit here and elaborate on his history. If you don’t know it, then google it. if you do, then show some respect. Rest in peace, Peter Steele.

On This Date 10 Years Ago Layne Staley Passed Away

Today is a sad day not just because of the news of the passing of Jim Marshall but also because of the reminder that this is the 10th anniversary of the passing of Alice in Chains vocalist, Layne Staley. Often criminally overshadowed by the early passing of Kurt Cobain, Layne’s passing was in my mind even more tragic. All it took was one bad choice to indulge in drugs of the heinous type to ruin the life of one of the most talented front man in rock music. Fortunately after years of healing Alice in Chains was able to reform and continue on but the legacy of Layne Staley can never be forgotten.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the life and talent of Layne then put up the full MTV Unplugged concert from 1996.This show would not only be the last televised show the band would perform for many years to come but also signaled the swan song of the Seattle ‘grunge’ movement. The opening song ‘Nutshell’ is a sad melancholic portent of what was really happening with Layne at the time and indeed the whole show is hard to watch now knowing what we know due to the sickness Layne was experiencing at the time of this. But it’s also a time capsule of what made Alice in Chains such a great band at the time with the vocals of Layne and the harmonizing with Jerry Cantrell. So without further ado here is the video for Alice in Chains Unplugged if you want to go back and reminisce.

Marshall Amps Founder Jim Marshall Passes Away At Age 88

Any metal band in the 80’s on up knew they were successful if they could afford Marshall stacks. Those bad boys are what gives the music the power and volume metal heads crave. Now that’s not to say there weren’t other genres of rock music that thrived due to the use of Marshall amps. But whenever would be metal musicians would talk gear the question was always asked what type of stacks were used and if the other guy did not say Marshalls it was a bit disappointing. So it’s with a bit of sadness today to hear that Marshall founder, Jim Marshall passed away at the age of 88. R.I.P. the Father of Loud. Metal would not have been the same without your innovations.

Ronnie Montrose Passes Away At Age 64

Another legend has left us. Ronnie Montrose has lost his battle with prostate cancer and has passed at age 64. I’m not nearly as versed on Ronnie’s music as I probably should be but there is no denying the impact he left on the rock world and the legions of guitar players that were influenced by him. Most famously his self named band helped launch Sammy Hagar into superstardom but it was probably the band he formed,Gamma, that garnered the most respect for his range of guitar playing styles. Though Ronnie never truly got as famous as many of his peers he kept busy, insanely busy, writing and recording and touring all while session playing with other reknown artists in blues, rock, and jazz. I now really wish I had seen him live when his band (featuring Dave Ellefson at the time on bass) came to the casino I was working at for a show. R.I.P Ronnie and I hope you’re having fun on Space Station No. 5. Here is the official quote from Ronnie’s official website.

Ronnie Montrose ~ 1947-2012

A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose’s 64th birthday. He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn’t take any of our love for granted.

He passed today. He’d battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life. We miss him already, but we’re glad to have shared with him while we could.

After the jump is some music to honor the great Ronnie Montrose.
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Speaking Of Van Halen, Here Is A Mash Up Of John Lennon's Imagine and VH's Classic 'Jump'

This is nothing new; it’s been around for a year and a half or so. I don’t know if Rob has posted it before, but I stumbled upon it a few nights ago. I figured with the latest string of Van Halen news, this wouldn’t hurt. The mash-up was done by “Mighty Mike”, who has done various good mash-ups.

I used to like John Lennon’s classic song, Imagine. After awhile, when you grow a bit older and learn that this is just some kind of hippie pipe dream, the song tends to lose any real felling that it might have once had. Now, take the lyrics out and add David Lee Roth’s vocals from Jump and you have one killer mash-up. Then you start listening to the song and think that it could be a pro-suicide song to follow up songs like R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, Collective Soul’d “The World I Know”, or even Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper.” Whatever way you look at it, it’s good for a listen or even a snicker or two.

Speaking Of Van Halen, Here Is A Mash Up Of John Lennon’s Imagine and VH’s Classic ‘Jump’

This is nothing new; it’s been around for a year and a half or so. I don’t know if Rob has posted it before, but I stumbled upon it a few nights ago. I figured with the latest string of Van Halen news, this wouldn’t hurt. The mash-up was done by “Mighty Mike”, who has done various good mash-ups.

I used to like John Lennon’s classic song, Imagine. After awhile, when you grow a bit older and learn that this is just some kind of hippie pipe dream, the song tends to lose any real felling that it might have once had. Now, take the lyrics out and add David Lee Roth’s vocals from Jump and you have one killer mash-up. Then you start listening to the song and think that it could be a pro-suicide song to follow up songs like R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, Collective Soul’d “The World I Know”, or even Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper.” Whatever way you look at it, it’s good for a listen or even a snicker or two.

Woods Of Ypres – Travelling Alone

Another Woods Of Ypres single has been released from the upcoming release, Grey Skies & Electric Light. You can also hear more tracks that have leaked after the fold. I really wish they had not, but I suppose you cannot stop the inevitable. As every song and the eventual release of the album gets closer, it makes David’s passing suck just that much more. Once again, R.I.P. David Gold and condolences to the Gold family. The following statement was released by David Gold’s sister, Marie.

“Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all who wrote me letters for David’s memorial. They were all put on display for his friends and family to view during visitation. Everyone really enjoyed reading them, and it offered an opportunity for us to see just how influential he was. The funeral home was set up as a concert hall with his drum set, four guitars, amps, and a Woods of Ypres merch table. If you had sent me an e-mail regarding merch, the concert, or documentary, please be patient as we address each one personally. Thank you for your continued support.”

Marie & the Gold family”

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