Posted in metal | music on December 24, 2012

Mike Scaccia

Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died on Saturday night at the age of 47. Scaccia was performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt, when he collapsed. Shortly afterwards, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Scaccia was born in Babylon, New York, on July 14th, 1965, and formed thrash metallists Rigor Mortis in 1983. Six years later, the guitarist was invited by Al Jourgensen to join Ministry. The first full-length Ministry studio recording to feature Scaccia was the group's most commercially successful release, 1992's Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs, which spawned such industrial metal classics as "N.W.O." and "Jesus Built My Hotrod," and was supported by an appearance on Lollapalooza that same year.

Additionally, Scaccia appeared on recordings by a host of Ministry offshoot bands, including the Revolting Cocks, Lard, and Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters. The most recent Ministry album that Scaccia appeared on was this year's Relapse. [Rolling Stone]

Guitarist Mike Scaccia of Ministry, Rigor Mortis, and other bands passed away on Saturday (12/22) while performing on stage with Rigor Mortis. He reportedly asked the club to turn the strobe lights off before collapsing from a seizure.

Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen wrote on the band's facebook:

I just lost my lil' brother and my best friend - the 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered," the note reads, in part. "Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family - and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp - kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career. . . . Everything!
Rest in peace, Mike. You'll be missed. Some videos below...


Ministry - "N.W.O."

Ministry - "Just One Fix"

Ministry - "Jesus Built My Hotrod"



Comments (19)

Seems like a really nice guy and super talented. Rest in peace.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2012 10:24 PM

Strobe lights can cause seizures, yet they are becoming more common at shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2012 11:36 AM

Rest in peace.

Posted by AUTOBOSS | December 26, 2012 3:14 AM

To see him live with Ministy was an amazing lesson in repetitive precision. It's not easy to play the same riff over and over for 10 minutes straight perfectly each time , not many musicians can do that. RIP Scaccia, you were truly innovative in your style of playing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 9:44 AM

rip zeke

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 10:14 AM

"I only get to pick on, sausage :( I'll try really hard this time."

I heard your BOY Mandingo was looking for you, but he's got Dave Hill right now at the moment :)

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:04 PM

Hands down the greatest metal guitarist I have ever seen play live. And yes, he was innovative for the incredibly intricate and precise riff/songs he helped to write and was a master for being able to repeat, faithfully, what he had written, flawlessly, outside of the studio.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:32 PM

^ Whatever you say, sausage.

Whatever. You. Say.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 4:49 PM

Dawn B attendun thuh Saint Vitus glory hole an' drivin', sausages.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:05 PM

It's cawed bein' cock/methane drunk an' it's dan-geer-us. Ask poor ol' B-eye (i.e. 4:04). He'll tell U.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:06 PM

Don't end up like ol' Skeeter up thar.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 5:06 PM

Are Eye Pee

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 6:11 PM

The irony of anyone here calling others gay after they took the time to save the image of an ascii cock is absolutely spectacular.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 8:37 PM

4:49- Still. A. Closet. Case.

Posted by Anonymous | December 26, 2012 8:39 PM

"Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp "

Does he mean life's better now???

Posted by StripperSnatchRemains | December 27, 2012 2:40 AM

Welcome to the Grumble.

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2012 11:17 PM

This sausage just overdosed sucking too much glory hole dick, that's all.

R.I.P. Skeeter

Posted by Anonymous | December 29, 2012 6:45 AM

hey guys, I'm really going out on a limb here, but I would venture to say that Eugene might have been joking around just a little bit. I could be wrong though.

Posted by Download Google Chrome 2013 | April 5, 2013 2:54 PM

at only 47. This is extremely awful.

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