Entries tagged with: RIP
photo: Chris Squire with Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, "Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire."RIP Chris. You'll be missed and your music will live on.
Yes confirmed Squire's death on their official Facebook page. "It's with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty," the band wrote in a statement. [Rolling Stone]
Yes's upcoming tour is scheduled to hit the NYC-area this August. Watch a video of Chris playing "Close To The Edge" with the band in 2013, below...
Moody was on his way to becoming a sociologist when he fell into acting. He got his first taste of show business aged 16 when he worked as a wages clerk at Elstree studios. He spent the second world war in the RAF before going on to study at the London School of Economics. Years later, he remembered: "While there, I got dragged into taking part in a student revue and ended up writing, and appearing in, a few sketches. In short, I got the stage bug."In addition to his role as Fagin, Moody appeared in many other movies and television shows and, at one point, turned down the role of Dr. Who. Rest in peace, Ron Moody. Watch his "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" number from Oliver! below...
He reluctantly auditioned for the role in Lionel Bart's musical that made him a star: "At first, I never wanted to do it. They told me there was this musical of Oliver Twist, so I went to see the Alec Guinness film, which I found to be so anti-semitic as to be unbearable.
"But Bart is as Jewish as I am and we both felt an obligation to get Fagin away from a viciously racial stereotype and instead make him what he really is - a crazy old Father Christmas gone wrong."
Today is full of sad news. Here's some more from the WWE:
WWE is deeply saddened that Virgil Runnels, aka "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes -- WWE Hall of Famer, three-time NWA Champion and one of the most captivating and charismatic figures in sports entertainment history -- passed away today at the age of 69.Rest in Peace, Dusty.
Runnels became a hero to fans around the world thanks to his work ethic, his impassioned interviews and his indomitable spirit. Moreover, Runnels was a dedicated father to WWE Superstars Goldust (Dustin Runnels) and Stardust (Cody Runnels), a caring husband and a creative visionary who helped shape the landscape of WWE long after his in-ring career had ended.
WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Runnels' family, friends and colleagues.
Horror icon, occasional metal musician, and all-around cool dude Christopher Lee died on Sunday (6/7) in a London hospital. He was 93. From Billboard:
According to media reports, Lee died on Sunday morning, June 7 at Westminster Hospital in London after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure. The Guardian reported that his wife, former Danish model and painter Gitte Kroencke, decided to release the news days later in order to inform family members first. The couple had been married since 1961.Lee was a staple of Hammer Films' horror films, played the (thrice) titular James Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun, freaked audiences out in The Wicker Man, and had roles in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and the Star Wars prequels (as Count Dooku, he was probably the least lame thing in those). But it wasn't until late in life that his love of opera, history AND heavy metal came to the fore, working with Rhapsody of Fire and Manowar before releasing his first symphonic metal LP, Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross, in 2010. You may also remember his 2012 metal Christmas single. Rest in peace, Christopher Lee. You led a long, awesome life.
Stream Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross via Rdio and watch the video for Lee's "The Bloody Verdict of Verden," below.
photo: Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
The alto saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday morning in Manhattan. He was 85.One of jazz's greatest and most influential saxophonists, Ornette Coleman has sadly passed away at age 85. Much of his music (like the seminal 1959 album, The Shape of Jazz to Come) broke new ground for the genre, and his reach also extended outside of jazz, influencing rock artists such as Lou Reed.
The cause was cardiac arrest, a representative of the family said.
Mr. Coleman widened the options in jazz, and helped change its course. Partly through his example in the late 1950s and early '60s, jazz became less beholden to the rules of harmony and rhythm, and gained more distance from the American songbook repertory. His own music, then and later, became a new form of highly informed folk song: deceptively simple melodies for small groups with an intuitive, collective language, and a strategy for playing without preconceived chord sequences. [NY Times]
Rest in peace Ornette. You'll be missed.
Ornette Coleman's last public appearance was the big celebration in Brooklyn's Prospect Park last year that also included Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Flea and more. More pictures (like the one above) here. Listen to some Ornette Coleman below...
photo: BB King at BB King's in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.Blues legend BB King had been in and out of the hospital, and had not long ago cancelled a tour due to illness, but as recently as last month he was saying he was feeling better. Now, sadly, the great and forever influential guitarist has died. A post on his Facebook says he passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 PM last night (5/14).
He was 89.
His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration. [CNN]
Rest in peace BB. You'll be missed and won't be forgotten.
Watch a few live videos below...
Veteran hard rock/heavy metal bassist Craig Gruber died yesterday (5/5), after battling prostate cancer, Blabbermouth reports. He was 63.
Gruber was a member of Elf, one of the early bands of Ronnie James Dio (who we lost in 2010), playing on their second album, 1974's Carolina County Ball, and their third and final album, 1975's Trying to Burn the Sun. That same year, he and Dio hooked up with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to record the first Rainbow album (then known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow). Gruber (and everyone else except Dio) was fired by Blackmore from Rainbow after that album, but Gruber and Dio played together again in Black Sabbath during Geezer Butler's brief departure from that band. Following that, he played in other projects including Bible Black, Ozz and more.
Rest in peace, Craig. You'll be missed.
Listen to some Elf and Rainbow songs Craig was on, below...
Ben E King, the singer best known for the hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76, according to his agent.Rest in peace, Ben. You'll be missed.
King started his career in the late 1950s with The Drifters, singing on hits including There Goes My Baby and Save The Last Dance For Me.
After going solo, he hit the US top five with Stand By Me in 1961.
The track returned to the charts in the 1980s, reaching No 1 in the UK when the song was used as the theme of the coming-of-age film of the same name starring River Phoenix and Corey Feldman.
The song entered the US Billboard 100 nine times over the years - King's version did so twice while covers by artists like John Lennon and Spyder Turner featured seven times. [The Guardian]
Watch Ben sing "Stand By Me" in 1961 here and listen to the song below...
Ely, who died Tuesday at age 71, had simply walked into a tiny Portland recording studio with his band one day in 1963 to cut an instrumental version of a song that had been a hit on Pacific Northwest jukeboxes -- one that kids could dance to.The KIngsmen's Jack Ely, who sang on their best known song -- their 1963 cover of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" -- passed away in his home in Oregon yesterday, after a long battle with illness. He was 71.
"Right out of his mouth, my father would say, 'We were initially just going to record the song as an instrumental, and at the last minute I decided I'd sing it," Ely's son, Sean Ely, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
When it came time to do that, however, Ely discovered the sound engineer had raised the studio's only microphone several feet above his head. Then he placed Ely in the middle of his fellow musicians, all in an effort to create a better "live feel" for the recording.
The result, Ely would say over the years, was that he had to stand on his toes, lean his head back and shout as loudly as he could just to be heard over the drums and guitars.
It might not have helped, either, that the 20-year-old musician was wearing braces at the time, although Ely maintained that the real problem was trying to sing with his head tilted back at a 45-degree angle.
In any case, the end result was that about the only words anyone could clearly understand were contained in the song's first two lines: "Louie Louie. Oh no. We gotta go." [Associated Press]
Rest in peace Jack.
Watch The Kingsmen play "Louie Louie" below...
Sad news here at ESP-Disk'. Our beloved founder, Bernard Stollman, passed away last night. Since last year he had been battling colon cancer that had spread to his spine (he hadn't wanted it announced), and had also lately had pneumonia and low blood oxygen. He was 85.The label has released albums by Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, The Fugs, William Burroughs, Pearls Before Swine, The Holy Modal Rounders, Erica Pomerance and more.
There will be a memorial service in NYC next month. We will pass along the details after it's arranged.
Rest in peace Bernard.
Percy Sledge, the voice behind R&B classic "When a Man Loves a Woman" and other hits, has died at his Baton Rouge, LA home, reports Billboard. He was 73:
During the mid-sixties, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse while touring to get his music career off the ground. "When a Man Loves a Woman," his first song recorded under contract, was a massive smash and would endure as his signature song. The song was co-written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, his bandmates in a group called The Esquires Combo. It was the only song the duo wrote together, and the first Muscle Shoals single to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.Rest in peace, Percy. Your music lives on. Stream his greatest hits via Rdio below...
His follow-up, "Warm and Tender Love," reached No. 17 on the Hot 100, and he continued to score Hot 100 hits as the '60s came to a close. - [Billboard]
Sad news from the NYC nightlife world: DJ Jess (aka Jess Marquis aka Jesse Immler), who organized, promoted, and DJ'd at parties like TRASH!, Motherfucker, MisShapes, Rated X, Tiswas and more, died earlier this week. From Next Magazine:
"He was always very upbeat and positive, and gave a lot of people their first breaks at Trash," DJ Mikey Pop says. "He literally gave me my first nightlife gig. People start in dive bars or shitty clubs. I started at Webster Hall. I'm forever grateful for that."Igor from Driven By Boredom adds:
The L Magazine and Citysearch.com dubbed Marquis the city's "Best DJ" for three years strong, and Paper Magazine, The Village Voice, The L Magazine, and more have named his events "Best Party."
"His parties were alternative crowds, infused with gay, straight, lesbian, burlesque, male and female go-gos, drag queens, drag kings... He brought literally every walk of nightlife together in one party," Pop continues.
Jess' legendary party Trash was my favorite party in New York of all time. It was one of the first parties I went to and when it was at Rififi it was as good as any weekly party could ever get. Jess also threw Rated X which was probably the most insanely fun and debaucherous party outside of Motherfucker which of course Jess also DJd. His Thursday night party "in the seedy basement of Lit", NC-17, was one of the best placls to get people naked.His parties were also responsible for lots of Last Night's Party and Cobra Snake content. Jess also dabbled in nightlife photography himself, and was in the band We Are Americana. Before that he was in Smiths cover band The Salford Lads, as Andy Shaw points out in another moving tribute.
Honestly, now that I think about it Jess' parties are responsible for a massive amount of my sex life.
DJ Jess was also a resident DJ at Webster Hall and did a lot of remix work recently. His last release was a reworked Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" which you can stream below.
His last, non-promotional tweet happened on April 6th. Here it is:
What's this from? "Death is our business. Business is good."— Jess Marquis (@djjessmarquis) April 6, 2015
Rest in peace, Jess. NYC won't be the same without you.
UPDATE: Jess's life will be celebrated at Webster Hall on 4/16. Flyer for the tribute, below...
Barron Machat, co-founder and CEO of experimental music label Hippos In Tanks, has sadly passed away. He was 27.
Tri Angle Records broke the news this morning on Twitter, writing "I hate twitter RIPs in general, but Barron Machat's passing has really upset me beyond words. We came up together." Several artists with releases on Hippos In Tanks, including Arca, Laurel Halo and Autre Ne Veut have tweeted about him too:
head hung low, just found out......... Barron Machat RIP; one of the gentlest souls I'd ever met. can't believe this.— Arca (@arca1000000) April 9, 2015
Woke up by a phone call from a friend about the news of Barron's passing. He was a passionate and kind person. In shock, too young to go.— LAUREL HALO (@LaurelHalo) April 9, 2015
Been in shock since I woke up about this. You with the insatiable heart, B.— Autre Ne Veut (@AutreNV) April 9, 2015
Rest in peace, Barron.
photo: Yes in NJ in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog legends Yes are teaming up with pop rockers Toto for a summer tour of the US that runs from early August through mid-September.
The tour kicks off on August 7 in Connecticut, and then comes NYC-area venue New Jersey PAC on August 8 in Newark, Atlantic City's Borgata on August 9, and Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 11. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/10) at 10 AM.
In sadder news, earlier this year Toto bassist Mike Porcaro (who played in the band from the mid-'80s to the late '00s) passed away, following a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
List of all Yes/Toto dates below...
You may remember the web series Breakfast at Sulimay's where senior citizens critiqued current bands. Stereogum reports the sad news that Joe Walker, who provided many of the show's best zingers, died on March 22 at age 90. Joe was a WWII veteran (who fought in the Battle of the Bulge) who later worked for the City of Philadelphia and was an actor as well. Joe, you'll be missed.
Watch a Scrapple TV tribute to Joe and a few classic Breakfast at Sulimay's, below...
Folk legend John Renbourn sadly passed away at his home in Hawick, Scotland, The Guardian reports. He was 70.
In addition to releasing a large amount of solo albums from 1965 through 2011, John was a founding member of the great British folk-jazz band Pentangle, along with Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox, and Bert Jansch (who we lost in 2011). John contributed guitar and vocals to the band, as well as other stringed instruments including sitar and banjo.
Rest in peace, John. You'll be missed and your contributions to music won't be forgotten.
Listen to Pentangle's arrangement of the traditional "Cruel Sister," the title track to their 1970 epic, below...
Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away. A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage. His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show. My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved. I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.Twisted Sister drummer and Staten Island native AJ Pero died Friday, March 20 of an apparent heart attack. He was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when his bandmates unsuccessfully tried to awaken him. He was then taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead just after 11 AM. He was 55.
Rest in peace, AJ, you'll be missed. Watch a few Twisted Sister videos and read tributes from the rest of the band, below...
Brown, center top, with The Left Banke
Michael Brown, keyboardist for '60s-era baroque pop band The Left Banke, died Thursday morning (3/19) at age 65 -- the news was posted by bassist Tom Finn on The Left Banke's official Facebook fan page. Cause of death has not been shared. Born Michael Lookofsky, he was one of The Left Banke's founding members and wrote or co-wrote most of their best-known songs, including "Walk Away Renee," "Pretty Ballerina," "She May Call You Up Tonight," and "There's Something on My Mind" (which Jens Lekman sampled for "Black Cab"). His use of harpsichord and clavinet was also key to the band's signature sound.
Rest in peace, Michael. Your music lives on. Stream some of The Left Banke's songs below.
Like Stereogum who is reporting the sad news, BrooklynVegan has a long history with and affection for Brooklyn-based, online music seller Insound (who became part of Warner Music Group in 2008). Really sorry to hear they're leaving us. We don't see an official announcement yet, but Stereogum says:
After 16 years of serving independent music fans and obsessives, the online music and merch retailer and venerable indie institution Insound will be shutting down at the end of the month. Founded in 1999, Insound was around for the rise of the internet and the vinyl revival, and they had a hand in distributing and promoting some of the biggest indie acts of the 2000s (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, etc.). They also had a lot of interesting ideas and promotions -- a record of the month club, limited edition Insound-funded Tour Support EPs...It was a good run.
UPDATE (3/19): Insound confirmed the news today:
And so dada Ali, bert camembert, the dingo Virgin, divided alien and his other 12 selves prepare to pass up the oily way and back to the planet of love. And I rejoice and give thanks," he wrote. "Thanks to you dear dear daevid for introducing me to my family of magick brothers and mystic sisters, for revealing the mysteries, you were the master builder but now have made us all the master builders. As the eternal wheel turns we will continue your message of love and pass it around. We are all one, we are all gong. Rest well my friend, float off on our ocean of love. The gong vibration will forever sound and its vibration will always lift and enhance. You have left such a beautiful legacy and we will make sure it forever shines in our children and their children. Now is the happiest time of yr life. Blessed be.Prog/psych legend Daevid Allen has passed away at 77 years old, as confirmed by the above message posted to his son Orlando's Facebook page (via Guardian). He announced in February that he had six months to live, after the cancer he was previously treated for spread to his lungs.
Daevid formed the Canterbury Scene prog pioneers Soft Machine in 1966 with Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers (who died in 2013) and Mike Ratledge, though he left before the release of their first album. Following his departure, he formed the more psych/space-leaning band Gong, which he fronted (besides intermittent breakups) up through his death. Their last album was 2014's I See You. Throughout this career he also put out numerous solo albums, and was a member of other groups including University of Errors, an early incarnation of Bill Laswell's band Material (known as New York Gong when Daevid was in it), and more.
Rest in peace Daevid. You'll be missed and your contributions to music won't be forgotten.
Listen to some Gong classics below...
by Bill Pearis
Albert Maysles, second right, with brother David, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, 1969
Mr. Maysles (pronounced MAY-zuls) departed from documentary conventions by not interviewing his films' subjects. As he explained in an interview with The New York Times in 1994, "Making a film isn't finding the answer to a question; it's trying to capture life as it is."Filmmaker and verite pioneer Albert Maysles died Thursday night (3/5) at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. With his brother David, Maysles has made some of the best and best-known documentaries of the 50 years. If you've never seen Gimme Shelter or Grey Gardens you should rectify that immediately. Those and the Maysles Brothers' Salesman are available through the Criterion Collection and can be streamed on Hulu Plus. You can also watch Albert's documentary about "The Gates," the art project that turned much of Central Park orange in February 2005, which one of many films the Maysles made about the works of famed artists Christo & Jean-Claude.
The Maysles brothers made several well-regarded documentaries in the 1960s, but it was "Gimme Shelter" (1970), about the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour, that brought them widespread attention. It included a scene of a fan being stabbed to death at the group's concert in Altamont, Calif., and the critical admiration for the film was at least partly countered by concerns that it was exploiting that violence.
But the film captured and held the public's attention for decades; it was the basis of a musical of the same title, for which both Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson won Tony Awards in 2007 after it had transferred to Broadway from Playwrights Horizons. A 2009 HBO film version won six Emmy Awards, including those for best television movie and best lead actress (Jessica Lange). - [New York Times]
Albert was currently finishing up work on his latest film, In Transit. David Maysles died in 1987. Rest in peace, Albert. You will be missed.
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.Well that is sad news for Trekkies, Trekkers, Federation members, Klingons, Romulans and just about everyone else. In addition to his role on Star Trek (which he reprised for JJ Abrams' reboot), Leonard Nimoy was also a castmember of Mission: Impossible, and was a memorable murderer on the 1973 Columbo episode, "A Stitch in Crime." He was also a director, having helmed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as well as 3 Men and a Baby. He also, like his pal William Shatner, made a few albums in the late '60s, like 1967's groovy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, which you can stream -- along with a few other songs and the "video" for his song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," below.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
His artistic pursuits -- poetry, photography and music in addition to acting -- ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: "Live long and prosper" (from the Vulcan "Dif-tor heh smusma"). [NY Times]
He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy, you will be missed. RIP.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky, whose series on the "West Memphis Three" cast doubt on the murder convictions of three Arkansas teenagers, catalyzing a movement that led to their release, died Saturday, longtime collaborator Joe Berlinger said. [CNN]---
Metallica recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their groundbreaking documentary Some Kind of Monster and sadly, not long after, they are now mourning the death of one of the movie's directors -- Bruce Sinofsky. [LoudWire]---
Bruce Sinofsky, the Montclair-based filmmaker, died at home on Saturday from complications of diabates. He was 58.Rest in Peace Bruce.
He was a very good filmmaker. He was also, much more importantly, a good guy, one I interviewed a number of times over the last 20 years or so, and - although I can't pretend to close friendship - one I am still very sad to lose.
Sinofsky, who was born in Boston, studied filmmaking at NYU, then got a job working for the revered documentarians Albert and David Maysles. [NJ.com}
Watch/listen to some interviews with Bruce, below...
Harris Wittels on 'Parks & Rec'
Sad news from the comedy world. Harris Wittels, who was a writer, producer and occasional actor on Parks and Recreation, was found dead Thursday (2/19) in his Los Angeles apartment of a suspected drug overdose. Wittels, who also worked on East Bound & Down, Comedy Bang Bang, The Sarah Silverman Show and coined the term "humblebrag," was open about his struggles with addiction. Parks and Recreation star Amy Pohler said a few words last night while at a Variety-sponsored charity event:
Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction. I'm sharing it with you because life and death live so close together, and we walk that fine line everyday. So, I don't really feel like telling any jokes. I'm kind of sad, and it's really great to be here tonight and listen to all of you, and listen to the great work that you do and be reminded why we live in this bizarre planet called 'Hollywood.' It's very strange.Harris, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.
Sixties pop star Lesley Gore died this morning (2/16) at age 68 after a battle with lung cancer. Discovered by Quincy Jones, the Brooklyn-born singer scored a #1 hit with her first single "It's My Party," and made it into the Top 10 with her next three singles. Lesley, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.
Watch Gore's performance on classic '60s concert film The T.A.M.I Show, below...