Former Forbidden & Nevermore Guitarist Tim Calvert Dead At 52

Former Forbidden and Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert has sadly passed away at the age of 52. His death follows a battle with an aggressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). R.I.P.

Calvert’s sister, Vicky Calvert-Hawkins said the following:

“Heaven has gained another 😇 angel, my big bro, Tim Calvert. Tim passed away peacefully, Monday morning, after a long battle with ALS (Tim chose to keep his illness private). Myself, and my husband Bret, (along with several wonderful doctors, and hospice providers) are so honored to have been able to be Tim’s care giver, in our home, for the last 5 months. We are so incredibly thankful to have had this time to spend with Tim. November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018. Note the dash “-“ in the dates. Life is all about how you live your dash “-“….. And you, my dearest Timothy, did one hell of a bad ass, bang up job, living your dash to its fullest. Well done! Incredible musician 🤘🏼🎸, airline Captain 👨🏻‍✈️ ✈️ , world traveler 🌎 , lover of nature 🐞🌲 and animals 🐶🦇🐱, faithful Oakland Raiders 🏈 & Oakland A’s ⚾️ fan, comedian 😆, and supreme master guru of WW II military/aviation history and memorabilia. I love you, big bro❤️ Cheers, until I see you again 😘🍺”

Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero also commented:

“Beyond sorrow. We just found out Tim Calvert has passed. Some have known he was battling an aggressive form of ALS for a while now. It was all very private as per his wishes.

The greatest songwriter, musician and guitarist I have ever had the pleasure or creating music with has left the building. Tim’s genius will live on forever in the 3 Forbidden records he helped create with us.


Forbidden bassist Matt Camacho added:

“The great Tim Calvert passed away quietly this morning with his family present. It’s so like Tim to request we keep it quiet because he was such a humble soul, I believe he just didn’t want anyone to make a fuss over him.

Everyone who knows Tim is a better person for it. He was the kinda guy who had no enemy and was extremely talented at everything he did. Always really funny, the kind of guy who always had the witty come back and could talk Shit with the best of them, which when living on a tour bus was essential to be able to put band members in their place.

When he joined Forbidden I barely knew how to play, and Bostaph and Locicero didn’t have allot of patience to show me the songs. I would spend many of hours as Tim walked me through all of the painstaking details and putting in his own time making sure I wouldn’t get booted from the band.

Not allot of people know this about Tim, but after he stepped away from Nevermore who was an even bigger band than Forbidden, he went on to become a Pilot and became a Captain at United….what a bad ass Mother Fucker….dude left a legacy of incredible guitar playing and became an expert in a field people spend their whole life trying to achieve.

What a fine job you did Tim Calvert…..Life well lived!!!!!

The Good ones Die Way fucking to Young….This one is gonna be tough to get through”

Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis also commented:

“Truly a sad day today to learn about the passing of my dear friend and fellow bandmate Tim Calvert. Not just an incredible guitarist and songwriter, but one who followed his love and passion for aviation to become an airline captain. To this day I’m blown away by all of his accomplishments. ALS is a horrible disease and took my friend away far too soon. May you Rest In Peace Tim.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Marilyn Manson, Jonathan Davis, & Melvins Set For Great Summer Smokeout

Marilyn Manson, Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Melvins have all been booked for 99.7 The Blitz’s Great Summer Smokeout. That concert will take place on August 4 at Express Live! in Columbus, OH.

Tobias Forge Says Deaths Of Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Etc. Affected Ghost’s New Album

During an interview for Metal Hammer‘s cover story, Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia/Papa Emeritus) revealed that Ghost’s new album “Prequelle” (out June 1) was partly influenced by the deaths of various musicians in recent years. He said the following about that:

“There were a few things that I wanted to get in ‘Prequelle‘ that I don’t think had been fleshed out yet, and had very little to do with what came before. This is a record themed with death and the impending end – even if it might just be our own – and in recent years we have seen the passing of many of our elder idols.

Ronnie James Dio was one, but I think that, especially when Lemmy [Kilmister, of Motörhead] passed away, and [David] Bowie and Prince so close to that, it affected me a lot. It feels like our parents are passing.

I think we took people like Lemmy for granted – he was going to sit at our table forever, but now, there is a chair that is loudly empty. It’s definitely affected me way more than I thought it would.

It’s made me want to be a little bit more attentive when it comes to trying to make sure that you’re making the best of the opportunities that you have with your seniors. That is something that has affected me and this record a lot.”

Pitchshifter Announce “” 20th Anniversary UK Tour

Pitchshifter have announced a ““ 20th anniversary UK tour. Here’s the dates:

11/20 Manchester, UK – Academy 3 (with Earthtone9)
11/21 Bristol, UK – Thekla (with Earthtone9)
11/22 London, UK – The Garage (with Earthtone9)
11/22 London, UK – The Garage
11/24 Nottingham, UK – Rock City (with Earthtone9 and The Blueprint)

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett Cover Accept’s “Balls To The Wall” In Leipzig, Germany

During Metallica’s April 30 show in Leipzig, Germany, Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett performed a live cover of Accept’s “Balls To The Wall.” You can see footage of that below:

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) Recruits Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares For Upcoming European Tour

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) has revealed that Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares will be joining him on his upcoming European tour. This news comes after he previously recruited Crowbar‘s Kirk Windstein for the trek. The group are expected to perform Jasta and Kingdom Of Sorrow tracks, as well as Fear Factory, Crowbar, etc. covers. Uncured will serve as support on the headlining dates. Here’s their current schedule:

08/09 Josefov, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/10 Torgau, GER – Endless Summer Fest
08/11 Ypres, BEL – Ieper Fest
08/12 Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Festival
08/17 Dinkelsbuhl, GER – Summer Breeze Open Air
08/18 Hamburg, GER – Elb Riot Festival

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SECT Announce May Canadian Shows

SECT (Earth Crisis, ex-Cursed, etc.) have announced some May Canadian shows. Here’s the dates:

05/25 Hamilton, ON – 468 James St. N
05/26 Ottawa, ON – Makerspace North
05/27 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques

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Godsmack Announce European/UK Tour

Godsmack have announced a European/UK tour. The band will be out in support of their recently released album “When Legends Rise.“

Tour Dates:

10/29 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset
10/30 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
11/01 Copenhagen, DEN – The Grey Hall
11/02 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/04 Birmingham, UK – Institute
11/05 Manchester, UK – Ritz
11/07 London, UK – Forum
11/08 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/10 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
11/11 Berlin, GER – Heimathafen
11/12 Cologne, GER – Live Music Hall
11/14 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
11/16 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/18 Milan, ITA – Magazzini Generalli
11/19 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
11/20 Vienna, AUT – Arena
11/22 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/24 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra Music

Foo Fighters Joined Onstage By John Travolta & Billy Idol

During their April 29 set at Welcome To Rockville, Foo Fighters were joined onstage by John Travolta and Billy Idol. Travolta performed a partial cover of the “Grease” song “You’re The One That I Want”, while Idol peformed a cover of John Lennon‘s “Gimmie Some Truth.”