Public Memorial For Jill Janus (Huntress) To Be Held In West Hollywood, CA

Huntress have announced a public memorial for their late singer Jill Janus, who sadly took her life on August 14. The celebration of life will take place this Friday (August 24) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, CA. Huntress guitarist and Janus’ longtime boyfriend, Blake Meahl commented:

“Since Jill‘s departure, the amount of outreach and support from friends, fans and family has been absolutely incredible. It has been beyond heavy to see so many reminders of how she could be so talented and loved yet could feel so much pain and loneliness. Let’s get together and celebrate her life and the importance that we still have each other. Expect a lot of whiskey and grown men crying. Thank you Rafael & Roberto Mattey for the amazing artwork.”

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Huntress Guitarist Blake Meahl Pays Tribute To His Late Girlfriend & Bandmate Jill Janus: “I Will Always Carry A Piece Of You In My Heart”

Huntress guitarist Blake Meahl has written a tribute to his late girlfriend and bandmate Jill Janus, who sadly took her own life. He said the following:

“I don’t do much posting of things, and to post on something so personal and painful is extra strange but it feels necessary. Jill Janus and i spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress. The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion i have ever experienced. Baby, I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet. I miss you so much and will always carry a piece of you in my heart. See you on Aldebaran.”

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Jill Janus (Huntress) Dead At 43

Jill Janus (Huntress) has sadly passed away at the age of 43. The frontwoman’s death was the result of an apparent suicide. R.I.P.

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The band issued the following statement:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.

Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.”

Jill Janus Offers Update On Upcoming Projects Including New Huntress Album, Collaborations, Solo Work, Etc.

Jill Janus is no longer using social media, but she did check in with an update on all her upcoming projects. These range from the new Huntress album, which is expected to be released in fall 2018, her solo work, and more. You can read her full statement below.

Janus said the following:

“Creatures of Planet Earth, as many of you are aware, I broke up with the internet several months ago. Creature Cvlt formed and has been servicing all social media for myself and Huntress. Many fans have asked when will Album 4 be released, when will we tour again? We’re aiming for a Fall 2018 release and headlining tour of North America. Europe and UK touring to follow. Huntress will be back in full beast mode for festival season 2019.

In addition to Huntress, I’m fronting The Starbreakers, an all-girl heavy metal coverband with guitarist Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, We Start Wars), guitarist Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale), bassist Emily Ruvidich (Paradise Kitty, Misty Day) and drummer Lindsay Martin (We Start Wars, Glam Skanks). Next show: January 18th at The Whisky in Los Angeles.

I’m collaborating with Monte Pittman (ex-Prong guitarist and current guitarist for Madonna) and producer/sound engineer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Antrax). Our project is a life goal I’m finally close to accomplishing. I’m also composing a very exciting project with Angus Clark, lead guitarist for the Transiberian Orchestra and DareDevil Squadron. Our project will be announced early next year. And…expect a solo project that I’ve been writing absolutely on my own, which is challenging considering I’ve always relied on my Huntress bandmates as songwriting partners.

I continue to contribute my voice to various projects, including the live action movie ‘Realm of the Damned’ as commander vampire Athena, featuring David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel vocalist) and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth.

Heshette, my occult-themed jewelry line just celebrated 700 sales. So, yeah, I’ve been busy. But I’ve gotta stay busy or I get into trouble.

Those are the updates! I’m optimistic about 2018. Stay heavy. JJx”

Jill Janus (Huntress) Says She Is Retiring From Social Media

Jill Janus (Huntress) has revealed that she will no longer be using social media. She made one final post to explain her reasoning, and you can find it below:

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Dear friends, fans & foes: I will be converting my personal Facebook page into a Public Page that you can LIKE. I'll no longer have the option to add friends. This will occur very soon. In addition to the big switch, I will be retiring from all social media and will no longer be online. I have a trusted administrator to post on my behalf whilst I enjoy a real life away from the toxicity of the internet. #TEAMHUNTRESS! Fans can expect new music from Huntress and more shows from The Starbreakers and new jewelry designs from Heshette in the near future. I'll also pop over to the Huntress Fan Group occasionally to say hi to my Creatures! facebook.com/groups/huntressfanpage This change is the profound shift I've been preparing for; that I may use my time solely for the creation of new music with Huntress and a few projects yet to be announced. Those of you who are friends, hey, call me and let's hang out! JJx PS: Twenty years ago I discovered a book called The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. “…But you see, I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards.”

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Huntress Announce Three Fall Californian Shows

Huntress have announced a few fall Californian dates. These shows will take place in between the band’s new album sessions.

Tour Dates:

09/03 Los Angeles, CA – Rainbow Bar & Grill’s Backyard Bash
10/25 Los Angeles, CA – The Viper Room
10/26 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

Huntress Announce September 2016 Dates With September Mourning

Huntress will be playing some headlining dates before their upcoming tour wuth Trivium and Sabaton. The band will also be joined by special guests September Mourning.

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Tour Dates:

09/09 Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
09/10 Las Vegas, NV – The Dive Bar
09/11 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
09/13 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
09/14 St. Louis, MO – Fubar