Public Memorial Announced For The Late Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis)

A public memorial for the late Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) will be held at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, TX on March 9. As previously reported, the singer sadly passed away on January 25 after battling esophageal cancer for close to two years. He was 56 years old.

The following statement was issued:

“We will come together to celebrate and remember a great man who touched the hearts of so many people in this world. We will show our love and support for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, his stepson Lyric, and Bruce’s amazing mother Glenda. We will celebrate in the most beautiful way possible by honoring Bruce’s final wishes to make his memorial just the way he wanted it. Additional details on special presentations, guest musicians, and other surprises are still being worked out. Stay tuned and You Know Damn Well!”

Here’s all the details for the memorial:

March 9, 2019 at Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas

Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Memorial: 7:00 p.m.

Live performances requested by Bruce:

Iron Jaw
Rabid Flesh Eaters

MCs:

Debbie Sexxton of 97.1 KEGL
“Thrashin” Alan of KNON Hardtime Radio

Eulogies by:

Scott Shelby (Warbeast)
Thrashin’ Alan
Casey Orr (GWAR)
Harden Harrison (ex-Rigor Mortis)

With this news, Warbeast have also announced that they will be releasing a box set featuring live audio from their first show and live footage from their final show with Corbitt. The members of the band have since shared new tributes for the frontman as well:

Scott Shelby: “Bruce and I have been friends since the late ’80s and were early pioneers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metal scene and later joined forces to form Warbeast. Bruce and I worked together as a team, or as he would say the dynamic duo. We both had a vision and our own skills to make it work and that’s how we did everything that you do in a band and it worked out great for us.

Unfortunately, you don’t notice all the great things in a person until they die and what my friend did for Texas metal and our scene and branching out to the rest of the world is a huge loss in itself let alone all he did for others in need; doing many benefit gigs for various people… everything he and we did was done in a big style with flawless production!

I could go on and on but all our peers in the business know what I’m talking about. There is a huge hole in my life, in our scene, and in the metal industry. He was a great man. I miss you, Bruce. We had so much unfinished business. Rest in Beast.”

Joey “Blue” Gonzalez: “Bruce Corbitt was my bandmate one of my best friends. I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help and guidance. He will always be with me on and off stage. We all will continue to share the music he created so the world will never forget. Corbitt Forever.”

Drew Shoup: “I was 17 years old and it was 2012. I was still in high school at a small ski resort town in Colorado called Crested Butte. There was absolutely no metal there and when Down/Warbeast came to Denver (which was five hours away) I knew I had to go. I hadn’t ever seen either band; I just knew of them through following Housecore.

That was the night that completely changed my life. After experiencing it I knew that THAT was what I wanted to do. Warbeast was so high energy and instantly became my favorite band. I was obsessed. Fast forward two years later and they had lost their guitar player. This was my chance.

I moved all the way from Colorado down to DFW just to try out and join this band. It was so surreal jamming along with these dudes that I idolized (and still do). Bruce brought in a 19-year-old kid and pretty much a complete stranger to join his band. I know he had so many other choices in this town that he could’ve picked but he gave me a chance and had faith in me.

Bruce made me feel so welcome in the Dallas scene and made me feel like a part of a family. He truly cared about people and he was a great man. He was always doing benefit shows in the scene and always involved. Watching him struggle and suffer in pain was the worst thing I’ve experienced yet.

Nobody deserves to go through that. Especially someone like Bruce. Playing alongside him and working with him was absolutely surreal and a dream come true. He was such a great bandmate, brother, father, son, singer, friend, and person in general. I would do anything to play one more show with him. I feel for his wife Jeanna, his daughter Chyna, and his stepson Lyric. Bruce is immortal now through his music in Warbeast and Rigor Mortis. He will be missed by everyone. Rest In Peace, Batman.”

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Dead At 56

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has sadly passed away at the age of 56 after battling esophageal cancer for close to two years. His wife Jeanna commented:

“This is the bravest man I will ever know! He fought so hard and instead of 3 months, he ended up with 21 of them. I will love you forever for many reasons but most of all because of the way you loved me. ❤❤RIP Bruce Corbitt YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN❤❤”

You can help out Corbitt’s family with medical bills HERE.

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Offers Update From Hospice

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has offered an update on his battle with esophageal cancer. The singer, who has now been admitted into a hospice, says he is on a 24-hour morphine drip and that he is hoping to end things on his own terms. Despite this, he said that he does plan to keep fighting and that he is also trying to finish a new book to raise money for his family. This sad news comes after Corbitt was previously showing positive signs following a clinical trial. You can help him out with medical bills HERE.

[via The PRP]

Warbeast To Play Full Set With Frontman Bruce Corbitt In October

Warbeast will be playing their first full set with frontman Bruce Corbitt in 18 months on October 20 at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX. Corbitt is still battling esophageal cancer, but he did receive some positive news back in June and has tried to keep everyone updated on his fight through Facebook. You can help him out with medical bills by donating via fundrazr.com. In other news, the band are reportedly planning to record a new EP as well.

[via The PRP]

Bruce Corbitt To Return To The Stage With Warbeast This Weekend

Bruce Corbitt recently revealed that he is moving closer towards remission in his battle against esophageal cancer and now there’s some more good news. The frontman has announced that he will be returning to the stage with Warbeast for a three-song set at this year’s Ft. Worth Weekly Awards on July 8.

Corbitt said the following:

“Greetings everyone! For those that haven’t already heard, Warbeast was asked to reunite to play a 3-song set at this year’s Ft. Worth Weekly Awards. Warbeast was chosen as part of their 2018 Hall of Fame Class. So I’ve decided to give it a shot for such a special occasion. Jono Garrett will be playing drums for us because Joey is out on tour.

The awards ceremony will be next Sunday evening, July 8th at the legendary Ridglea Theater. It is open to the public for $5. I think it’s something like 6:00 to 10:00 and our award and performance might be early.

Anyway, I’m really excited and thankful to the Ft. Worth Weekly for showing us this much appreciation. I’m proud that I’m even feeling good enough right now to be able to attempt it. But I do know my limitations and I will be careful.

All I know is I get to experience that feeling of being on stage again… and that’s why I keep on fighting. Because good things do finally happen if you can just hang in there long enough. You know damn well!”

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Receives More Positive News In Cancer Battle

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has shared a new video update on his battle with esophageal cancer and in the clip he revealed that recent treatments have led to the disease leaving lymph nodes that were previously affected making remission more possible. You can watch Corbitt discuss that below:

[via The PRP]

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) Receives Positive News In Cancer Battle

Bruce Corbitt (Warbeast, Rigor Mortis) has shared a new video update on his battle with esophageal cancer and in the clip he revealed that his blood counts have miraculously returned to normal. On top of that, he has also been approved for an injection that will help him fight the disease. You can watch Corbitt discuss that below:

In other news, Corbitt and his wife Jeanna recently renewed their vows at a public event, during which his daughter read a poem about her father’s cancer battle. Footage of that is available below:

[via The PRP]