Quiet Riot Drummer Frankie Banali Passes Away

Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has sadly passed away following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.

Frankie’s wife Regina issued the following statement:

“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”

“Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Pancan.org, Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.”

[via Loudwire]

Gared O’Donnell (Planes Mistaken For Stars) Diagnosed With Esophageal Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Planes Mistaken For Stars frontman Gared O’Donnell has sadly been diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. You can help him out by donating via GoFundMe.

The band’s tour manager Emily Francis commented:

“I apologize in advance for those of you that know who I am posting about finding out this way but there are too many to call and time is of the essence. Please do not reach out to this person unless he reaches out to you as this is all overwhelming right now and he and his family are putting together the pieces trying to figure out all the details and the next steps.

It guts me and breaks my heart to say but over the last couple weeks my brother and dear friend Gared O’Donnell found out he has stage 3 Esophagus Cancer. As of now the cancer is inoperable and he is going to go through the steps of chemo and radiation but they are still researching the best options.

Gared and his family are also working on finding resources that might offer saving his voice, which many of you know is one of his true loves with singing in his band Planes Mistaken for Stars. This is a huge blow to him and his family but they are taking it head on / day by day as Gared does and he is going to fight the fight.

Some of you know, some of you may not know but Gared and Planes Mistaken for Stars are the reason I am in the music industry. I was a shy girl in college trying to make friends and I met Planes at a basement show in Richmond, Virginia at the Strike Anywhere house.

I was so shy I was too nervous to talk to anybody so I just hung in my corner and watched the world pass. Then a gal named Brandy came up and complimented me on something and made me feel welcomed. She said she was on tour with Planes and pointed over to a long haired, tattooed guy sitting in the shadows saying he was part of the band / the singer. Little did I know this man would help change my life forever and for the better.

All of the band welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I belonged somewhere immediately. They came through a few times and I would book shows for them and one of the times they convinced me to hop in my vehicle and follow them to the next show. Long and an amazing story short I didn’t stop going on the road with them until about 2008ish.

Gared and I grew very close over the years really seeing the world. I saw things that nobody will ever see in their lives. I have experienced things nobody will believe me if I told them. I know things about Gared that nobody would ever know and he knows about me that nobody would know too.

He is my big brother and no matter how things are or where we are in our lives, he will always have my back. We had our good times and we had our really fucking hard times. Tour managing the band was not the easiest of tasks but Gared, along with the rest of the band, taught me how to not take shit and stand up for what matters. The shit we saw you could write a whole series of novels on and that is even an understatement.

After the many years of my big brother love, I came out of my shell and started to see the world for what it was. I saw life with a different set of lenses. I was pushed to never stop searching for the edge of time or to never stop letting the good times roll. Before becoming part of the family, I remember hearing End Me in Richmond for the first time.

That song was so powerful and spoke to me in so many ways. THIS IS YOUR DOCUMENT YOUR LAST DANCE, SO FUCK YOUR STANDING STILL. Gared helped push me to never stand still. He pushed me to love everybody and everything in a whole different way. He taught me that we only live once so grab life by the balls and push to do what you love no matter what.

If you know me and love me, you will understand that this means the world to me for you to help out my big brother Gared. He is a pain in the ass (he knows that) but I love him for being that pain in the ass. If I never met him, I would not be here in a lot of your lives at the capacity I am

I would probably be working a graphic design job somewhere with A LOT less life experiences. I am reaching out because I need your help to help my brother. He not only changed my life, but has touched so many and he needs support now more than ever.

As you all may know, medical treatment for anything in our country is not cheap. Nor are the flights, hotels, time off work, etc. Gared did not want me to do this at first but I feel we all need to stand up with him and help him fight this fight. We who know Gared love him with all of our hearts and now is the time we have his back and show our love and support because that is what family and the music community does.

I am asking you all with the most humble of hearts to donate to this Gofundme and also share so we can raise as much as we can. I know times are rough for a lot of us due to the pandemic but every little bit can help.

Whatever you can do, we will be so grateful.. Also – if you have any great resources from your experiences, please let me know and I will be more than happy to pass it on to him and his family. Even if you don’t know him, please consider donating as this could be any one of us and we all have to stick together during the tough times.

I will keep you posted with any news I hear and again please respect the privacy of the family at this time. Love you all and please keep Gared and his family in your thoughts.”

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) Opens Up About His Battle With Cancer

As previously reported, LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Now, the frontman has further discussed his battle with the disease during an interview with Metal Hammer.

Petrov said the following:

“A couple of months ago. I felt a lump in my solar plexus. And I was, like, ‘OK, I’ll ignore it.’ But then it started to hurt, so I went to the doctor, and they X-rayed it quickly and said, ‘You have to go to the specialist.’ That was weird. You can’t imagine what it feels like. Your whole body goes warm. It’s, like, ‘Fucking hell.’”

He continued after being asked if doctors will be able to treat it since he previously said it was incurable:

“That’s what they’re hoping for. I will find out when I meet my doctor, who is the best doctor when it comes to this particular cancer. Being young, the doctor said there’s hopefully a way to control it so it doesn’t spread, or maybe even make it smaller.”

He also talked a bit about the lifestyle changes he has made since getting diagnosed:

“The first day I found out, I quit smoking, quit drinking. I haven’t done either in a couple of months. I’ve gone over to the other side. It feels great! I can smell cigarettes from a hundred yards: ‘Oh shit, there’s somebody smoking.’ It makes me want to puke now.”

Petrov also discussed the chemotherapy he has been undergoing:

“It’s very, very hard stuff. It’s not water they’re putting in you. You’re very, very weak. You get all these pills filled with cortisones [a steroid for strength], and you can’t sleep. Pills for nausea as well. But if you take a sleeping pill, then it works against it.

I didn’t sleep at all last night. I waited until my local store opened at 8am, then put some clothes on and slowly walked there. It’s a mile but I had to sit down three times to rest. Your body gets so unimaginably weak. But like I say, I’m a positive person.”

He also added the following about his mental health:

“I’m a really positive person, but sometimes you get really depressed, of course. But I have so many good friends that call me, visit me. We sit outside – distanced, of course. My doctor actually ordered me to have cigars and rum. He said, ‘That’s about life quality.’ Not a lot of rum, just a taste. Same with cigars. But it helps.”

You can help Petrov out by donating HERE.

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) Diagnosed With Cancer

LG Petrov (Entombed A.D.) has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable bile duct cancer. You can help him out by donating via GoFundMe.

Petrov said the following:

“I’ve been hit with uncureable cancer (gallvägscancer in Swedish), and have been battling it for some time now. It can’t be removed but the doctors are trying to control it with chemo therapy. Life takes its weird turns…

To help a fellow metalhead in need in these difficult times, feel free to donate here!”

The band also commented:

“Sad news.. LG Petrov has been struck by cancer and he is undergoing chemo treatment to try and control it. Our thoughts and and strength goes out to him.
If you want to support him In these hard times, click on the link and feel free to donate 🖤 http://gofundme.com/f/support-petrov

#fuckcancer #fightforlifeandnetal”

Failure Frontman Ken Andrews Says Drummer Kelli Scott Is “Recovering Well From His Cancer Surgery”

Failure frontman Ken Andrews has offered an update on drummer Kelli Scott’s battle with colon cancer. He said the following in a new video that he launched for his creative and recording techniques:

“I’m happy to report that Kelli Scott, the drummer of the band Failure, is totally recovering well from his cancer surgery. So in my world, everything’s very upside down with schedules and what we can do, but we’re all healthy so that’s the main thing.”

Scott himself previously commented on his illness earlier this year:

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[via The PRP]

Maryland Deathfest Postponed To 2021

The 2020 Maryland Deathfest has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on May 27-30, 2021 in Baltimore, MD.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Maryland Deathfest XVIII has been rescheduled!

The new dates for MDF XVIII are May 27-30, 2021.

As mentioned in previous posts, the goal was to retain at least 90% of the line-up, so we’re happy to say that this has been accomplished despite the incredibly short notice. As with every edition of MDF, we were really looking forward to this line-up and put a lot of time, energy and money into it, so we couldn’t fathom watching it all fall apart. By rescheduling to the same weekend next year, we were able to keep it all from falling apart.

Rescheduling the event to any other weekend in the year would have been much more challenging for us to overcome financially, and the line-up wouldn’t have looked anything like it does now. We needed more breathing space to overcome all of this, so rescheduling to next May was the only solution to give the festival a legitimate chance to stay alive.

As of now, there are only 2 bands, Cadaver and Necrophobic, that still need to give us a final answer about their availability to play on the new dates. We will save a space for both bands until we receive confirmation that they can play or not. If any of them can’t play, they will replaced. We’ll keep you updated on this in the coming weeks.

Death Strike and Prostitute Disfigurement are the only 2 bands that definitely can’t commit to the new dates, so replacements for them will be announced soon.

The rest of the line-up remains exactly the same, including day of show for all bands.

The pre-fest party on Wednesday at the Ottobar has also been rescheduled with the exact same line-up. The new date for the pre-fest is Wednesday, May 26th 2021.

All tickets remain valid for the new dates!

If you can hold on to your ticket for 2021, there is no better way to help us through this situation!

It is somewhat of a disaster for us to process refunds right now, keep the line-up pretty much identical, and have very few funds coming in for months to come. We aren’t making this situation all about our own challenges and understand that this pandemic is making it tough for many of you, but we do need to find a proper balance to handle immediate refund requests and not end up bankrupt at the same time. We will be able to process a fair amount of refunds now, but if the requests are excessive, we will need a bit more time to catch up and offset our losses before everyone can be made whole. We will work with everyone who writes, but there’s only so much we can handle in the immediate future.

If you absolutely cannot attend the new dates, you can request a refund by sending a message to our Facebook page or by e-mailing mdftickets@gmail.com

For those that were planning on getting tickets but didn’t because of the uncertainty over the last month, we will make tickets for MDF XVIII available again in 1-2 weeks. These sales will surely help us through this difficult time.

It feels pretty surreal that we just had to post this news. Of course it’s unfortunate that we all have to wait a year for this to finally transpire, but this decision will give MDF a much better chance to survive for years to come.

We hope to see you at MDF XVIII on the new dates!
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Asthma Castle
Acid Witch
Coffins
Cough
Frizzi 2 Fulci (Fabio Frizzi in Concert. A Tribute to Lucio Fulci)
Warmask

Thursday, May 27th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Funerus
Limbsplitter
Putrid Pile
Skeletal Remains
Suffocation
+1 TBA

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Blaze of Perdition
Bloodbath
Graveyard
Massacre
Monstrosity
Onslaught
Panzerfaust
Phlebotomized
Spite

Friday, May 28th 2021
@ Soundstage:

ACxDC
Antichrist
At War
Blood Feast
Cloud Rat
Fistula
Fuck the Facts
Negative Approach
No/Mas
Vio-lence

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Cancer
Cerebral Rot
Dismember
Imprecation
Impure
Nifelheim
Novembers Doom
Vircolac
+2 TBA

Saturday, May 29th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Backslider
Cadaveric Incubator
Flesh Parade
Haemorrhage
Holy Cost
Impaled
Malignant Altar
Napalm Raid
Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench
Skitsystem
Throaat

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Rams Head Live:

Archgoat
Dark Fortress
Demilich
Necrofier
Nocturnus AD
Sacrilegia
Sacramentum
Valkyrja
+1 TBA

Sunday, May 30th 2021
@ Soundstage:

Birdflesh
Butcher ABC
Exhorder
Galvanizer
General Surgery
Nunslaughter
Shock Narcotic
Warfuck
Whoresnation
Zombie Assault”

Pete Kowalsky (Remembering Never, Etc.) Battling Colon Cancer

Pete Kowalsky (Remembering Never, Ether Coven, etc.) has revealed that he is sadly battling stage 3 colon cancer. You can help him out with medical bills by donating via GoFundMe.

The following statement was issued:

“Pete was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma- Colon Cancer- Stage 3.

On December 26th, Pete went to the ER because he was having pain in the lower right side of his abdomen on and off since mid November. He had gone to a doctor earlier that week and was told that he had appendicitis, but it had not yet burst.

He waited until after Christmas, and then returned to the hospital without insurance. They then did a CT scan that revealed it had burst, so he was admitted for an appendectomy.

Since it had burst, it was a messy surgery. His abdomen was full of infection and and mucous. It took 5 days in the hospital to get his white blood cell count to normal.

A week after returning home, Pete received a call from the surgeon stating that the pathology report came back that showed his appendix tested positive for cancer, Adenocarcinoma. The oncologist reviewed the report, and advised Pete to schedule another surgery as soon as possible, since the cancer in his appendix may have spread throughout his body and since he was given an official diagnosis of colon cancer.

His colonoscopy after the appendectomy came back immaculate, which gave us hope that the cancer did not spread. However, after talking to the surgeon, we found that he has true appendix cancer, which is far more aggressive than colon cancer, and very rare.

Last Tuesday, he was admitted for surgery to check his lymph nodes and clean out anything that might have been left behind from his appendectomy.

During surgery, another tumor was found pressed against his bowels, which required removal of half of his small intestine and part of his colon. They advised him that there was an enormous amount of cancer found in his body, and labeled him as having Stage 3 Colon cancer.

In two weeks, Pete will start chemotherapy. Both intravenously and through pill form to try to kill microscopic cancer cells that could not be removed, as well as a small mass that was found on his lung that hasn’t been tested yet. We are hoping that with treatment, he will be completely cancer free. They gave him a 40% chance of the cancer returning.

Pete was advised to stay on bed rest for 3 weeks following this surgery. Anyone that knows him, knows that he can’t stop, won’t stop.

We started this fundraiser against his will, since we knew he wouldn’t want to ask anyone for any type of help. The facts are that his insurance doesn’t kick in for another month, so he’s going to have crazy medical bills from multiple surgeries. He also needs time off of work while he’s going though chemo, whether he believes it or not, and his bills still have to get paid through this tough time. I am going to link the funds directly to him.

Pete is our family for life, and we would do just about anything to make sure he’s ok and taken care of. Im asking for donations to allow him to relax and recover on his journey to cancer-free.

Thank you to every donor!

Love,
Erika, Pete, Desi, and Krista. <3″

[via The PRP]

Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passes Away

Legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a three and a half year battle with brain cancer. He was 67-years-old.

The band commented:

“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma).

We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time.

Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.

Rest in peace brother.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020”

Anders Odden (Satyricon, Cadaver) Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

Anders Odden (Satyricon, Cadaver) has revealed that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The musician has already undergone chemotherapy and is also scheduled to undergo surgery on January 6.

Odden said the following:

“I wanted to wait to tell you all about my condition until my surgery was done, but then I got this video clip. On my musical hero Lemmy’s, death date (28.12.2015) my friend Hank Von Hell is in Sweden raising money for the cancer cause with Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee. Getting this video was very touching and made me wanna share it with you to raise money for cancer research.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer the 3rd of October 2019. Since then I have done chemotherapy to shrink the tumor down so I can undergo surgery.

The surgery date is set to the 6th of January 2020. The doctors have told me that everything will go as planed and that I will get rid of this cancer. It’s a tough journey, but I am ready. Have a happy new year and I will see you when I am through. #cancer #coloncancer #cancerresearch #mikkeydee #hankvonhell #motorhead #riplemmykilmister #🤘😎🤘”

He also added the following in a separate post:

“It’s been a weird year – recorded a new fantastic @cadavertheband album with my new wingman, @dirkverbeuren. Ruled the metal festivals of the world with @satyriconofficial – Made my live comeback with Cadaver at @hellbotn_metalfest – then toured Norway with @haape and the legendary @tonyharnell – then, My life turned upside down the 3rd of October getting diagnosed with colon cancer- BUT – i am allready on the road to getting back- Surgery and recovery, then back out with new music and gigs! Thanks to all of you who have supported me this year – love you all – happy new year! #newyearseve #2020vision #2019reflections”

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DevilDriver Frontman Dez Fafara’s Wife Anahstasia Given “Clean Bill Of Health” Following Cancer Surgery

Earlier this year, DevilDriver were forced to cancel a number of shows after frontman Dez Fafara’s wife/business partner, Anahstasia Fafara, was diagnosed with cancer. Now, Anahstasia has offered a new health update, saying she has been given a “clean bill of health” after undergoing surgery to remove the disease.

Anahstasia said the following:

“Today I want to share with all of you some Amazing News!
This may be a long post🤷‍♀️

Almost two months ago I was diagnosed with Invasive Malignant Melanoma aka Skin Cancer.

Most melanoma under the skin grows from left to right and mine was growing DOWN,which was not a good sign.
It surely what would have been a much longer time period meaning if we went by the doctors that tried to schedule my appointments months out but my pushy and loving bull of a Husband was not going to let that Cancer just grow in me, so he took matters in his own hands and was extremely involved and had appointments and surgeries scheduled within weeks!!

My surgery was successful🌟 A very large deep incision on my leg returned “Clean Margins” meaning they removed all the Cancer! We were awaiting tests from another incision on my lymph nodes which they removed to check if it had spread. I had an amazing surgical team in Doctor MATTHEW Selleck and his partner RN Garret … FYI as they wheeled me into surgery they were blasting Nirvana Lol I knew then I was in very good and capable hands!😁

Next was an intense months long waiting game as they went over with not one but three pathologists to determine why I had a few dark cells in with my lymph nodes that clearly were not melanoma but were of concern. After 3 pathologists and a round table of Oncology doctors reviewed my cells they all determined that indeed fair haired , light eyed people and others sometimes have some dark cells in the lymph nodes nodes and that these were not a concern to them -Just an Anomy..

this gave me and my family the Clean Bill of Health but I must be seen every four months for the rest of my life to have ultra sounds and scans. I wanted to thank everyone who showed myself and my family love and concern. I know there are many dealing with a much worse cases of this deadly disease all over the World, my empathy and heart goes out to all the families enduring, waiting on tests, having surgeries and basically living at hospitals to try and survive.
This has been a life changing event for myself, my husband and all of our close family.

You truly come to find out who cares and who doesn’t and I have had such an out pouring of love from both those I know and many whom I’ve never met and for this I’m grateful. Thank you for all my DM messages. I read every one.

My husband took incredible care of me, cooked , cleaned , did all the house hold chores as I remained upstairs and unable to walk (I’m still very shaky and can’t be on my feet for to long I get these crazy zingers ) and for this compassion and he already knows but I love you Bradley and eternally Thankful.

My sons Kaleb @kalebfafara and Simon @simonfafara were My Absolute Rocks, going as far as to help build a tiki bar downstairs where I could sit and play vinyl and sing Donna Summer greatest hits (she’s my favorite guilty pleasure but I dare you to put on her greatest hits and not jam!) they Kept me lifted and my Heart Full of Love and Positivity.
To Dan Devita at TKO who made me a Fuck Cancer playlist to jam in the tiki bar and I love you for this.
Also Thank You to Hilde at Ink Against Cancer @inkagainstcancer for the support.

I post this picture above to show you my family as Randy @drandallblythe checked on me daily along with our inner family, all of DevilDriver @nealfingtiemann @michaelspreitzer @fnaustile83 @official_ashes , Coal Chamber @nadjapeulen @mikeycoxofficial @meegsrascon every Oracle Mgmt artist all checked in on me constantly and kept my hopes up, my Mother and father in laws, sister and brother in-laws all for checking on me daily and for this I’m eternally grateful – I’m grateful for LIFE and every day here on Gaia that I can spend with family and friends. Life is precious, friends and family are precious, while your here learn to give, be empathetic, be generous and loving and always Stay Positive!
#FuckYouCancer #CancerFree #Sunscreen #InkAgainstCancer #MamaFafara”

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