Saliva Guitarist Wayne Swinny Passes Away

Saliva’s Wayne Swinny has sadly passed away. This news comes shortly after the guitarist was placed in an intensive care unit following a brain hemorrhage.

The band said the following:

“It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our brother Wayne Swinny. Wayne passed away this afternoon from a Spontaneous brain hemorrhage while we were out on tour. Details for the funeral arrangements will be announced shortly. Wayne will be missed by all those who knew him. We love you Wayne”

Singer Bobby Amaru also commented:

“I’m not even sure what to think or how to feel right now. My heart aches for Wayne’s family, his friends, and anyone who had the joy of being around him. My heart aches for his daughter Nikki. He loved that little girl so much. He was a guitar hero onstage with all the rock ‘n’ roll swag that most guitar players dream of. Offstage he was a proud father, an Ancient Aliens expert, and an incredible human who had zero enemies! He would go out of his way to make sure you had a good time.

I’m grateful that I got to share almost 12 years of my life with Wayne on the stage and most importantly off the stage. He was the older brother I never had. I learned so much from him and we had a fucking blast together! I will cherish it all for the rest of my life!

God Bless you, Wayne. I know we’ll meet again!!”

Prior to this confirmation, Saliva issued the following statement regarding Swinny’s hospitalization:

“Our dear brother Wayne Swinny was discovered Tuesday morning in medical distress and paramedics were called. He was transported to a hospital where he was diagnosed with a Spontaneous Hemorrhage in his brain. He is currently in the ICU as we await further news. We ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

Watch Death To All Perform Death’s “Flattening Of Emotions” With Paul Masvidal

Death To All, the Death tribute band featuring Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death), Bobby Koelble (ex-Death), Gene Hoglan (ex-Testament, ex-Death), and Max Phelps (Exist), were joined onstage by Paul Masvidal (Cynic, ex-Death) during their March 11 set at Brick By Brick in San Diego, CA. You can see fan-filmed footage of them performing “Flattening Of Emotions” together below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Longtime Artillery Drummer Josua Madsen Passes Away

Josua Madsen has sadly passed away at the age of 45. According to, the drummer, who performed with Artillery for ten years before his recent exit, died after being struck by a bus on a dark country road in Denmark. The incident occurred while the musician was walking home following a rehearsal with his new band.

Artillery issued the following statement:

“Dear friends, fans, and family. Today we awoke to the tragic news of the passing of our dear friend and bandmate Josua.

Dear Josua. For the last ten years, you have been a part of our extended family. We have played, fought, laughed, and cried together and looked to the future alongside appreciating our now. You had a kind spirit and a big heart.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your son and family. We wish you peace and joy on your journey. Take care friend, and rock on, wherever you are.”

They later added;

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our former drummer Josua, but as we are on the road with a new drummer we will fulfill all our contracts and concerts In Josuas spirit”

Dark Angel Guitarist Jim Durkin Passes Away

Dark Angel’s Jim Durkin has sadly passed away. The guitarist was 58 years old.

Durkin’s wife Annie commented:

“With a broken and heavy heart, I want to share that the love of my life, my best friend and husband, Jimmy, passed away Wednesday morning.

He was not alone as I was with him along with a few close friends until the end.

He will be truly missed and no one can ever replace the love I have for him.

May he rest in peace.

Ever Thine
Ever Mine
Ever Ours……. My Immortal Beloved.

I will see you again. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Annie Durkin”

The band also issued a statement:

“We in the Dark Angel Family are deeply saddened and crushed today with the news of our brother and founder Jimmy Durkin passing away Wednesday morning.

We would like to thank his fans for their continuous loyalty and support. We will come out with a full statement very soon. We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy while we mourn the loss of this great man.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Gary Rossington Passes Away

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The band commented:

“It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today. Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does. Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼”

Critical Khaos Vocalist Steve Cain Killed In Murder-Suicide

Steve Cain (Critical Khaos) has sadly passed away. According to Fox 19, the vocalist, his son, and his father-in-law were allegedly shot by his wife Theresa, who then turned the gun on herself. Cain’s daughter was also shot and remains in critical condition. The tragedy occurred shortly before the family were set to be evicted from their home.

Despite the heartbreaking situation, the band still plan to perform with Otep and September Mourning on May 19:

“Hello Chaotic Family.. We hope everyone is doing the best they can today.. So here it is.. This is something that Steve wanted so bad before he was taken from us.. We talked about this show like it was the opportunity of a lifetime for him and a chance to stand on a stage that he had previously only been a fan and supporting many many bands here on this stage.. But now it was his turn.. he wanted this more than you’ll ever know.. We are so happy to be able to make this show happen..

We couldn’t have made this happen without our brother Robert Smith .. We love you and we know Steve wouldn’t want anyone else to take his place for this show.. we appreciate DARK SOUL for allowing their front man to “cheat” on them for an evening. Love you guys.. and you know this.. Sherry Hunter Smith we know there are the concerns and we understand and appreciate you allowing this and making this happen with Robert..

So much love to you all. So enough talking right… Get on with it.. JOIN US … MAY 19TH at the Madison Theater with OTEP & SEPTEMBER MOURNING and special guest Critical Khaos with our much loved brother Robert at the helm leading the Chaos.. we can’t wait to share the stage with these bands and with Rob.. we appreciate everyone’s patience.. and yes… Your gonna need to get these tickets quick.. We’ll let you know as soon as we have them.. should have tickets this coming Monday.. Time to show that the CHAOTIC FAMILY IS STRONG AND MADE FROM MANY.”

Fans can donate to assist Cain’s daughter HERE. They can also donate to assist with funeral expenses HERE.

[via Loudwire]

Pearl Jam, Mötley Crüe, Lacuna Coil, Etc. Releases Set For 2023 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place on April 22 and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • The 1975 – “Live With the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra” — 2 x LP (2,500) / Cassette (400)
  • The Adicts – “Fifth Overture” — LP (2,500)
  • Agnostic Front – “United Blood (The Extended Sessions)” — LP (2,000)
  • The Allman Brothers Band – “Allman Brothers Band Recording” — 2 x LP (9,000)
  • The Black Keys – “Live at Beachland Tavern March 31, 2002” — LP (5,000)
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Live at Levitations” — LP (2,150)
  • Blur – “Blur Present the Special Collectors Edition” — 2 x LP (10,000)
  • Canned Heat – “Vintage” — LP (3,000)
  • Eric Carr – “Rockology” — 2 x LP (4,000) / CD (500)
  • The Cranberries – “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” — LP (4,000)
  • The Cure – “Show” (2023 Remaster) — 2 x LP (10,000)
  • Death – “Fate: The Best of Death” — LP (2,800)
  • Dio – “Live at Fresno 1983” — 2 x LP (8,000)
  • The Doors – “Love Her Madly” — 3″ vinyl (1,500)
  • The Doors – “Hello, I Love You” — 3″ vinyl (1,500)
  • The Doors – “Break on Through (To the Other Side) — 3” vinyl (1,500)
  • The Doors Limited Edition RSD3 mini-turntable (500)
  • Dope – “Group Therapy” — 2 x LP (2,500)
  • Earshot – “Letting Go” — vinyl (1,400)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Brain Salad Surgery” — LP (1,000)
  • Brian Eno – “Forever Voiceless” — LP (3.000)
  • Enslaved – “Hordanes Land” — vinyl (1,550)
  • Fleetwood Mac – “Albatross”/Jigsaw Puzzle — 12” vinyl (2,700)
  • Garbage – “Witness to Your Love” EP — vinyl (1,600)
  • Gong – “Live in Lyon, December 14, 1972” — 3 x LP (1,500)
  • Grateful Dead – “Boston Garden, Boston MA 5/7/77” (Live) — 5 x LP (9,000)
  • Hawkwind – “The Iron Dream – Live 1977” — LP (2,500)
  • Horse the Band – “The Mechanical Hand” — 2 x LP (2,000)
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “Up Your Alley” — LP (2,200)
  • Husker Du – “Tonite Longhorn” — 2 x LP (5,000)
  • Kittie – “Until the End’ — LP (2,500)
  • Lacuna Coil  – “Shallow Life” — LP (1,350)
  • Lacuna Coil – “Dark Adrenaline” — LP (1,350)
  • John Lennon – “Gimme Some Truth” — 10″ vinyl box set (500)
  • Paul McCartney – “Red Rose Speedway” — LP (5,000)
  • Mr. Big – “Mr. Big” — LP (2,500)
  • Eddie Money – “The Covers” — LP (1,500)
  • Mötley Crüe – “Helter Skelter” — 12″ picture disc vinyl
  • Motörhead – “Lost Tapes, Vol. 4 (Live in Heilbronn 1984)” — 2 x LP (2,250)
  • Murphy’s Law – “Murphy’s Law” — LP (1,800)
  • Stevie Nicks – “Bella Donna Live 1981” — 2 x LP (10,000)
  • Ted Nugent – “Nuge Vault Vol. 1” — LP (4,000)
  • OFF! – “FLSD” EP — vinyl (2,300)
  • Pearl Jam – “Give Way” — CD (4,000) / 2 x LP (15,500)
  • Porcupine Tree – “IA / DW/ XT” — vinyl (800) *extra tracks from the “In Absentia” and “Deadwing” albums
  • Suzi Quatro – “Quatro” — 2 x LP
  • Queensrÿche – “Operation: Mindcrime II” — 2 x LP (2,500)
  • Ramones – “Pleasant Dream (The New York Mixes)” — LP (7,500)
  • The Residents – “Our Finest Flowers” — LP (1,500)
  • Keith Richards – “Vintage Vinos” — 2 x LP (4.050)
  • The Rolling Stones – “Beggars Banquet” — LP (9,000)
  • Todd Rundgren – “A Wizard / A True Star” — LP (5,500)
  • Shadows Fall – “The War Within” — LP (2,200)
  • The Sisters of Mercy – “Reptile House” — LP (4,500)
  • Soul Asylum – “MTV Unplugged” — 2 x LP (3,050)
  • The Specials – “Work in Progress” — 10″ vinyl
  • Ringo Starr – “Stop & Smell the Roses” — 2 x LP (2,500) / CD (500)
  • The Strawberry Alarm Clock – “Incense and Peppermints” — LP (3,000)
  • Suicide – “A Way of Life” – The Rarities EP — 10″ vinyl (1,300)
  • Sunn O)))/Boris – “Altar” — LP (4,500)
  • The Sword – “Gods of the Earth” — LP (4,600)
  • T. Rex – “Rockin’ & Rollin'” — LP (2,000)
  • Taproot – “Welcome” — LP (1,400)
  • The Mars Volta – “Frances the Mute” — 12″ vinyl (6,750)
  • Frank Turner – “Tape Deck Heart” — 2 x LP (1,500)
  • Twiztid – “Electric Lettuce” — LP (1,000)
  • U2 – “Two Hearts Beat As Once/Sunday Bloody Sunday – War & Surrender Mixes” — vinyl
  • UFO – “Will the Last Man Standing” (Turn Out the Light) — 2 x LP
  • Undeath – “Live… From the Grave” — LP (1,050)
  • Underoath – “Voyeurist: Digital Ghost” — LP (2,500)
  • Van Halen – “LIVE: Right Here, Right Now” — 4 x LP (7,500)
  • The Verve Pipe – “Villains” — LP (2,000)
    Violent Femmes – “Violent Femmes” (40th Anniversary) — LP (3,000)
  • Scott Weiland – “12 Bar Blues” — 2 x LP (4,000)
  • Yes – “Live at Knoxville Civic Auditorium” — 3 x LP (6,000)

[via Loudwire]

Tim Aymar (Pharaoh, Control Denied) Passes Away

Tim Aymar (Pharaoh, Control Denied) has sadly passed away at the age of 59. Pharaoh commented:

“We are very sorry to share the awful news of the passing of Pharaoh‘s one and only singer, Tim Aymar. Tim has meant so much to so many people, whose hearts are suddenly flooded with sadness but also memories of his life and music. We look forward to sharing some of our own memories when the right time has come. Until then, we are joined in sorrow and gratitude with all of Tim‘s family, friends, fans, and fellow musicians. – Chris, Chris, and Matt“

Three More Dates Added To Death To All, Suffocation, & Nukem’s North American Tour

Death To All, the Death tribute band featuring Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death), Bobby Koelble (ex-Death), Gene Hoglan (ex-Testament, ex-Death), and Max Phelps (Exist), have added three more dates to their North American tour with Suffocation and Nukem. You can find their updated schedule below. As previously reported, Death To All will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Individual Thought Patterns” on that run.

Tour Dates:

03/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03/06 Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
03/07 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03/08 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
03/09 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
03/10 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
03/11 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
03/12 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater
03/14 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
03/15 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
03/16 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
03/17 New Orleans, LA – The House Of Blues
03/18 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
03/19 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/21 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
03/22 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
03/23 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
03/24 New York, NY – Webster Hall
03/25 Boston, MA – The Middle East
03/26 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
03/27 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
03/28 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
03/29 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
03/30 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
04/01 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

David Crosby Passes Away

David Crosby (The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash) has sadly passed away. The legendary musician was 81 years old. Crosby’s wife commented:

“It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music. Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”