Former Death guitarist James Murphy and bassist Terry Butler will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of frontman Chuck Schuldiner’s death with two tribute shows at The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL. The concerts will be held on December 11-12 and they will find Murphy and Butler playing “Spiritual Healing” in full with Gruesome drummer Gus Rios and Exhumed frontman Matt Harvey. Death tribute band Symbolic will also perform.
Inge Ginsberg, the 99-year-old Holocaust survivor who spent her final years performing in the death metal band Inge & The TritoneKings, has sadly passed away. Her bandmate Pedro da Silva confirmed the news to The New York Times, saying that she died of heart failure. Ginsberg lived an incredible life that saw her escape the Nazis during World War II and help pass messages between Italian resistance fighters and the American O.S.S. She also worked as a songwriter, journalist, and more. You can watch a past documentary on Ginsberg and a past music video below:
Outer Heaven have digitally released a new covers EP titled “In Tribute…“ The effort, which can be streamed below, features covers of Repulsion’s “Maggots In Your Coffin,” Morbid Angel’s “Word Of Shit (The Promised Land),” Pig Destroyer’s “Junkyard God,” Mortician’s “Drowned In Your Blood,” and Death’s “Secret Face.”
The band commented:
“In the very uncertain and depressing times during the beginning of the pandemic, we wanted to find a way to keep ourselves occupied as a band. With shows falling to the wayside for the foreseeable future, we decided to push our efforts into celebrating our label, Relapse Records, in their 30th year.
We scoured the timeless discography of the label and chose a handful of tracks that meant a lot to us, and decided to record covers of them as an offering of tribute to the label and all the fans who have supported us all this time. We also recorded an extra 5th track from outside the RR discography that we just couldn’t resist including with this release. We hope this will do the job of holding everyone over as we complete work on our 2nd full length album! DEATH METAL FOREVER!”
The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts has sadly passed away at the age of 80. This news comes after it was previously revealed that the drummer would be missing the band’s U.S. tour so he could have time to recover from an undisclosed medical procedure. A spokesperson issued the following statement regarding his death:
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly passed away at the age of 62. The frontman, who was reportedly unvaccinated, died after being hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull confirmed the news on Facebook:
“We all are devastated and in shock. We lost a band mate, friend, and brother. We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.”
The band’s ex-guitarist Chuck Robinson also commented:
“This morning I awoke to the worst news… We are all truely devastated.. My dear friend, band mate and brother Eric Wagner has passed. Goodnight Tempter.. We love you..”
“We are saddened to share the news that former FTF guitarist Tim Audette recently passed away after fighting a long and courageous battle with M.S.
Tim was there at the very start of the band formation of Fuck The Facts in 2001, and played on the albums ‘Mullet Fever‘ and ‘Backstabber Etiquette‘, as well as our splits with Ames Sanglantes and Sylvester Staline.
Even though he had a much more traditional metal background, Tim always embraced every wild idea that was brought to the table, and had a big part in the all the music that we created and released during his period in the band. We are lucky to have known him and shared so many adventures together.
Our hearts go out to all of his family and friends. RIP Tim.”
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has sadly passed away at the age of 72. This news comes after the bassist recently left tour early due to a “hip issue.” The band commented:
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.” You will be missed greatly, amigo. Frank & Billy”
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has sadly passed away at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed.
Jordison’s family issued the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. He was 46.
Joey‘s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.
To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.
The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.
The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Metal Church singer Mike Howe has sadly passed away at the age of 55. The band issued the following statement:
“It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.”
Founding Kansas violinist and co-vocalist Robby Steinhardt has sadly passed away. The musician was 71 years old.
Steinhardt’s family issued the following statement:
“Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on, ‘Dust in The Wind,’ ‘Point Of No Return’ and ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.
Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.
Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.”
Kansas also commented:
“The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.
Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.
What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.