Bob Fouts (Ex-Burn It Down/The Gates Of Slumber, Etc.) Passes Away

Bob Fouts (ex-Burn It Down/The Gates Of Slumber, etc.) has sadly passed away at the age of 45. The Gates Of Slumber’s Karl Simon commented:

“RIP Bob. I don’t have the words really. He’d seemed like he was on the way back. I hope he’s at peace.“

[via The PRP]

Mckenzie Bell (Ex-He Is Legend/Bloodjinn) Passes Away

Mckenzie Bell (ex-He Is Legend/Bloodjinn) has sadly passed away. He was only 35.

Bloodjnn commented:

“We are extremely saddened today to find out that our great friend and former guitarist, Mckenzie Bell, has passed away. He was always a blast to hang out with and one incredible riff writer. He was the king of all of the hot sauces. Seriously, his collection was insane. He was largely involved in our ‘This Machine Runs On Empty’ recording process, along with @machinejk76. He even had a great singing voice and will forever be heard on “Moment Of Clarity”. Rest in power brother. You were loved dearly by everyone.”

He Is Legend have since commented as well:

“Learning of McKenzie Bell’s passing has left us all with heavy hearts. He truly was a one of a kind person. We spent many years cutting our teeth playing together in different bands at local spots here in Wilmington, in the practice room, in a tour van across the entire country. We know that he touched many people’s lives in the 35 years he was with us on this planet, and everyone’s memories of him will live on forever. Our hearts go out to his friends and family, especially his loving mother. He had a very long, hard road to go down after his accident. We’re hoping you finally have some peace, McKenzie. Pour it out, boys.”

Bell’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, but he had been dealing with complications related to a serious accident that he was involved in several years ago. The musician was previously documenting his recovery progress on Instagram.

Listen To Previously Unreleased Recording From 1990 Death Show In Tijuana

A previously unreleased live recording from Death’s October 6, 1990 show in Tijuana, Mexico has been released and can be streamed below. This set serves as the latest installment in the Death “Non Analog – On Stage Series” from Relapse Records.

Falling In Reverse Guitarist Derek Jones Passes Away

Falling In Reverse guitarist Derek Jones has passed away at the age of 35. Frontman Ronnie Radke confirmed the sad news on Twitter:

“I’ll never forget when you picked me up from jail In Your old tour van to start falling in reverse. Your spirit will be interwoven through the music I write forever. Rest In Peace Derek Jones. My heart is broken.”

Listen To Previously Unreleased Recording From 1987 Death Show In Chicago, IL

A previously unreleased live recording from Death’s April 28, 1987 show in Chicago, IL has been released and can be streamed below. This set serves as the second installment in the Death “Non Analog – On Stage Series” from Relapse Records.

Relapse Records Launch Series Of Previously Unreleased Live Death Recordings

Relapse Records have launched a “Non:Analog – On:Stage Series” of previously unreleased live recordings from Death. The first installment features the band’s June 22, 1995 show in Montreal, QC and it can be streamed below:

The following statement was issued:

“At a moment when the world has been forced to push pause on live music, Relapse Records and the Death estate have pulled together to launch a series of previously unreleased, career-spanning live concerts that touch upon all eras and lineups of the legendary band.

We at Relapse sincerely hope to see you all at a concert, festival, or a stage sooner than later. Until then, the label will release a new DEATH concert every other week across all digital platforms throughout the coming months to tide us all over. The first of this series, Death: Non Analog – On Stage Series – Montreal ’95 is available now.

The On Stage Series collection unearths various DEATH performances across the United States, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and more. Whether its an underground, old-school rager upon the release of Scream Bloody Gore in ’87, or a tour-de-force in California circa ’95 on the Symbolic tour, we hope you revisit DEATH with us and keep the spirit of Metal alive at this time!”

Original Riot Guitarist Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris Passes Away

Original Riot guitarist Lou “L.A.” Kouvaris has sadly passed away at the age of 66. A cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Blabbermouth are reporting that the band’s manager Giles Lavery said that Kouvaris recently developed symptoms of COVID-19. Riot also issued the following statement:

“Lou (LA) Kouvaris (RIP) RIOT has lost another brother. Lou played on the very 1st Riot record “Rock City” and performed with the current lineup many times as we are Family. We are saddened by his passing and continue in his and the Riot family honor! Rest in Power Lou! Now start working on music with Guy Mark and Rhett! Shine on Warrior!”

Bill Rieflin (Ex-Ministry, Etc.) Passes Away

Bill Rieflin has sadly passed away at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. Rieflin played drums for Ministry from 1986–1994 and also performed with numerous other bands including: R.E.M., King Crimson, Lard, Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, Swans and more.

Ministry issued the following statement:

“Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry’s developments and success…

Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig.

R.I.P. Bill Rieflin

#MinistryBand #WeAreMinistry #Ministry #Revco #RevoltingCocks #Lard #1000HomoDJs #LeadIntoGold #KMFDM #Swans #NineInchNails #REM #KingCrimson #Drummer #BillRieflin #RestInPeace”

R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe also commented:

“Bill Rieflin (1960-2020)

It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill.

Bill sent me this picture last week of him and Lenny Kaye earlier this month when the Patti Smith Group were in town and they got to hang out. He was elated to see such great friends and gather at his favorite weird Chinese-American diner.

A forever memory is decades old, when I first met Bill at a late night Policeman’s bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy table drinking scotch, and we listened to ‘Birdland’ off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe. His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill— which commenced to create some magical and beautiful collaborations and life long friendships.

And so to Bill now, he is among all the fine points of the stars and we are looking up with love— and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his relentless curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so precious and golden. —Michael“

KMFDM briefly commented as well:

“RIP Bill Rieflin, my dear dear friend and partner in crime of 30+ years.”

Former Sacred Reich Guitarist Jason Rainey Passes Away

Former Sacred Reich guitarist Jason Rainey has sadly passed away at the age of 53. According to his ex-bandmates, his death was the result of a heart attack.

Sacred Reich issued the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away.

Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life.

In recent years he faced some serious medical issues. He ultimately succembed to a heart attack on Monday, March 16. He was 53 years old.

Jason, we wish you peace and love. ❤️

Jason Wesley Rainey
February 14, 1967 – March 16, 2020″

The Late Sean Reinert’s (Ex-Death/Cynic) Organ Donor Request Was Denied Due To His Sexual Orientation

As previously reported, Sean Reinert (ex-Death/Cynic) sadly passed away last month at the age of 48. The drummer was an organ donor, but his widower Tom Snyder has since revealed that his request was denied due to his sexual orientation.

Snyder issued the following statement:

“My husband Sean was an organ donor. He believed that when he passed on if his organs could go to someone in need that it would be a great thing. He was incredibly kind and giving in every way imaginable as many of his closest friends are well aware.

After I got home from the hospital the night Sean passed I received a phone call about 1 in the morning. It was from a person who works with the organ donor program at the hospital where Sean passed. They notified me that Sean was identified as an organ donor in their database and wanted to ask me some questions about him to proceed. I could not deal with the stress of this at the time and asked if I could wait to talk to them the next morning and they said although time was of the essence that would be fine as there’s a 24 hour window to harvest organs.

The next morning when Seans sister Patti arrived from Miami I explained the situation to her and we agreed that if Sean wanted his organs donated that we would honor his wishes. I called the organ donation people back and said I was ready to proceed. The lady on the phone said that was great and began the questionnaire. After the first few standard questions she asked if Sean was a sexually active homosexual male. Without thinking I said “yes” and almost without missing a beat she said “well, unfortunately that means….” and I went numb because I knew what she was about to say. She said a few more words and then I interrupted her, said some words back and hung up the phone.

Sean did not have HIV, or any other STD’s for that matter. But because he was a gay man living in America in 2020 he was not allowed one of his final wishes of donating his organs to help save another persons life. The government would rather let people waiting for a transplant die than give them one of Seans organs. As his husband it makes me sick to my stomach and incredibly angry.

-Tom

EDIT: Quick comment for those of you looking up organ donation websites and thinking something went wrong here. The specific guidelines are for men who have had male to male sexual contact in the last 12 months. It’s regulated by the FDA and those guidelines are still in place. So while websites may say it’s a ‘myth’ that LGBTQ+ people can’t donate, that is not true of sexually active men. – Tom

https://www.federalregister.gov