Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) Was Left Out Of The Grammy Awards’ “In Memoriam” Segment

Sadly, the legendary Vinnie Paul Abbott was left out of the Grammy Awards‘ televised “in memoriam” segment last night (February 10). The drummer is just the latest metal icon to get excluded following Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman, GWAR‘s Oderus Urungus, etc. However, Abbott was mentioned on Grammy.com, along with Oli Herbert (All That Remains), Kyle Pavone (We Came As Romans), Jill Janus (Huntress), etc., who were all snubbed on TV as well. Several members of the rock/metal community took to social media to voice their frustrations:

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale:

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It was a whirlwind of a Grammy Week. It was so wonderful to be nominated, and I’m honored to have lost that Grammy to one of my influences, Chris Cornell. His children got up on stage and filled my heart with such love as they paid tribute to their father. But I am disappointed and disheartened that Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah,All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert and Kyle Pavone of We Came As Romans were not acknowledged in the Annual Memoriam list this year. There's a committee at The Recording Academy and, in December, they put together a list that goes into the hundreds, 300 to 400 people. They go through that list and this committee votes. And from that, they cut it down to a reasonable number for television. I get it. But that is not an excuse for not including my friend Vinnie Paul of Pantera/ Hell Yeah, who has in fact…been nominated for 4 Grammy awards. I am very much aware that our genre is still not given the respect that it deserves. This is why I’m involved. That’s why I was there, in my leather jacket and horns raised, representing my genre Presenting Awards at the Pre Televised ceremony. That is why I was present at the televised show, sitting next to the cool kids. Like anything in this world, if you want change, you must take action. If I threw in the towel the first or hundredth time someone didn’t take me seriously or told me I couldn’t make it cuz I was a girl… then all the hard work and passion I bear for my love of music would be wasted. So, with the same passion, I will not waste my time in the light. I will continue to be an ambassador for Rock and to fight for the respect that it deserves. -Lzzy Hale #RaiseYourHorns #TheGrammys #RockNeverDies

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Fozzy’s Chris Jericho:

Trivium’s Matt Heafy:

Eddie Trunk:

Lou Brutus:

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Public Memorial For Jill Janus (Huntress) To Be Held In West Hollywood, CA

Huntress have announced a public memorial for their late singer Jill Janus, who sadly took her life on August 14. The celebration of life will take place this Friday (August 24) at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, CA. Huntress guitarist and Janus’ longtime boyfriend, Blake Meahl commented:

“Since Jill‘s departure, the amount of outreach and support from friends, fans and family has been absolutely incredible. It has been beyond heavy to see so many reminders of how she could be so talented and loved yet could feel so much pain and loneliness. Let’s get together and celebrate her life and the importance that we still have each other. Expect a lot of whiskey and grown men crying. Thank you Rafael & Roberto Mattey for the amazing artwork.”

Huntress Guitarist Blake Meahl Pays Tribute To His Late Girlfriend & Bandmate Jill Janus: “I Will Always Carry A Piece Of You In My Heart”

Huntress guitarist Blake Meahl has written a tribute to his late girlfriend and bandmate Jill Janus, who sadly took her own life. He said the following:

“I don’t do much posting of things, and to post on something so personal and painful is extra strange but it feels necessary. Jill Janus and i spent 9 years together creating a home, having a family and building our passion project Huntress. The devastation of knowing I will never see her again is the most gutting emotion i have ever experienced. Baby, I hope you have found the peace that you couldn’t find on this planet. I miss you so much and will always carry a piece of you in my heart. See you on Aldebaran.”

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Jill Janus (Huntress) Dead At 43

Jill Janus (Huntress) has sadly passed away at the age of 43. The frontwoman’s death was the result of an apparent suicide. R.I.P.

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The band issued the following statement:

“It is with crushed hearts that we announce that Jill Janus—frontwoman for the California heavy metal band Huntress—passed away on Tuesday, August 14. A long-time sufferer of mental illness, she took her own life outside of Portland, Oregon. Janus spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness.

Janus was a truly special creative involved with numerous musical projects including her role as vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands TheStarbreakers and Chelsea Girls. In addition, Janus was co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark and had a decade-long career as NYC DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.

Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues, she was a beautiful person passionate about her family, animal rescue and the world of natural medicine. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.”

Huntress’ Jill Janus Joins Forces With Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark For “Victory: The Rock Opera”

Back in 2006, Huntress’ Jill Janus and Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Angus Clark started working on a rock opera, titled “Victory: The Rock Opera,” but things were put on hold after Janus formed Huntress. Now, the two have finally managed to find time to finish the project. More info and various demos can be found at victoryrockopera.com.

Here’s a synopsis:

“Welcome to the Divine Dive! We’ll take away all of your sorrow and give it back to you tomorrow. Introducing the star of our show and purveyor of purity, Victory! She’s the teenage phenomenon captivating your souls, the superstar savior, and the assassin of sin!”

And so it begins. The story of Victory: The Rock Opera weaves a tale of innocence and lust. Victory’s an internet sensation, a social media superstar whose God-like reach has given hope to the desolate and deranged. This is a sordid saga best viewed through rose-colored glasses.

But take a peek behind the smoke and mirrors. There you’ll find the lock that bears the seal of Zander. He is Victory’s adoptive father, the builder of the pedestal from which she reigns. He’s a crude man and the shady owner of the Divine Dive cabaret, where Victory is happily and unknowingly kept captive. That is until a wayward guitarist named Cameo enters the scene. But when Victory and her young renegade fall in love, they threaten Zander’s ultimate plan: to auction Victory’s virtue to the highest bidder when she turns 18. Enter a slew of seedy characters, Victory’s strung-out mother, Veronica, and Tino the benevolent, sleazy snitch.

The battle between innocence and lust has started. Victory discovers desire beyond her golden cage and the shame it brings. Will she break free or remain the same? All will be revealed in the story of Victory.

Clark said the following

“In ’06 I was working on a couple of band projects, one was very theatrical and Mike Benigno was the drummer. We immediately hit it off and started working on a couple of songs just as songwriting and production partners. I had a studio in a rehearsal space in Manhattan where we would record everything. After Mike met Jill they came in and we worked on a couple of tracks – one of those I still want to release! It’s called ‘Skin Tight Fight,’ great song. Jill and I really hit it off in that we can share ideas and are able to give and take criticism. So when she came in, the Victory idea was just a great progression of the writing partnership.”

Janus commented as well:

“Having grown up in musical theatre, I often draw inspiration from characters and actors in the musicals or operas I have performed. It’s part formula, part imagination.”

She also added:

“I created the role of Zander as a combo of Fagin from Oliver! the musical and Rob Halford of Judas Priest. I attended college for musical theatre and music theory, and have a vast knowledge of the theatrical world. I came to Angus with the skeleton of the rock opera, a few songs, and the leading characters. He helped define those roles and then more roles were created to support the leads, to define the storyline.”

Clark continued:

“The storyline tackles issues facing young adults, particularly the title character Victory. The taboo attached to sex is archaic in the United States for many women, causing lifelong psychological issues. Victory’s character scope reminds me of young Disney or Nickelodeon entertainers who have been conditioned to praise virtue, abstinence, and Christianity until there’s some explosive, life-altering event that sends them spiraling into self-defeat. What inspired you to tackle the sexual struggle of young women, who are often shamed when the desire to be sexually active naturally occurs?”

Janus added:

“My hope with the role of Victory is to abolish some of that female sexual stigma, showing the humanity instead of humility, and building self-confidence instead of self-hate”

Janus voices Victory in the demos, while Clark voices Zander and Mark Rinzel voices Cameo on one track. However, Janus doesn’t plan on playing Victory in the final product, due to the part having to be someone younger. Although, she does think Clark would be the ideal musical director for the project.

The two are seeking to showcase the opera in Manhattan and are currently looking for some investors so they can develop things further.

On another note, Huntress are working on a new album, and Janus is also working on a project with guitarist Monte Pittman and producer Jay Ruston as well.

[via Loudwire]

Galaktikon Premiere Live Action “Nightmare” Video Feat. Jill Janus (Huntress)

Brendon Small has officially released Galaktikon‘s live action “Nightmare” video. Jill Janus (Huntress) is among those featured in the clip, which you can watch below:

Jill Janus Offers Update On Upcoming Projects Including New Huntress Album, Collaborations, Solo Work, Etc.

Jill Janus is no longer using social media, but she did check in with an update on all her upcoming projects. These range from the new Huntress album, which is expected to be released in fall 2018, her solo work, and more. You can read her full statement below.

Janus said the following:

“Creatures of Planet Earth, as many of you are aware, I broke up with the internet several months ago. Creature Cvlt formed and has been servicing all social media for myself and Huntress. Many fans have asked when will Album 4 be released, when will we tour again? We’re aiming for a Fall 2018 release and headlining tour of North America. Europe and UK touring to follow. Huntress will be back in full beast mode for festival season 2019.

In addition to Huntress, I’m fronting The Starbreakers, an all-girl heavy metal coverband with guitarist Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, We Start Wars), guitarist Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale), bassist Emily Ruvidich (Paradise Kitty, Misty Day) and drummer Lindsay Martin (We Start Wars, Glam Skanks). Next show: January 18th at The Whisky in Los Angeles.

I’m collaborating with Monte Pittman (ex-Prong guitarist and current guitarist for Madonna) and producer/sound engineer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Antrax). Our project is a life goal I’m finally close to accomplishing. I’m also composing a very exciting project with Angus Clark, lead guitarist for the Transiberian Orchestra and DareDevil Squadron. Our project will be announced early next year. And…expect a solo project that I’ve been writing absolutely on my own, which is challenging considering I’ve always relied on my Huntress bandmates as songwriting partners.

I continue to contribute my voice to various projects, including the live action movie ‘Realm of the Damned’ as commander vampire Athena, featuring David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel vocalist) and Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth.

Heshette, my occult-themed jewelry line just celebrated 700 sales. So, yeah, I’ve been busy. But I’ve gotta stay busy or I get into trouble.

Those are the updates! I’m optimistic about 2018. Stay heavy. JJx”