Guillaume Bideau (Ex-Mnemic, Etc.) Passes Away

Guillaume Bideau (ex-Mnemic, ex-Scarve, etc.) has sadly passed away. He was only 44 years old.

Bideau’s former Scarve bandmate Dirk Verbeuren (also of Megadeth) said the following:

“Guillaume, it’s with a devastated heart that I write these words. I remember our first meeting in 1999 like it was yesterday. You came to see me at my little apartment in Nancy reaching out with a fake hand, which fell to the ground when I shook it, leaving me perplexed… You were without a doubt expecting a burst of laughter. Your omnipresent humor was contagious. Even when you got angry, you were damn funny. During the recording of Scarve‘s second album, you insisted that we all listen to Type O Negative‘s October Rust when going to bed, night after night, until Sylvain and I got fed up and decided to hide your CD-R… Only for you to pull out a second identical one the same evening.

You were a brilliant, non-conformist, stubborn and tenacious artist. Beyond that, you were a true friend. You didn’t hesitate to join me when I was reluctant to go on a long drive through France (we listened to the first Fantômas album on repeat). At my wedding in 2006, your presence and exuberant personality remain among my fondest memories.

You didn’t care what other people said. You did what you wanted and you lived your own way. I’m gonna miss you terribly, my friend… Rest in peace.”

Bideau’s former Mnemic bandmate Mircea Gabriel Eftemie also commented:

“Words can not describe how I feel. I am devastated and extremely saddened by the passing of my friend and old band member, Guillaume Bideau.

Everything we’ve experienced and laughed at together throughout the years, the crazy shenanigans, the parties, the fights, the travels, the struggle for success – are all the memories I will cherish forever. You where a unique character, a visionary and true artist with a big heart. You made us all laugh and you touched our lives with your music. I can not believe you are now gone…

My thoughts go to his family, and the many friends all around the world.

I will forever miss you.

Rest in peace Guillaume.”

The Black Dahlia Murder Frontman Trevor Strnad Passes Away

The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad has sadly passed away. The band confirmed the heartbreaking news with the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255″

Howie Pyro (D Generation, Ex-Danzig) Passes Away

Howie Pyro (D Generation, ex-Danzig) has sadly passed away at the age of 61. D Generation’s Jesse Malin told Rolling Stone that his bandmate died of COVID pneumonia following a battle with liver disease.

Malin shared the following tribute for Pyro:

“This is the hardest post I have ever had to write. Howie Pyro, my best friend and brother has passed away. He fought real hard right till the end. He changed my life and so many others in ways I can’t even begin to say. We made our world together. From Whitestone, Queens to Madison Square Garden and every crazy, dirty little place in between. I learned so much from him.

He made this planet a much better, cooler, weirder, and more beautiful place. For decades he impacted so many different kinds of people and so many different scenes all over with his style, his taste, his music, his knowledge, his Art, his fashion, his attitude, his humor, his records, his movies, his bravery, his swagger, his smile, his heart, and his compassion.

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, a shirt, donated, said a prayer, or sent a message to help him out. He really got to see the love in a huge way from all of you and it meant so much to him. His importance and impact will never, ever be forgotten. I will love you forever my Dear Doctor Howard.”

Spinal Tap Drummer Ric Parnell Passes Away

Ric Parnell has sadly passed away at the age of 70. The musician played Spinal Tap drummer Mick Shrimpton in the 1984 mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” and later took on the role of his “brother” Ric Shrimpton after Mick “died” of spontaneous combustion. Parnell also performed in Atomic Rooster in the early 1970s.

Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek revealed the sad news with the following statement:

“Ric Parnell died early this morning.

From day one, meeting him, I found him to be engaging, warm, and delightfully funny. We hit it off as pals immediately. He had a cheerful spirit that made you feel good, just being around him.

Ric’s amazing history in the music world is well known. I had the great good fortune to work with Ric on three albums. Studio time was casual, fun, and scattered with stories and humor. Ric never actually prepared for a session, but would come up with the beat and the arrangement on the spot. He would say “How does this next song go?” I’d play it to him on a guitar, and he’d think about it for a minute. Then he would say “Right! Got something.” Then he would nail it in one or two takes, and it was as perfect as it gets.

Ric was one of a kind. He lives on in his music, and in our hearts.”

Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Ex-Dead Cross, Etc.) Passes Away

Gabe Serbian has sadly passed away. The musician was the drummer for The Locust and previously served as the singer for Dead Cross and the guitarist for Cattle Decapitation. Fans can assist his family by donating HERE.

The Locust said the following:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we have to share the passing of Gabe Serbian on April 30th, 2022. This world will miss Gabe as a friend, family member, musician, and artist. He will continue to live on in so many ways and through everyone he has connected with during his time with us. May 1st is his birthday, and we hope that you can find a way to celebrate his life. During this difficult time we ask that you give Gabe’s family privacy.”

Dead Cross also commented:

“Our hearts are shattered. We love you Gabe Serbian. This world won’t be the same without you”

Cattle Decapitation added:

“We are at a complete loss for words over the loss of our friend and a founding member Gabe Serbian’s passing. Its difficult to put into words the loss of someone who was such a talent and dear friend to so, so many. He was one of the real ones. We will miss you so much, Gabe. We ask that you please give his family privacy during this time. There is a GoFundMe set up for his family, his wife and two children.”

Autograph Bassist Randy Rand Passes Away

Autograph bassist Randy Rand has sadly passed away. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

The band issued the following statement:

“It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts to announce the unexpected passing of our cherished friend and founding member of Autograph, Randy Rand.

At the time of death, Randy was surrounded by his beautiful and infinite love, Regina Rand and family.

Although beyond devastated, we find some comfort and solace knowing the last couple of years have been some of his happiest as an artist and as a performer. Randy was the consummate optimist and was so excited to see the new direction, creativity and renewed energy with the band. You could feel his excitement- as it was quite palpable with his playing abilities, performances and the way he interacted with his beloved fans.

As many of you know, Randy arrived in the late 70s Sunset Strip music scene and was an accomplished musician and seasoned studio musician when he rose to prominence as an original member of Autograph.

Fast forward 40 years, our brother was still making an impact in the music arena with his charismatic stage presence, musical contributions, most notably, with our new album release and collaboration with Frontiers.

Regrettably, there is only one Randy- a fabulous bassist band mate, brother, and human being. Collectively in the last couple of years with this formation, we spent numerous hours that turned into something magical while creating an unbreakable bond few bands are fortunate enough to ever experience. We had that…and with that, we will continue to honor Randy Rand, as he would want us to and honor our musical commitments and keep his legacy alive.

At this time…we ask that you respect our privacy and we thank you for the continued love, support and light that all of you have shown him and us as we navigate these sad days ahead of us.”

Dance Gavin Dance Bassist Tim Feerick Passes Away

Dance Gavin Dance bassist Tim Feerick has passed away. The band confirmed the sad news with the below statement:

“We are absolutely devastated to share the news that our friend and bass player, Tim Feerick, passed away last night. We ask that you respect our privacy and that of Tim‘s family while we deal with this heartbreaking and untimely loss. We will share further updates on Swanfest and our upcoming touring schedule as we have them.”

Ex-King Conquer Bassist Adam Whited Passes Away

Former King Conquer bassist Adam Whited has sadly passed away. The news was recently confirmed by his brother and bandmate Chris Whited.

Chris said the following:

“It’s very odd to be writing this. From as far back as I can remember you were why I did the things I do in this life. I played baseball because of you, I skateboarded because of you, I wanted to know how to fight because of you, I started playing music because of you, I played my first show because of you, I did my first tour because of you, my first ever tattoo was for you, the reason I’m so strong mentally is because you told me I had to be when we ran away from home, and the reason I’m okay with matters like this is because you taught me how to look for the best in things at such a young age.

My next tattoo will be for you, and the next piece of music I write will be for you. I promise to remember the happy times and the hard times! “Brothers Till The End”

I love you Adam Michael McNee Whited.
I’ll see you on the other side dude.”

[via The PRP]

Too Close To Touch Vocalist Keaton Pierce Passes Away

Too Close To Touch’s Keaton Pierce has sadly passed away. The singer’s death was related to “a medical condition he had been dealing with privately.”

The band issued the following statement:

“To all of the people who’s lives were positively affected by the music of Too Close To Touch.

We wish we had a better way to break this news.

Our friend & brother Keaton passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, just a short time ago due to a medical condition he had been dealing with privately.
We are shaken and saddened and speechless.

We all relied on Keaton to put words to feelings like these and convey them in a way that was undeniably one of a kind.

Keaton lives on through these songs that we made together.

He lives on through that feeling you get when you listen to them.”

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Passes Away

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has sadly passed away at the age of 50. The band confirmed the heartbreaking news with the following statement:

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live with us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children, and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”