Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls) Passes Away

New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Mizrahi, aka Sylvain Sylvain, has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

The following statement was issued:

“As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years. Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease. While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain. Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let’s send this beautiful doll on his way.”

Lenny Kaye (ex-Patti Smith Group) added:

“Sylvain Sylvain, the heart and soul of the New York Dolls, bearer of the Teenage News, passed into his next astral incarnation on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Syl loved rock and roll. His onstage joy, his radiant smile as he chopped at his guitar, revealed the sense of wonder he must have felt at the age of 10, emigrating from his native Cairo with his family in 1961, the ship pulling into New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.

It was he who looked across Lexington Ave. and saw the sign for the New York Doll hospital. Syl and a high school friend, Billy Murcia, were in the rag trade then, the aptly named Truth and Soul, handknit sweaters with a side of rockattitude. Hooking up with another classmate, John Genzale, and then, as bands will, Arthur Kane, and David Johansen, and Jerry Nolan, they became a quasar in the rock firmament; embodying trash, glam, garage-to-punk, the ambisexual affirmation of music played louder.

His role in the band was as lynchpin, keeping the revolving satellites of his bandmates in precision. Though he tried valiantly to keep the band going, in the end the Dolls’ moral fable overwhelmed them, not before seeding an influence that would engender many rock generations yet to come.

The New York Dolls heralded the future, made it easy to dance to. From the time I first saw their poster appear on the wall of Village Oldies in 1972, advertising a residency at the Mercer Hotel up the street, throughout their meteoric ascent and shooting star flame-out, the New York Dolls were the heated core of this music we hail, the band that makes you want to form a band.
Syl never stopped. In his solo lifeline, he was welcomed all over the world, from England to Japan, but most of all the rock dens of New York City, which is where I caught up with him a couple of years ago at the Bowery Electric. Still Syl. His corkscrew curls, tireless bounce, exulting in living his dream, asking the crowd to sing along, and so we will. His twin names, mirrored, becomes us.

Thank you Sylvain x 2, for your heart, belief, and the way you whacked that E chord. Sleep Baby Doll.”

Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus) Passes Away

Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, etc.) has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. The bassist was 76 years old.

Bogert’s bandmates Carmine Appice, Mark Stein, and Vince Martell shared the following tributes:

Appice:

“My true friend Tim Bogert died today.

He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years.

Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60’s bass players.

Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him “Spock”. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it.

I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together.

Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it.

Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side.”

Stein:

“I met Tim Bogert when we were just teenagers. We both loved the same music and shared the same vision of becoming famous. In short time we walked together as Kings. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Tim Bogert wowed the world with his incredible bass playing and undoubtedly was a powerful influence on many of the great bass players that came after him. I will miss him.”

​Martell:

“Tim will now live in Eternity where he will rock out to heavenly rhythms… The rest of the Fudge will see you there one day.”

Megaforce Records Co-Founder Marsha Zazula Passes Away

Megaforce Records co-founder Marsha Zazula has sadly passed away at the age of 68. Marsha and her husband Jon “Jonny Z” Zazula co-founded Megaforce in 1982 and they were credited with helping Metallica launch their career. They also released albums from Anthrax, Testament, and more.

Jon told Billboard the following:

“No man can ask for a partner like Marsha Zazula, someone who would stand by your side, support you, and believe in you to the extent of losing everything in order to make those dreams come true. She was a mother and mentor to many, a role model as a woman breaking the glass ceiling in an industry ran by men. She had balls, beauty, brains, and vision.”

Their daughter Rikki also issued her own statement:

“RIP Mom April 21, 1952 -January 10, 2021 Your love, Your strength, Your memory and Your music has changed lives and will continue to FOREVER.”

Megaforce Records and Metallica shared tributes as well:

Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) Passes Away

Bodom After Midnight and former Children Of Bodom vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho has sadly passed away at the age of 41. The musician died at his home in Finland last week after previously battling long-term health issues.

Bodom After Midnight issued the following statement:

“We are crushed by the sudden passing of our dear friend and band member. Words cannot describe this shock and the profound sadness that we feel.”

Laiho’s sister continued:

“We are all absolutely shocked and devastated. We ask for privacy and understanding during these hard times. My little brother’s funeral will take place privately.”

His widow Kelli Wright-Laiho also added:

“Alexi was the most loving and magnificent husband and father. Our hearts are eternally broken.”

Children Of Bodom also commented:

“One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.

More than 25 years of friendship. We lost a brother. The world lost a phenomenal song writer and one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Memories and Alexi’s music will live forever.

Our thoughts are with Alexi’s family during this difficult time.

-Henkka, Janne and Jaska”

Mountain’s Leslie West Passes Away

Legendary Mountain guitarist Leslie West has sadly passed away at the age of 75. This news comes after West’s brother Larry West Weinstein previously revealed that the musician’s heart had given out and that he was on a ventilator with his wife Jenni by his side. Dean Guitars commented:

“With a heavy heart, we are saddened hear about the passing of #Dean Artist and part of the Dean family, Leslie West. Legendary and one of a kind. Rest In Peace.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Cynic Bassist Sean Malone Passes Away

Cynic bassist Sean Malone has passed away at the age of 50. His bandmate Paul Masvidal confirmed the sad news with the below statement:

“I learned today that Sean Malone has died. I am numb and grief stricken. He had a brilliant mind, a gracious heart and was one of the greatest musicians I’ve ever encountered. I know that this is a shocking loss for so many fans whose lives he touched with his artistry, as it is for me. Please keep him in your thoughts and listen to his playing to celebrate his life.”

Former Third Eye Blind Bassist And Queensrÿche Producer Jason Slater Passes Away

According to TMZ, former Third Eye Blind bassist and Queensrÿche producer Jason Slater has passed away at the age of 49. His daughter Alyssa Carlson confirmed the sad news saying that the musician died from liver failure at a hospital in Maui, Hawaii. A representative for Third Eye Blind also commented saying that it “is always a sad time… when a spirited member of the music scene is taken too soon.”

Former Secrets Vocalist Aaron Melzer Passes Away

Former Secrets vocalist Aaron Melzer has sadly passed away. No cause of death has been revealed.

Secrets commented:

“Today we lost our brother, our friend, and our family with the passing of Aaron Melzer. Aaron’s passing came much too soon in his life and in ours. Words cannot express how devastating and painful this is for all of us to hear and believe.

We will miss Aaron every day. Every day we will remember his presence, his laughter, the joy he could bring to a room, the light he brought with him to the stage, his smiles, his heart, and every memory we were able to share with him.

For now we ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and loved ones as we take this time to reflect & grieve.

We love you Aaron & you will not be forgotten

Aaron Forever”

Former Uriah Heep Keyboardist Ken Hensley Dead At 75

Former Uriah Heep keyboardist Ken Hensley has sadly passed away. He was 75 years old.

Guitarist Mick Box commented:

“I received devastating news this morning from Ken’s manager Steve Weltman that Ken Hensley has passed away.

I had just finished watching his video of the unboxing of the 50th Anniversary Box Set last night, where he seemed absolutely fine and justifiably proud of his time in Uriah Heep, which has just added to the shock.

We may not have always been the best of friends, but there were some wonderful times we shared too, which are the ones I will always remember.

Ken wrote some amazing songs in his tenure with the band, and they will remain a musical legacy that will be in people’s hearts forever.

His communication through lyrics and melody have stood the test of time, and with the power and chemistry of the band bringing those songs to life, we achieved success we could only have dreamed of.

My sincere condolences go to his family and wife Monica and may he rest in peace.

Mick
URIAH HEEP”

Hensley’s brother Trevor also issued a statement:

“I am writing this with a heavy heart to let you know that my brother Ken Hensley passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening.

His beautiful wife Monica was at his side and comforted Ken in his last few minutes with us.

We are all devastated by this tragic and incredibly unexpected loss and ask that you please give us some space and time to come to terms with it.

Ken will be cremated in a private ceremony in Spain so please don’t ask for information about a funeral.

Ken has gone but he will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts.

Stay safe out there.”

Defiler Drummer Craig Ledbetter Passes Away, Frontman Jacob Shaw Battling Serious Health Issues

Defiler drummer Craig Ledbetter has passed away. The band recently confirmed the sad news, while also revealing that frontman Jacob Shaw is battling some serious health issues including a failing pancreas, which is believed to be from pancreatic necrosis.

Shaw said the following:

“Thank you all in advance for the donations, and the condolences for Craig. Both of these happening simultaneously, not long after losing my father, had been the hardest shit I’ve ever dealt with in my life. But I owe it to them to keep fighting.

I will do everything in my power to not succumb to this diagnosis, I don’t care if 1 in 5 die from it, I don’t give a fuck about any of that. I’m here to make music and I’m here for all of you, and we will come out of this on top.

For Craig, for my father, and all the others we’ve lost that want us to succeed. Thank you all again. Truly.”

You can help Shaw out by donating via the following options:

Email – jacobpelzlshaw@gmail.com
Venmo – @JakeDefiler
PayPal – jacobshaw0@yahoo.com

[via The PRP]