Ex-Dope/Murderdolls, Etc. Drummer Ben Graves Dead At 46

Ex-Dope/Murderdolls/Pretty Boy Floyd drummer Ben Graves has sadly passed away today (May 9) at the age of 46. His death follows an 11 month cancer battle. R.I.P.

His fiancée Lydia issued the following statement:

“A message from Ben’s fiancé, Lydia.

This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans.

Most of you don’t know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet.

Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can’t be won no matter how hard you try.

Please respect me, his family and close friends while we grieve. Even though we knew it was eventually coming, the complication was sudden and very unexpected.

It’s devastating to lose someone you love more than yourself. My heart is broken, my heart died with him.

We will be taking him home to Massachusetts. I will organize a memorial for Ben’s LA friends, details to follow…



Former Forbidden & Nevermore Guitarist Tim Calvert Dead At 52

Former Forbidden and Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert has sadly passed away at the age of 52. His death follows a battle with an aggressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). R.I.P.

Calvert’s sister, Vicky Calvert-Hawkins said the following:

“Heaven has gained another 😇 angel, my big bro, Tim Calvert. Tim passed away peacefully, Monday morning, after a long battle with ALS (Tim chose to keep his illness private). Myself, and my husband Bret, (along with several wonderful doctors, and hospice providers) are so honored to have been able to be Tim’s care giver, in our home, for the last 5 months. We are so incredibly thankful to have had this time to spend with Tim. November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018. Note the dash “-“ in the dates. Life is all about how you live your dash “-“….. And you, my dearest Timothy, did one hell of a bad ass, bang up job, living your dash to its fullest. Well done! Incredible musician 🤘🏼🎸, airline Captain 👨🏻‍✈️ ✈️ , world traveler 🌎 , lover of nature 🐞🌲 and animals 🐶🦇🐱, faithful Oakland Raiders 🏈 & Oakland A’s ⚾️ fan, comedian 😆, and supreme master guru of WW II military/aviation history and memorabilia. I love you, big bro❤️ Cheers, until I see you again 😘🍺”

Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero also commented:

“Beyond sorrow. We just found out Tim Calvert has passed. Some have known he was battling an aggressive form of ALS for a while now. It was all very private as per his wishes.

The greatest songwriter, musician and guitarist I have ever had the pleasure or creating music with has left the building. Tim’s genius will live on forever in the 3 Forbidden records he helped create with us.


Forbidden bassist Matt Camacho added:

“The great Tim Calvert passed away quietly this morning with his family present. It’s so like Tim to request we keep it quiet because he was such a humble soul, I believe he just didn’t want anyone to make a fuss over him.

Everyone who knows Tim is a better person for it. He was the kinda guy who had no enemy and was extremely talented at everything he did. Always really funny, the kind of guy who always had the witty come back and could talk Shit with the best of them, which when living on a tour bus was essential to be able to put band members in their place.

When he joined Forbidden I barely knew how to play, and Bostaph and Locicero didn’t have allot of patience to show me the songs. I would spend many of hours as Tim walked me through all of the painstaking details and putting in his own time making sure I wouldn’t get booted from the band.

Not allot of people know this about Tim, but after he stepped away from Nevermore who was an even bigger band than Forbidden, he went on to become a Pilot and became a Captain at United….what a bad ass Mother Fucker….dude left a legacy of incredible guitar playing and became an expert in a field people spend their whole life trying to achieve.

What a fine job you did Tim Calvert…..Life well lived!!!!!

The Good ones Die Way fucking to Young….This one is gonna be tough to get through”

Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis also commented:

“Truly a sad day today to learn about the passing of my dear friend and fellow bandmate Tim Calvert. Not just an incredible guitarist and songwriter, but one who followed his love and passion for aviation to become an airline captain. To this day I’m blown away by all of his accomplishments. ALS is a horrible disease and took my friend away far too soon. May you Rest In Peace Tim.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock Producer/Engineer Kato Khandwala Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Producer/engineer Kato Khandwala, who has worked with The Pretty Reckless, We Are Harlot, Pop Evil, Breaking Benjamin, My Chemical Romance, Drowning Pool, Papa Roach and many more, has passed away. His death comes as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. R.I.P.

10 years ago, while trying to put my band together, through a series of lucky events, I found myself sitting in my apartment on 23rd street in NYC across from two men, who, little did I know, would change the entire direction of my life. Unlike all the other musicians and producers I had met, here were two longtime best friends, with so much passion, they just breathed an infectious and uncompromising love of music. Their name’s were Kato and Ben. I found myself drawn to their relationship and it’s musical roots, I wanted to join their world. A few months later we would start making music together, and two best friends would become three. We were inseparable for the next 9 years, and formed a relationship we all knew would last a lifetime. It was everything. Then on Wednesday night, in a sudden moment, Kato was gone. He was our ring leader, our confidant, my best friend, my family, my soul mate. Nothing will be the same without him. All the character and music he brought to this world will have a lasting impact, and he will never be forgotten. I love you Kato, I will miss you every minute of every day, I don’t know what to do without you. Thank you all for the outpouring of love as we learn to deal with this tragedy. -Taylor

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Today the entire music community lost a true genius and musical visionary kato khandwala… Kato produced the debut Harlot album. He managed to guide 4 wild guys and the missile known as We Are Harlot to safety. Working with him day in and day out made the grueling life of recording a record a million times better. His snarky wit.. the donuts and chicken wings.. the love of music.. and the nonstop jokes that were around every corner made each day a better adventure. There was and is truly only one Kato in this world and we will miss him terribly. All the love we have and our hearts go out to Kato's two daughters and his other half Shannon ❤️❤️❤️ This profound loss goes to show once again just how short and valuable life is. And in true Kato form today he is bringing all the musicians and music industry people together as he always did. We miss you brother ❤️⚡️❤️

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It doesn’t seem real. I don’t understand this. I keep trying to think what you would say to me right now if you were here. Kato Khandwala…. father, son, partner, producer artist and to so many of us in the industry, a brother. Your kindness, guidance and unwavering support for me and almost anyone you came into contact with was inspiring. You were an example of living your life with integrity, love and peace in your heart. You always reminded me to live in the moment. You came into my life and continued throughout our friendship to have a profound impact on my sobriety. You taught me the power of defining my value as an artist and how to ask for and accept what I deserved graciously. For all these reasons and more I am a better man for having known you. My heart goes out to your children, your mother and Shannon. I love you so much and I’ll see you on the other side #katokhandwala #sfg #EternalSFGBrotherhood

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Cave In, Etc. Bassist Caleb Scofield Dead At 39

Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom, Zozobra) has tragically passed away at the age of 39. The musician’s death comes after he crashed his truck into a concrete barrier at a toll booth in Bedford, NH yesterday (March 28). According to Unionleader.com, the vehicle rolled over and burst into flames upon impact. The article goes on to say the truck “was so badly damaged in the crash and fire that authorities were unable to determine the identity or gender of the victim.” A memorial fund has been launched via youcaring.com. R.I.P.

Necrophagia Vocalist Frank “Killjoy” Pucci Dead At 48

Necrophagia vocalist Frank “Killjoy” Pucci has passed away at the age of 48. No cause of death has been revealed. R.I.P.

The band commented:

“We are so shocked and saddened to bring you the news of our dear brother Killjoy passing away this morning. We are at a loss for words. R.I.P brother you are forever in our hearts. We will cherish our moments together forever.
Frank (Killjoy) Pucci 1969-2018
Serge, Shawn, Jake“

Charlie “Chalo” Quintana (Ex-Social Distortion/Izzy Stradlin) Dead At 56

Charlie “Chalo” Quintana (ex-Social Distortion/Izzy Stradlin, etc.) has passed away at the age of 56. No cause of death has been revealed but a GoFundMe has been launched to bring his body from Mexico back to the U.S. R.I.P.

The following message was posted on Facebook:

“It is with heavy heart that we post our dear friend passed away.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Chalo was best known as a drummer for the old school punk band Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009.

He was a member of 1970s punk band The Plugz (which became a popular roots band in the 1980s), Cruzados, The Havalinas, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds, and has toured and/or recorded with Joan Osborne, John Doe, Cracker, Bob Dylan, Jimmy and the Mustangs, 47C and many others. He was briefly a member of Agent Orange, appearing on their 1996 album Virtually Indestructible.

Many had tried to help Charlie Quintana in his time of need, while others turned their back on him at his darkest hour. He moved Mexico from the US where he cared for stray dogs and loved his new life.

There are no words that will comfort those who loved him, and there are no words for those who made money off him and didn’t pay it back when he needed them.

To his family, friends and fans, our deepest condolences. Rest in Peace Chalo!”

Wormed Drummer Guillermo Calero Passes Away

Wormed drummer Guillermo Calero has passed away at the age of 27. No cause of death has been revealed. R.I.P.

The band commented:

“We have just received devastating news; unfortunately we have to tell you that g-Calero (Guillermo Calero) passed away last Friday.

From Wormed we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to your family, to your closest friends and colleagues. We still cannot believe what has happened. We’re still in shock when we find out that our friend and gang partner has gone so suddenly.

Guille, wherever you are brother will always be with us, you have been and will always be part of our little family. We love you friend and we will never forget all those great moments we have lived together! Soon we’ll meet you in that damn void called cosmos.

(Guillermo Calero ‘G-Calero’ 1990-2018)

To all promoters who have dates reserved for the band: we will soon make decisions about it. Thank you for your consideration in these hard days.”