Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. Stone performed alongside Eddie and Alex Van Halen in pre-Van Halen bands Genesis and Mammoth and was a member of Van Halen from 1972 to 1974. His brother Brad Stone issued a brief statement: “My beloved brother Mark passed this morning. #markstone #vanhalen #fanhalen”.
Former Trivium bassist Brent Young has sadly passed away. Frontman Matt Heafy commented:
“We have just been given word on the passing of one of the early members of Trivium, Brent Young. Having had a couple wonderful years with Brent in the Florida local band scene, doing the Blue demo and ETI together, the very first European mini-tour and first USA tour together – I have nothing but amazing memories of a wonderful person. Our hearts and condolences go out to all of Brent’s family and friends.”
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We have just been given word on the passing of one of the early members of Trivium, Brent Young. Having had a couple wonderful years with Brent in the Florida local band scene, doing the Blue demo and ETI together, the very first European mini-tour and first USA tour together – I have nothing but amazing memories of a wonderful person. Our hearts and condolences go out to all of Brent’s family and friends.
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.
Uriah Heep’s Mick Box issued the following statement:
“Lee was one of the kindest men on earth, as well as being a brother he was an incredible drummer, singer and song writer! He had a passion for life bar none and was much loved by the fans, as well as anyone who crossed his path! Rock in peace my friend and say hi to David,Gary, John and Trevor for me! This picture says it all! Love Mick x”
Ozzy Osbourne also commented:
“It’s been 39 years since I’ve seen Lee but he lives for ever on the records he played on for me, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Lee Kerslake RIP”
This news comes after Osbourne previously honored Kerslake’s wishes by presenting him with platinum album certifications for “Blizzard Of Ozz” and “Diary Of A Madman” in 2019.
Original Bad Brains vocalist Sid McCray has sadly passed away. No cause of death has been revealed. Fans can help McCray’s family with funeral expenses by donating HERE.
Guitarist Wade Allison (Iron Age, ex-Mammoth Grinder) has sadly passed away. No cause of death has been revealed.
This news follows the tragic death of Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, who previously told The Guardian the following about Iron Age in 2017:
“Power Trip definitely wouldn’t be the band we are without Iron Age. Those guys are sort of like our older brothers, and showed me a lot of really good music, not just thrash metal but a lot of cool shit in general … The way Wade Allison writes his riffs is like no other guitar player that I can name, and I think it’s insane to have had a band that had a style that was so distinctly their own.”
A number of tributes for Allison can be found below:
The Agony Scene’s Jay White has sadly passed away. This news comes after a GoFundMe was previously launched for the bassist, who was undergoing dialysis treatments for an undisclosed illness. The band commented;
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we regretfully inform you all of the passing of our friend and bandmate Jay White. Jay was a uniquely special individual who made a serious impact in his short time on this earth. He was a true force of nature that we will all miss dearly. Rest easy, we love you Jay.”
Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale has sadly passed away. He was only 35 years old.
Power Trip issued the following statement:
“Dear Power Trip fans worldwide. It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night.
Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends.
We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind. You, the fans, meant so much to him, please know how special you are.
If you have a memory of Riley please share it, no matter how small, as we remember him.
Please respect our wishes for privacy during this time.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Dallas Hope Charities, the link to donate directly is here.
Signed, Riley’s Loving Family
P.S. Funeral and visitation arrangements are pending.”
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has sadly passed away at the age of 64. The band commented:
“We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed. Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform.”
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has sadly passed away following a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 68 years old.
Frankie’s wife Regina issued the following statement:
“He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on August 20th in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”
“Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals all of whom are family. He was a long time advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Pancan.org, Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.”
Bassist Pete Way has sadly passed away at the age of 69. Way was a founding member of UFO and Waysted and he also previously performed with Ozzy Osbourne and more.
The following statement was issued:
“Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.
He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.
Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete’s energetic live performances were at the heart of the band’s countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue of enduring rock classics upon which UFO’s reputation and legacy were founded. Pete’s post UFO work included collaborating with “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motörhead – the two putting together Fastway with Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. Pete’s keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.
Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.”