ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has sadly passed away at the age of 72. This news comes after the bassist recently left tour early due to a “hip issue.” The band commented:
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.” You will be missed greatly, amigo. Frank & Billy”
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has sadly passed away at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed.
Jordison’s family issued the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. He was 46.
Joey‘s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.
To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.
The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.
The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Metal Church singer Mike Howe has sadly passed away at the age of 55. The band issued the following statement:
“It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.”
Founding Kansas violinist and co-vocalist Robby Steinhardt has sadly passed away. The musician was 71 years old.
Steinhardt’s family issued the following statement:
“Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on, ‘Dust in The Wind,’ ‘Point Of No Return’ and ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.
Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.
Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.”
Kansas also commented:
“The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.
Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.
What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.
We love him and will miss him always.
Former KISS and Cinderella touring keyboardist Gary Corbett has sadly passed away. This news comes after he was previously diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer that spread to his brain and hip.
Corbett’s family issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the Cohen/Corbett family needs to let everyone know that after a hard-fought battle with cancer Gary Corbett passed away last night on Wednesday [July] 14, 2021 Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding. A memorial event is being planned. The details will come at a later date Today is Gary’s birthday. Please keep Gary and our family in your thoughts and your heart. Gary Corbett will be truly and deeply missed by all who know him. Lenora Corbett/Cohen and Mindy Cohen.”
KISS and Cinderella both commented as well:
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Corbett to cancer. In addition to being a successful songwriter and session musician, Gary played keyboards on Paul’s first solo tour and with KISS during the Crazy Nights, Hot In The Shade and Revenge tours. We shared many great times back then and send our condolences to his wife Lenora and his family.”
“Late [Wednesday] night, while we were still trying to process the sad news of losing Jeff, we got word that our long time keyboard player Gary Corbett lost his battle with cancer. Gary was a talented musician and good hearted friend. He toured with Cinderella on and off for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to Gary’s wife Lenora and his family and loved ones. RIP Gary.”
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar has sadly passed away at the age of 58. The band issued the following statement
“Heavy hearts cannot begin to describe the feeling of losing our brother Jeff. The bond between us over decades of creating music and touring the world is something that we as a band uniquely shared. Those memories with Jeff will be forever alive in our hearts. It’s unimaginable that one of our band brothers has left us. We’re sending his wife Debinique, his son Sebastian, family, and friends our deepest condolences. Jeff’s memory and music will be with us forever. We all… band, family and management appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love. Rest In Peace Jeff
– Tom, Eric & Fred”
Former The Bunny The Bear clean vocalist Chris “The Bear” Hutka has sadly passed away. The band’s unclean vocalist Matthew “The Bunny” Tybor issued the following statement:
“As some may have heard… our original singer Chris Hutka has passed away. I’ve known Chris since I was 15, and we spent the better part of a decade causing trouble together, making music, having ins…and having outs. All while creating thousands of memories I will never forget. Chris had a massive heart, and an undeniable talent. The voice of an angel. Nothing will ever change the love I have for him, and I know many of you feel the same. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace man ❤️🐻.”
Former Uriah Heep singer John Lawton has sadly passed away at the age of 74. The band commented:
“It is with deep regret that we share the devastating and tragic news of the sudden and totally unexpected passing of John Lawton on 29. June 2021. Contrary to reports, there was no illness involved, which makes his passing incomprehensible. He went peacefully with his wife at his side. John will be greatly missed. A private funeral service to celebrate John’s life will be held following his wishes, with only family and close friends attending. We would appreciate that the family’s privacy is respected during this difficult time.”
Hum drummer Bryan St. Pere has sadly passed away at the age of 52. The band issued the following statement:
“It is with very heavy hearts and tear filled eyes that we share the news that our beloved friend and bandmate, Bryan St. Pere, has passed away. We are devastated and deeply saddened by his sudden, and unexpected passing. Bryan was a dear friend, a loving father, brother, and was an incredible person and musician. We all feel extremely lucky to have shared time and space with him. Peace and love to all who knew Bryan, and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. –Jeff, Matt, and Tim“
Brendan “Stu” Maguire (Bane, Reach The Sky) has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by hate5six‘s Sandeep “Sunny” Singh, who shared a tribute video, along with the following message:
“Last night, June 27, 2021, Brendan Stu Maguire of Bane/Reach the Sky passed away surrounded by friends, family and bandmates. I never shared this. This was moments after Bane played their final note. When I think of this band I think about how deeply they all love each other. It showed in their music and it showed in them as people. I’m with Stu forever.”