Alan Myers, drummer for the pioneering new wave rock band DEVO from 1976 to 1986, passed away on June 24th, 2013 after a long bout with Brain Cancer. He was 58 years old. Myers’ uniquely metronomic drumming style can be heard on now legendary DEVO albums such as Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Duty Now for the Future and Freedom of Choice, the title track of which is one of my favorite DEVO songs. RIP Alan.
Iconic Film Critic and author Roger Ebert passed away today, April 4th, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. The Chicago Tribune, has a loving obit at This Link. RIP Roger, I miss you already.
Wow, this is so sad. Just a few days after the death of disco legend Donna Summer, another Disco-era icon, Robin Gibb, member of The Bee Gees, has passed today, May 20th, 2012, following a long battle with cancer. Gibb was 62 years old. His death leaves his older brother Barry Gibb as the last surviving member of the group. Robin Gibb’s twin bother, Maurice, passed away in 2003. RIP, Robin, and thanks for all the great music.
Man, this is some sad news right there. Adam Yauch, founding member of the legendary Beastie Boys, has passed away today, May 4th, after hard fought three year battle with cancer. The rapper, also known as MCA, was 47 years old. In addition to his talent as a rapper and musician, Yauch was also a filmaker who, under the psuedonym Nathanial Hornblower, directed many of The Beastie Boys’ videos, including the 2006 Beastie Boys concert film Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter. Rest in peace.
Tony Iommi, guitarist for Black Sabbath was born on this day February 19th, in 1948. While this Birthday finds Tony not in the best of health, Worleygig.com wishes Tony a successful treatment and speedy recovery so that he can get back to the business of making music that’s hard enough to crack a skull! Happy Birthday, Tony!
Actor and classically trained dancer Patrick Swayze, star of the blockbuster films Dirty Dancing and Ghosthas passed away in Los Angeles after losing his two year batter with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
Ricky, Rikki Rockett, Me and Mike Fasano, Glam Slam Metal Jam at Jones Beach, 2001
I’m a little late to the game on this one but I just found out that Ricky Parent lost his long battle with cancer on October 27th, 2007. He was 44 years old. Ricky played drums for one of my favorite bands, Enuff Z’Nuff and he was a super sweet guy and a great drummer. I first heard that Ricky had cancer a few years ago, when Enuff Z’Nuff’s former manager hooked us up with the idea that I might use my skills as a Reiki practitioner to help Ricky with his recovery. Sadly, we could never make that happen, but until this afternoon I thought Ricky had recovered from his illness. My heart goes out to Ricky’s family, friends and bandmates on hearing this sad news.