Category Archives: In Memoriam

As applicable this category will be used to remember those entertainment personalities that we lost.

Legendary Photographer Mick Rock Has Passed Away (1948-2021)

We’ve just learned of the passing of legendary photographer Mick Rock at the age of 73. This photo by Natalie Rock was posted on his Official Facebook along with a family statement. Please read on.

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Mick Rock by Natalie Rock

Family Statement:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.
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Legendary Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Has Died (1941-2021)

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Just a short time ago, the members of The Rolling Stones took to their Twitter account and shared the news about the passing of their drummer the legendary Charlie Watts. Charlie was recovering from a medical procedure and set to miss touring dates. He was 80 years old and their tweet has been embedded for your review.

Readers might recall that we recently shared the news about Watts sitting out the rescheduled dates for the “No Filter Tour” after his having an unspecified medical procedure. It had been pointed out that a significant recovery time was necessary and in his place for the time being would be Steve Jordan. The rich and involved music history of such a musician like Charlie Watts is too deep to recant here and I sad to share that despite my almost lifelong appreciation of their music and his solid time-keeping that I never managed to witness The Rolling Stones in concert. As a drummer myself, Charlie’s patterns were among the first that I would learn with the pickup bands I worked with as a young musician. I remember needing to learn songs like “Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black” along with “Sympathy For The Devil”. Since I was playing in Hard Rock and Metal bands these were numbers that were easy to speed up a bit and make a little more heavier than the original but I digress. It’s obviously too early in the news to know what plans The Stones have for the drum throne but I will venture to guess that Jordan remains in place for the duration. He is a skilled player and one who will do Charlie’s memory a proper justice. We wish the family, friends, band mates in the Stones and the worldwide fans of the great Charlie Watts the deepest of condolences during this sad time. Thanks for the music that will live on in so many memories for years to come. May you Rest In Peace.

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ZZ Top’s Founding Bassist Dusty Hill Has Died (1949-2021)

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This sure has been a terrible week for music as Monday we learned of the death of Metal Church’s Mike Howe, Tuesday’s news was the passing of Slipknot founding drummer Joey Jordison and now the band ZZ Top has shared the sad news about the passing of their bassist Dusty Hill. Born Joseph Michael Hill, the musician passed away in his sleep and was 72. Their statement follows the photo we have taken from their Official Facebook Page.

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ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill from Facebook

Band Statement:
“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


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Founding Slipknot Drummer Joey Jordison Has Died (1975-2021)

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While still rattled from yesterdays news about the shocking passing of Metal Church’s Mike Howe, we learned just a short time ago that founding Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison (born Nathan Jonas Jordison) has died at age 46. A statement from his family is below the photo.

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Family 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,” the statement reads. “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,” it continued. “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,”.

Slipknot Official Statement:
Our hearts go out to Joey’s family and loved ones at this time of tremendous loss. Joey Jordison’s art, talent, and spirit could not be contained or be held back. Joey’s impact on Slipknot, on our lives, and on the music that he loved, is incalculable. Without him there would be no us. We mourn his loss with the entire Slipknot family. We love you, Joey.


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Metal Church Announces The Passing Of Singer Mike Howe (1965-2021)

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We’ve just learned the news about the passing of Metal Church lead singer Mike Howe from the bands Official Facebook Page. I’ve shared a photo that we took of the musician back in 2016 during an incendiary performance at the B.B. King Blues Club. The bands statement and additional thoughts are below the photo.

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Mike Howe w Metal Church in NYC (2016) by Ken Pierce

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