Fallen Heroes: Remembering the Rockers We Lost in 2012
Sammi Chichester | Dec 23, 2012 | Comments 3 | Tags: Beastie Boys, Deep Purple, Diamond Head, Gorguts, Incantation, Marshall, Montrose, No Use for a Name, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Suicide Silence, Twisted Sister, Urgehal, Visions of Atlantis
Revolver looks back on hard-rock and metal musicians and friends of heavy music who passed away this year. Rest in peace.
Joey “Fingers” Lombard
The bassist of death-metal band Incantation from 2001 to 2006, Lombard committed suicide in January at the age of 42. Incantation drummer Kyle Severn said, “Joey was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
The ex-vocalist of power-metal group Visions of Atlantis died of an undisclosed disease at the age of 27. The band released a statement saying, “Without Nicole, Visions of Atlantis would have never been born and her unique voice and personality were a big part of VoA.”
A former drummer for New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers Diamond Head and UFO, France died of unknown causes at the age of 53.
One of the founding members of New York City heavy-metal band Riot, the guitarist died at the age of 57 due to complications with Crohn’s disease.
Jim “Lord of Loud” Marshall
The founder of Marshall Amplifications died at the age of 88. His amps are a weapon of choice of bands including Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Mastodon, Black Label Society, In Flames, Trivium, and more.
The guitarist not only played in hard-rock band Montrose–which also featured future solo artist and Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar–but also did session work for acts like Van Morrison. Montrose died at the age of 64 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The drummer for Twisted Sister and The Dictators died of esophageal cancer at the age of 61.
Adam “MCA” Yauch
Co-founder of the Beastie Boys–who helped spearhead the crossover between rap and metal with songs like ”(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)” and “No Sleep till Brooklyn,” the latter featuring Slayer’s Kerry King on lead guitar–MCA died after years battling cancer. He was 47.
The frontman for black-metal band Urgehal passed away at the age of 34. His bandmates said, “He died a peaceful and natural death at one of his favorite places, surrounded by woods and crystal lakes.”
The guitarist, who played in tech-death outfit Gorguts, notably on their seminal Obscura album, died of post-surgical complications at the age of 41.
Mark “Bam Bam” McConnell
The drummer for Sebastian Bach died on May 24.
The pianist and organ player, who played with Deep Purple and Whitesnake, died at age 71 of cancer. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello wrote on Twitter: “R.I.P. the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s cornerstone/keyboardist. So many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thank you.”
The frontman of the punk band No Use for a Name died at the age of 41. Fat Mike of NOFX said, “One of my dearest friends and favorite songwriters has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.”
The Suicide Silence vocalist died at the age of 28 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. The band said, “This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.” You can contribute to the Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund to help pay for the education of Lucker’s daughter, Kenadee, right here.
Guitarist for industrial-metal stalwarts Ministry and Texan thrashers Rigor Mortis, Mike Scaccia died at age 47 after collapsing onstage while performing with the latter band. Scaccia joined Ministry in 1989 and played on their landmark Psalm 69 album, as well as Filth Pig, Animositisomina, and 2012′s Relapse. You can contribute to the Mike Scaccia Family Fund right here.