Unfortunately, Stephen Hillenburg, the man who created Sponge Bob Squarepants, has passed away. He was 57. Hillenburg was diagnosed with ALS in 2017, but remained active in Sponge Bob projects until recently. Hillenburg and the rest of the Sponge Bob crew would often slip Punk and alt-rock bands into Spongebob projects including contributions from Motorhead, Lux Interior of The Cramps, The Flaming Lips, The Dwarves, and Bob Kulick of the Alice Cooper band. Hear some of those below.Read more
Sadly. Todd Youth passed away earlier Friday night or Saturday at the age of 47. A veteran punk and metal musician, Youth played and recorded with Murphy's Law, Warzone, Danzig, Bloodclot, D Generation, Fireburn, and many, many more acts. He also stood as a stand-in guitarist for a few Motorhead dates and even served as a studio musician for Glen Campbell. The cause of death is currently unknown. Hear some of Youth's recordings below.Read more
Johnny Strike, born Gary John Bassett, of first wave San Francisco punkers Crime has passed away. He was 70 and had been battling cancer for some time. During their original run, Crime issued three singles in the late '70s and early '80s. After their initial six year span, they would later issue a demo collection called San Francisco's Doomed and finally, in 2013 Murder by Guitar, which was a discography of their officially released studio material. The band also reunited in the 2000s and released a few studio albums, live released, and 7-inch records. Crime would influence many punk rockers, including Tesco Vee, Jello Biafra, Mario Rubalcaba, and Todd Swalla.Read more
Randy Rampage of D.O.A. passed away earlier this week. Rampage played bass on the D.O.A. classics Hardcore '81 and Something Better Change. After leaving the band in 1981, he played with several bands, including Annihilator and Stress Factor Nine. He returned to D.O.A. several times in the 2000s and appeared on a few of the band's latter day albums. Hear some of his recordings below.Read more
Sadly, Steve Soto of Adolescents passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday. Bandmate Dan Root stated, "I'm sorry to break such bad news in such an impersonal way, but the family of Steve Soto would like everyone to know that he passed away peacefully in his sleep today. I'm sure this is a terrible blow to all of you. He will be missed. We will be posting details on a memorial as plans are finalized." Frontier Records stated, "We are shocked & saddened to confirm that our wonderful friend Steve Soto passed away in his sleep. An immeasurable loss to music & humanity, the shock has yet to really sink in…"
The band had just completed an East Coast tour and was planning a European tour for early July. Soto had a long career in punk rock having also played with and contributed to recordings by Agent Orange, Manic Hispanic, 22 Jacks, Joyride, CJ Ramone, and many more. He was 54.Read more
Metal guitarist Ralph Santolla (Millenium, Deicide, Obituary) has died at the age of 51 after falling into a coma following a heart attack. His family made the decision to remove him from life support on Jun 6th, and he passed soon thereafter.
Santolla performed in many bands throughout his career, most notably Deicide and Obituary, and also released two solo albums.
Punknews expresses our condolences and thoughts to Santolla's family, friends, and fans.Read more
Celebrity Chef and punk rocker Anthony Bourdain passed away yesterday at age 61. Bourdain was working on an episode of his show “Parts Unknown” in France when he died. The cause of death has been stated as suicide. In 2015, Bourdain appeared on Damian Abraham's podcast where he detailed his early punk years. Hear that right here.Read more
Stewart Lupton of Jonathan Fire*Eater passed away on Sunday. He was 43. No official cause of death has been released. The last Jonathan Fire*Eater album was Wolf Songs For Lambs in 1997. Lupton last released A Little Give and Take, as collaborative project with Carole Greenwood called the Beatins in 2009.Read more
Steve “Grizzly” Nesbitt a founding member political reggae titans Steel Pulse passed away on january 18th at the age of 69. Steel Pulse posted on their facebook “It is with a heavy heart that we must pass the sad news that today, our brother, our friend, our time keeper for so many years, original founding member of Steel Pulse, Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett has passed away suddenly. As we the Steel Pulse family far and wide have lost someone so close to us, we will still take the stage in a few hours on the Jam Cruise, knowing that the joy that Grizz had bringing the Steel Pulse music and message to our beloved fans around the world, will continue on today, and his spirit, love, and love for you all will ring out across the seas, touching your heart and ours. Bless Grizzly, Rest In Power!” Nesbitt joined Steel Pulse in 1977 and played drums and percussion on their debut album Handsworth Revolution, their classic 1982 LP True Democracy, and Babylon the Bandit which won the Grammy for best reggae album of 1987.Read more
Mark E. Smith of The Fall has passed away at age 60. The cause of death was not released, though he passed away at his home. Smith's family stated that they would reveal more details in the next few days. Last year, Smith had to cancel some dates due to "rare medical issues."Read more
Tributes are being paid to Dick Slexia (real name Richard Adland), the former drummer for Brighton punk rock band The Piranhas. The band were part of the British first wave of punk bands in the late 70's and early 80's and were best known for their cover of the Jack Lerole song Tom Hark, which was reached the top 10 in the UK charts. Bob Grover, former singer paid tribute to him: "He was a trooper. He was a fine musician. We turned up at a venue one day in Brighton and Dick was waiting to do an audition with a different band and we basically just stole him from the other group. He was only 16 at the time and we were all in our early 20s." “We all went through the hard times together for three years. We then became more popular." Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.Read more
In a Facebook post this morning, the official Motörhead page has announced the passing of “Fast” Eddie. Better known by his stage name, Edward Allen Clarke died yesterday after being hospitalized for pneumonia treatment. He was 67 years old. In the post announcing his passing, The post spoke directly to Fast Eddie, stating, “keep roaring rockin’ and rollin’ up there goddamit man, Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!” Fast Eddie was the last surviving member of Motörhead's original recording trio.Read more
Legendary musician Fats Domino passed away last night or early this morning. He was 89. Domino passed away peacefully in his beloved New Orleans while surrounded by family. Domino sold over 65 million records and lived in New Orleans throughout his life. Domino's record "The Fat Man" was the first rock record to sell over a million copies. He also had many other hits such as "Blueberry Hill", "Ain't That A Shame" and "I'm Walking To New Orleans". Later in his life, after the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Domino played many benefits for the city and people harmed by the destruction. Hear some of Domino's tunes below.Read more
Tom Petty passed away on Monday night at age 66. Earlier that day he was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest in his Malibu home. Paramedics found that he had a pulse and transported him to the UCLA Medical Center. At the hospital he couldn't be revived and died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PST surrounded by family and friends. Petty's final release was with his band Mudcrutch (originally his early band before super stardom) titled Mudcrutcth 2.Read more