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
Eric Eycke, the singer on Corrosion Of Conformity's 1984 debut album, Eye For An Eye, has passed away. He left the band shortly after the release of that LP. Eycke had been in hospice, battling a number of health issues. The band issued a statement: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of one time COC vocalist Eric Eycke, who’s broad musical knowledge shaped the band’s early identity and who’s energy is evident on our first hardcore era album “Eye for an Eye”. This simply does not seem real. We traveled far and wide in a shitty van,blowing up stages together, trying to live up to the likes of The Bad Brains and Black Flag." Hear Eye for an Eye below.Read more
This weekend, soul singer Charles Bradley passed away at age 68. Bradley passed away from stomach cancer. He was initially diagnosed last year, but appeared to be beating the disease. However, earlier this month, he stated that the prognosis had gotten worse. Bradley's reps asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the All-Stars Project and Music Unites.
Bradley was touring in support of his Changes album and recently performed at Punk Rock Bowling in Asbury Park . See the amazing video for "Changes" below.Read more
Grant Hart, drummer and co-vocalist of the legendary Minneapolis band Hüsker Dü, has passed away. He was 56 and was known to have been suffering from cancer. As a songwriter Hart helped lay the foundation for what came to be known as the alternative rock sound, taking Hüsker Dü from their roots in the midwestern punk scene to international prominence and influencing a generation of bands after him. After Hüsker Dü fell apart, Hart performed in the band Nova Mob and later released a string of solo LPs, the latest of which was 2013's The Argument. Our deepest condolences go out to Hart's family, friends, and fans.Read more
Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave passed away suddenly last night in Detroit. Cornell had finished a concert at the Fox Theaer a few hours prior to his death. The cause of death has not been announced. Cornell was 52. Audioslave recently reunited at an anti-Inauguration gig. Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery stated: "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time."Read more
Unfortunately, Cel Revuelta, who was in the final incarnation of Black Flag during the band's original run, has passed away. In June 2016, Revuelta was diagnosed with brain cancer. Although he underwent an operation and treatment, he succumbed to the disease last week. He was 56. Punknews sends its condolences to Revuelta's family. The family will be posting a few final updates here.Read more
Mike Crampton, keyboardist for UK-based ska act The Pisdicables was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning, April 28th. Crampton and fellow musician James Montegriffo were both killed in a multi-car accident outside of Dartford, in Kent, UK. Eight other persons were injured in the crash, and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined by the authorities.
The band announced Crampton's death via their Facebook Sunday morning, stating:Read more
Unfortunately, rock n' roll legend and pioneer Chuck Berry passed away earlier today at the age of 90. No cause of death has been announced as of yet. He was known for such rock classics as "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock and Roll Music," "Maybellene" and many more as well as influencing countless bands. Berry is supposed to have an album coming out this year called Chuck.
Punknews sends its condolences to Chuck Berry's family and friends.Read more