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
According to a post from the Fat Wreck Chords Facebook page, Bad Astronaut drummer Erik Herzog has passed away. The band, which also featured Joey Cape, released three albums and one split with Armchair Martian. Fat Wreck Chords stated, "We are very sad to report the passing of Bad Astronautâ€™s drummer, Erik Herzog, an exceptionally talented musician and lifelong member of the Santa Barbara music scene. Our deepest condolences to Erikâ€™s family and to our friends in Bad Astronaut: Joey, Marko, Todd, Angus, and Thom. " Punknews sends its condolences to Erik's family and friends. Photo by Gwendolyn Lee
You can read the label's full post here.Read more
Micky Fitz the lead vocalist of The Business has passed away. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2015. No official announcement from the band has been made as of yet.
The Business were one of the UK's first Oi bands. After a string of early singles, including the hit "Smash the Discos," the band released their debut album Suburban Rebels in 1983. The band's original run lasted until 1988. They reformed in '92 and have been a unit since then. They were influential on many punk rockers, including Lars Frederiksen, Andy Lefton, Dropkick Murphys, and many more. Punknews sends its condolences to Micky's family and friends.Read more
Sometime yesterday or the day before, singer song writer Leonard Cohen passed away, at age 82. Cohen's family made the announcement last night via Cohen's facebook. His family stated that there will be a private service. Cohen released his latest album, You Want It Darker last month. You can see the statement below.Read more
Jamaican ska/rocksteady/reggae star Prince Buster has passed away. Buster, birth name Cecil Bustamente Campbell, was from Kingston, JA. Buster was an important part of the early ska scene. Likewise, his contributions were a large influence on the British two tone scene. Prince Buster was 78. Hear some of his hits below.Read more
Alan Vega, vocalist for the influential protopunk act Suicide, died this past Saturday. He was 78. The news was first reported by Henry Rollins on his website along with a statement from Vega's family. It reads, in part: "One of the greatest aspects of Alan Vega was his unflinching adherence to the demands of his art… After decades of constant output, the world seemed to catch up with Alan and he was acknowledged as the groundbreaking creative individual he had been from the very start." The full statement can be found below.Read more