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Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

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."

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The Pisdicables keyboardist killed in auto accident

The Pisdicables keyboardist killed in auto accident

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:

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Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

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.

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Erik Herzog of Bad Astronaut has passed away

Erik Herzog of Bad Astronaut has passed away

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 Astronaut’s drummer, Erik Herzog, an exceptionally talented musician and lifelong member of the Santa Barbara music scene. Our deepest condolences to Erik’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.

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The Business

Micky Fitz of The Business has passed away (-2016)

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.

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Leonard Cohen has passed away

Leonard Cohen has passed away

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.

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Prince Buster has passed away at 78

Prince Buster has passed away at 78

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.

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Suicide's Alan Vega (1938-2016)

Suicide's Alan Vega (1938-2016)

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.

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Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew has passed away

Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew has passed away

We have some terrible news to report. Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew passed away recently.

Mischief Brew was preparing for a European tour and had released This is Not for Children in 2015 via Alternative Tentacles.

Petersen became interested in punk rock as a teenager. After playing in high school bands, he formed The Orphans, his first band to release an official studio recording. The Orphans made a name for themselves in the local Philadelphia and West Chester scenes with their Germs meets skate punk style.

After the Orphans broke up, Petersen formed the short lived Kettle Rebellion, which would be a precursor to Mischief Brew. The band played a few shows before folding, but not before recording an album that would eventually be released in 2014 as Kettle Rebellion .

Petersen then began recording as an acoustic, solo artist. This project would eventually use the name Mischief Brew.

Mischief Brew's first incarnation was fairly unique for the time, blending anarcho punk with folk and medieval imagery. Eventually, the project would become a band and record acoustic and electric tracks. The band's first album was Smash the Windows , which was an almost fifty-fifty mix of anarcho punk and folk music. Then, in 2011, the band released The Stone Operation. , which was a substantial evolution for the band, finding them delving deeper into anarcho punk, using Crass and Rudimentary Peni as reference points. Their third and final full length, This is Not for Children , was released on Alternative Tentacles and again found the band evolving. This release bore the traces of the post-Crass record scene, with the clean propulsive style of bands like New Model Army.

The final incarnation of the band included Shawn St. Clair, Petersen's brother Chris Petersen, as well as the occasional appearance from early member Chris "Doc" Kulp. The group also released several archival releases which documented the band between their albums, including Songs from Under the Sink and Bacchanal ‘N’ Philadelphia .

Petersen is survived by his wife Denise as well as their treasured pugs, which adorned many Mischief Brew items. The band's final show was on July 8, with Culture Shock and World/Inferno Friendship Society. You can read a statement from editor John Gentile below.

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John Berry, original Beastie Boy, passes away

John Berry, original Beastie Boy, passes away

John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys has passed away at the age of 52. Berry passed away early Thursday morning in a hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts. According to Berry's father, Berry suffered from frontal lobe dementia which had recently worsened.

Berry was in the group's original incarnation when they were a hardcore punk band, along with Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Kate Schellenbach. Berry was on the seminal Pollywog Stew. After leaving the Beastie Boys, he was in groups including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe. Hear Pollywog Stew below.

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Government Issue

John Stabb of Government Issue has passed away

Unfortunately, John Stabb, the lead vocalist of Government Issue, passed away on May 7, 2016 of stomach cancer at the age of 54. Stabb was a key part of the early D.C. hardcore scene, first as part of the Stabs and then releasing the Legless Bull EP via Dischord in 1981.

The band then released the Boycott Stabb album in 1983. The band broke up in 1989. Unfortunately, in 2007, Stabb was badly assaulted by five men and required facial reconstruction. The band reformed as Government Re-Issue for a show in 2007 to help pay for Stabb's medical costs. The band also performed in 2014 with many original members.

The Punknews staff sends its condolences to John Stabb's family and friends. You can see the band's statement below.

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