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Injected Guitarist Jade Lemons Dies

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Sad news to report, as Jade Lemons, guitarist for the band Injected, has passed away. The news of Lemons’ death came from producer Butch Walker, who oversaw the band’s breakout 2002 album Burn It Black. The guitarist can be seen at the far left in the band photo above.

According to Walker’s online posting, Lemons died from an apparent drug overdose. In speaking about the loss of the guitarist, Walker lamented, “Nothing makes me more sad to see such talented and radiant people waste their f–king precious lives on drugs. Within the first two minutes of meeting Jade years ago, I wanted to be his best friend. He had that kind of allure and confidence — a beautiful creature with an open and unfiltered heart.”

Walker said that while he had lost touch with Lemons over time, every couple of years they would cross paths in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He went on to speak about the dangers of dabbling in excess, before concluding, “Jade, you were a diamond. A true star. Sleep well, buddy.” Walker full posting can be seen below.

During his time in Injected, the band scored rock radio airplay with the singles “Faithless” and “Bullet” off their Burn It Black album. In addition, the album’s title track was part of The Scorpion King soundtrack, “I IV V” got a Spider-Man soundtrack inclusion and the aforementioned “Faithless” turned up in The Fast and the Furious. Lemons left Injected not long after the album cycle ended, only to test the waters but eventually deciding against a reunion several years later. But in May of 2009, the original Injected lineup reunited onstage for a charity event.

In addition to his time with Injected, Lemons also played with Kenna and spent a brief period playing bass and singing backup vocals for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Our condolences to Lemons’ immediate family and his extended musical family.

Photo in Facebook post by David Rams.

Injected, “Faithless”

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