Rockers We’ve Lost in 2014
As 2014 continues, we pay tribute to the rock and metal musicians we’ve lost this year. Some truly legendary and pioneering rockers along with heroes of the underground have left us in 2014, and, here, we remember their contributions to the music world. See the Rockers We’ve Lost in 2014 below.
The last surviving member of the original Ramones lineup, Tommy Ramone, passed away at age 62 following a battle with bile duct cancer. The trailblazing punk rock drummer played on the band's first three studio albums and the band's 1979 live disc 'It's Alive.' Tommy also co-wrote some of the band's most popular tunes like 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.'
Former No One guitarist Bob Bielarz died in late June following a boating accident that also killed his wife, Viengsavnh Bielarz, and friend Jeremy Muzika. While playing in No One, Bielarz toured alongside massive bands such as Slipknot and System of a Down.
Laaz Rockit founding drummer Victor Agnello passed away at age 50 following a battle with leukemia. Agnello started with Laaz Rockit in 1983, drumming on four full-length albums before departing in 1989. However, Agnello would once again return from 2005-2006 for a short reunion. When not thrashing with Laaz Rockit and helping pioneer the double-kick pedal's use in metal, Agnello successfully pursued a career in medicine, working as an allergist-immunologist in Huntersville, N.C.
Randy Coven, who toured, recorded and jammed with legendary musicians such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20 at the age of 54. Coven's most high-profile position was with Yngwie Malmsteen, acting as the guitar virtuoso's bassist from 1999-2000 and once again from 2000-2001. As of this posting, Coven's cause of death is undisclosed.
Early Judas Priest guitarist Ernie Chataway has reportedly passed away in May at the age of 62. Chataway spent nearly a year in the original incarnation of Judas Priest before going on to play with Earth, Bullion and Ricky Cool and the Icebergs. He was reportedly battling lung cancer in recent years. "I remember the first time we met at the auditions for a new guitarist for JUDAS PRIEST in 1969 — his looks reminded me of Marc Bolan," says former bandmate Al Atkins. "When he plugged in his guitar, he totally blew us away, and made [later JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] KK Downing look a complete amateur (who we'd auditioned earlier)."
Shortly after Antiseen celebrated their 30th year as a band, original guitarist Joe Young passed away at the age of 54. Along with craving their own path in the punk rock underground, Antiseen released the 1991 album 'Murder Junkies' with the infamous GG Allin and have collaborated with rock outlaw Hank Williams III. "Today we lost my friend and partner of 30 years," Antiseen posted. "Thank you for all the years of love and support that you all have given us. Please keep our brother Jeff Young in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Mighty Joe Young. I love you."
Shane Gibson, who performed as a touring member of Korn from 2007-2010, passed away in April at the age of 35. The guitarist died from complications due to a blood clotting disorder. Gibson went on to play with SchwarZenatoR, stOrk and others, also contributing to Korn singer Jonathan Davis' solo album 'Jonathan David and the SFA.' "Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person," wrote guitarist Munky. "Your kindness and talent will be missed. I’m very fortunate to have known you."
The metal world was shocked after learning of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie's death. Brockie's body was found on the evening of March 23. After the autopsy was performed, the singer's cause of death was ruled to be a heroin overdose. Brockie famously played the character of Oderus Urungus since 1984, becoming a larger-than-life character who despised humans and acted as ringmaster for one of the best live bands in history. Before this year's GWAR-B-Q, a public memorial will be held for Brockie.
The rock and punk world has lost one of its greatest drummers this year after Scott Asheton of the Stooges has passed away at age 64. Asheton joined Iggy Pop and his late brother Ron as part of the original Stooges lineup in 1967, releasing the classic albums, 'The Stooges,' 'Fun House' and 'Raw Power.' "My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night," Iggy Pop commented. "Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother."
Former Drivin' N Cryin' guitarist Buren Fowler passed away this year at the age of 54. Before Drivin' N Cryin', Fowler was actually a touring guitarist for R.E.M. After leaving his post, Fowler spent five years with Drivin' N Cryin'. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our brother-in-arms Buren Fowler," the band shared. "Words alone cannot express the sense of loss that we all feel. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his dear wife Paula and his family. We love you Buren. Godspeed."
Cry of Love singer Kelly Holland passed away on Feb. 24 at the age of 52. The musician died after battling a serious abdominal infection. Holland scored two big hits, 'Peace Pipe' and 'Bad Thing' from Cry of Love's debut album, 'Brother.' Shortly after, Holland was reportedly fired from the band. Cry of Love drummer Jason Patterson shared, “Kelly was the greatest rock and roll singer I’ve ever known, but the boy had some demons, too. Holland is survived by his 18-year-old son Elijah.