There's sad news to report as Allan Fryer (pictured at center), the vocalist for Aussie metal act Heaven, has passed away following a long battle with cancer.

In 1980, Fryer reportedly auditioned for AC/DC after the death of Bon Scott and was under consideration for the gig until the group decided to move forward with Brian Johnson.

Not long after, Heaven formed in 1980 in Sydney, Australia, and Fryer fronted the group on their 1982 disc, Twilight of Mischief, as well as 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread and 1985's Knockin' on Heaven's Door. They toured the U.S. for the albums, but started to fade in the latter portion of the '80s.

The group would reform in 1998 for a pair of shows and once again in 2001 to serve as support for Judas Priest on the band's Australian trek. And in 2012, the band reunited again for an Australian tour with Rowan Robertson taking over on lead guitar.

Our condolences to Fryer's family, friends and bandmates.

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