Help Musicians UK announce 24/7 mental health helpline for musicians

Richard Robinson, CEO for British charity Help Musicians UK, has announced that the charity will open a 24/7 helpline for mental health for musicians. The announcement was made during his appearance on BBC Radio 5 live. This year has seen two very high profile suicides in the rock and metal. Former Audioslave and Soundgarden singer … Continue reading “Help Musicians UK announce 24/7 mental health helpline for musicians”

Former Quo drummer backs tribute to Jim Kelly

Ex-Honeybus drummer Pete Kircher, who was also a drummer for rock legends Status Quo between 1982 and 1985, has backed a suggestion for a tribute to guitarist Jim Kelly. The suggestion was made by Kelly‘s family, who wish to have a plaque to the late guitarist in Baxter Park in Dundee, Scotland where the Jim Kelly made his … Continue reading “Former Quo drummer backs tribute to Jim Kelly”

Sir John Hurt passes away

The BBC have announced that British actor Sir John Hurt has passed away. He was 77. No cause of death has been given. Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2015, although spoke of his joy in October of the same year when it appeared to be remission. British actor Sir John Hurt dies … Continue reading “Sir John Hurt passes away”

The Roches’ Maggie Roche passes away

Maggie Roche, one of the three sisters who form the vocal group The Roches, has passed away. She was 65. Her passing was announced on the group’s official Facebook page. The post reads; “Friends, my dear, beautiful sister Maggie passed away today after a long struggle with cancer. She was a private person, too sensitive … Continue reading “The Roches’ Maggie Roche passes away”

RIP Carrie Fisher

Best known for her performance as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy and most recently Star Wars The Force Awakens, actress Carrie Fisher has sadly passed away after suffering a massive heart attack. She was 60 years old. Her death follows reports by the LA Times and TMZ that she suffered a massive heart attack whilst on … Continue reading “RIP Carrie Fisher”

Jazz legend Bobby Hutcherson passes away

Bobby Hutcherson, a much admired and accomplished vibraphonist, has passed away at his home in Montara, California. He was 75. His death comes after a long battle with emphysema as reported by the New York Times. Hutcherson‘s recording debut came in August 1960 with the Les McCann trio on Pacific West Records. He then performed on Groovin’ … Continue reading “Jazz legend Bobby Hutcherson passes away”

Gregg Allman cancels tour dates due to “serious health issues”

Gregg Allman‘s official Facebook page has stated that the musician has been forced to cancel tour dates through to October. The post cites “serious health issues” and that he is currently under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. The cancelled tour dates from the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA on 12th … Continue reading “Gregg Allman cancels tour dates due to “serious health issues””

2016 deaths that you probably missed

2016 has proven to be a miserable year in terms of keeping celebrities alive and well. Closing the very end of 2015 with the lost of a titan in Lemmy Kilmister clearly was a bad omen entering 2016 and has seen the grim reaper super accelerate his soul count! Metro UK made an impassioned plea beginning … Continue reading “2016 deaths that you probably missed”

Nick Menza – 1964 to 2016

On Saturday the 21st May 2016, heavy metal lost one of its seminal musicians and someone who was part of the creation of one of the best thrash metal albums of all time. Nick Menza passed away after collapsing on stage and suffering heart failure whilst performing for OHM at the The Baked Potato in … Continue reading “Nick Menza – 1964 to 2016”

André Rieu donates DVD proceeds to Colectiv survivors

Dutch violinist André Rieu has donated proceeds of his latest DVD titled Live in Bucharest to relatives and survivors of the Club Colectiv tragedy. As reported by AGERPRES, Rieu told the Romanian news agency; “that his music is all he has and that wanted to give more than money – he wanted to help”. The violinist was attending … Continue reading “André Rieu donates DVD proceeds to Colectiv survivors”