Category Archives: Celebrity/musician deaths

RIP Dolores O’Riordan 1971 – 2018

dolores-oriordan-1994

Heartbreaking news to report today that the leader singer of the Irish alternative rock band called The Cranberries just passed away suddenly today. Her name was Dolores O’Riordan. The Cranberries were an Irish alternative rock band who were big hit makers… they made songs that we all know and love. If you grew up through the 90’s like I did then you probably heard songs like “Dreams”, “Linger”, “Ode To My Family”, “Zombie” and others. MTV were obsessed with their videos and the FM radio stations all over the country were obsessed with their hits during the 90’s.

I used to be a big fan of them when I was in high school. Used to own their first two albums but don’t own them anymore, though. I used to listen to them a lot when I was a teenager. I got into the band ’cause like everyone else it was Dolores’s phenomenal voice that drew me into them. She did have a unique singing voice and she could play the guitar.

Already it’s a sad start for the new year in 2018. This is why you should support your music artists and give them as much love as possible ’cause you never know how long they’ll stay with us.

RIP Delores and thanks for the great music.

Kev

 

Advertisements

RIP: Malcolm Young 1953 – 2017

Malcolm-Young.jpg

Like most, I was pretty bummed to hear the news of the passing of Malcolm Young. He was the longtime rhythm guitarist and founder of the hard rock band, AC/DC. Angus and Malcolm formed the band AC/DC together in 1973.

If you play the guitar whether electric or acoustic then chances are, you’ve probably played AC/DC songs on it. Well, that was all the work of Malcolm Young. Yes, it was MOSTLY Malcolm that wrote AC/DC’s catalogue of music. Malcolm wrote AC/DC songs with his brother Angus, but it was Malcolm who did most of the work. Pretty much, Malcolm was the primary songwriter of the band. All those songs: “It’s A Long Way to the Top If You Want to Rock N’ Roll”, “Highway to Hell”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, “Hells Bells”, “Back In Black” etc. It was Malcolm that wrote all those tunes. Sure, Angus helped a little bit, but I remember him saying in an interview that all Angus mostly done was play solos and extra licks for the songs. Everybody wants to mistakenly believe it was Angus who did all the work, but it was all Malcolm. It was Malcolm who brought Ac/Dc a lot of success for the band. Like most bands, Ac/Dc started off as a local band in Australia before becoming a big institution like they are now.

I love Ac/Dc. Always did and always will. Ac/Dc was one of the bands that made me want to become a musician. They helped inspire me to pick an up an electric guitar. I love both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson eras. I dig all of their music. I admired Ac/Dc so much ’cause they never changed their style of music over the years. They’ve had the same style since the 70’s.

What I love about Ac/Dc is that all of their songs are very simple. Malcolm’s riffs were mostly simple chords. Yeah, all Ac/Dc mostly played guitar wise was mostly power chords and basic open chords but still they wrote killer songs! Ac/Dc proved that you don’t need to be a perfectionist when writing rock n’ roll.

Ac/Dc had fans of people of all ages from little children to full grown adults. I wonder what’s going to happen now that Malcolm is gone? Will they continue or will they break-up? I’m sure we’ll hear from Brian Johnson to see what he says. Angus and Malcolm never did interviews with the press that much. It was always Brian doing interviews for the band so I’m sure we’ll hear from him again soon.

I think it’s a possibility we’ll get one more studio album by Ac/Dc ’cause they’re probably gonna wanna make an album dedicated to Malcolm.

Kev

RIP: Tom Petty 1950 – 2017

I  didn’t want to post this tribute/obit to Tom Petty right away ’cause I was waiting for official confirmation on what was going to happen to him. Yesterday evening, there was a big debate in social media on whether or not Tom Petty was dead. Rumours were swirling social networking that he died after being hospitalized due to being in full  cardiac arrest. The media rushed in to announced his death without official confirmation which helped sparked the debate on whether he was dead then the media retracted the death reports after TMZ stated he was still clinging to life. Later on that evening, Tom’s manager and family confirmed his death and the Heartbreakers officially announced it themselves on their FB page.

Like most, this is a heartbreaker for me too. Tom Petty was a hero of mine musically. He was a big influence in my own singing and songwriting. Yeah, Tom was a hitmaker for sure. He wrote a lot of great hits, but he has tons of other great obscure songs that were never played on the radio. Do you listen to Tom Petty for the hits or for his albums? Well, I listened to him for his albums ’cause he was a phenomenal songwriter. I’ve listened to his music for years. Heard every studio album he did. Shamefully, I never got to see him live in concert when I always wanted to.

Tom Petty got his start in music when he formed his first band called, Mudcrutch. The band Mudcrutch signed a record deal, but it didn’t go so well for them ’cause their first single bombed in sales. They were forced to break-up, and this lead to Tom Petty forming the Heartbreakers later. The Heartbreakers released 13 albums with Tom, and Tom released 3 solo albums. Tom also did two records with the Travelling Wilburys (a supergroup he formed with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne), and then Tom reunited Mudcrutch not too long ago and they released two albums together. Yes, The Mudcrutch album, Mudcrutch 2 was Tom’s final project before he passed. Tom was a pretty hard working musician over the years of his life. Making records and touring pretty heavily; that was pretty much all he did.

I had great respect for him immensely. He was part of the reason I wanted to write my own songs. If you want to know more about Tom Petty’s life and career, watch the “Running Down a Dream documentary on Netflix. Tom Petty was a rock n’ roll genius for sure… everything he did was so good.

Will Tom’s record labels release one more Tom Petty album whether it will be with the Heartbreakers or his solo stuff? We’ll wait and see. I’m sure we will get one more Tom Petty studio album. I’m sure the Heartbreakers are gonna search in their vault ’cause I’m sure the band have plenty of songs that they threw away. They’ll do something for him.

Enjoy my Tom Petty cover tribute video below where I cover the song, “You Wreck Me”. I’m thinking of doing a few more Petty covers too.

RIP Tom and thanks for the kickass music.

Kev

 

RIP Hugh Hefner 1926 – 2017…

HughHefner.jpg

Sad news about Hugh Hefner. The man was a legend and a genius. Love him or hate him, he started the nudie magazine industry and then others followed such as: Penthouse, Hustler and the list goes on and on.

Hugh Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe gracing the cover first. Since then Playboy got bigger and bigger; the magazine became even more famous. Hugh turned Playboy into a  huge empire. Playboy was a giant and iconic; the magazine entertained men and even women all across the country. People over the years either looked at Playboy for either the nude pictorials or just the articles alone or both.

Admittedly, I used to look at Playboy over the years of my life.  I started looking at the magazine underage ’cause I was curious of what a naked woman looked like. I would think that’s how most men first discovered naked women was ’cause of Playboy. A lot of men claim they don’t look at Playboy for the pics; they look at it to read the articles, but you know that’s a lie most of the time. When you were a kid, you probably snuck Playboy magazines in your bedroom to hide between the mattresses of your bed so your parents won’t find ’em, admit it now, right? LOL I looked at Playboy for a pretty long time but as I got older, I decided to stop buying nudie magazines completely ’cause I decided to grow up.

While Playboy is mostly famous for its monthly nude pictorials with the centerfold poster in the middle of the magazine, the magazine featured a lot of celebrities over the years. It also featured WWE Divas like Sable, Chyna, Torrie Wilson,  Candice Michelle, Maria Kanellis and others.

I stopped caring about Playboy a long time ago but its legacy can’t be denied. Playboy is everywhere. The magazine certainly won’t be the same without him.

Hefner may have had multiple girlfriends which were mostly Playboy models he dated over the years, but he was still a legend. Love him or hate him, he was a part of all of our lives. Sad loss. 2017 did it again. RIP Hef and thank you. Admittedly, Hef was a hero to me too.

Kev

RIP: Bobby “The Brain Heenan 1944 – 2017

BobbyHeenan

If you’re a fan of old-school wrestling like myself then chances are, you’ve probably heard the name, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He was a wrestling manager and color commentator in the WWE back in the 80’s and early 90’s. He also worked for WCW for a little while.

Bobby Heenan was mostly known as a “heel” aka a bad guy in wrestling. I can’t remember him being, “babyface”? Maybe he was a babyface for a little bit but he mostly played a bad guy performer for most of his career. In the WWE, he mostly managed heel wrestlers such as Andre, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect most notably. When Heenan was color commentators during matches, he always sided with heel wrestlers and talk trashed to babyface wrestlers.

“The Brain” was a genius performer. He was one of those heel performers who was really good at getting people to boo him, and that’s a heel’s job. Fans hated, “The Brain”, back in those days. It was crazy. “The Brain”, had it all. He had the great mic work, the good looks and the man knew how to dress too.

Without “The Brain”, the wrestling industry wouldn’t have gotten to where it is today. He is a crucial performer in wrestling. The wrestling business and the fans looked up to him over the years. We’ve never forgotten how great of a performer he really was. “The Brain”, really knew how to put on a show, and he knew how to get people excited for matches which was a part of his job.

He was the best in the business. Without “The Brain”, there would have been no Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Macho Man, Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair, etc. “The Brain” got them all over and they got famous ’cause of him.

“The Brain” was a genius, and I loved watching him. Thank you, Bobby.

I’m sure Monday Night RAW tonight will do a little tribute for him.

Kev

RIP Glen Campbell 1936 – 2017…

GlenCampbell

I didn’t listen to him much over the years of my life but I do have only one album by him. The only album I own of his was “Ghost on the Canvas”, his 2011 studio album which was a beautiful record and still love that album. Even though I didn’t listen to him much, I still respect him and his legacy. I’m familiar with his classic songs.

The man had the full package: he had the good looks, he was a great singer and most of all… he was a killer guitar player! On the guitar, the man did more than just play chords and write songs on it… the man can fuckin’ play! I mean, this guy can shred! Youtube some of his guitar playing videos and you’ll see. He was a monster guitar player on both acoustic and electric. A lot of guitarists and famous musicians respected him.

I also remember he had an acting role in the John Wayne movie, “True Grit”. He was more than just a musician, he was a film actor too. He also hosted his own TV show I believe so the man was multi-talented for sure.

He was a phenomenal talent, though. He was one of the true country artists… when you listen to his music, you’ll think to yourself: “What happened to country music”?

RIP Glen and thanks.

Kev

 

RIP: Adam West 1928 – 2017

Damn. Another hero of mine just passed away… Adam West mostly famous as the original Batman and also famous for voicing himself as Mayor West in “Family Guy” TV show.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the original Batman TV series. Even though the show only lasted for three seasons, it was still a great show. Some people thought Adam West played the worst Batman ever but I never thought so. Adam was a great actor back then and he killed the Bruce Wayne/Batman role. I guess, comic fans in this day and age just don’t understand how Batman was back in the 60’s. “Batman: The Movie” and the TV series were trying to stay true to the comics in the 60’s ’cause the comics in the 60’s of Batman were in that style. Keep in mind, the Dark Knight didn’t exist yet back in those days.

Love Adam West or hate him, he was the one who helped make the superhero genre get mainstream. Without Adam West then DC and Marvel wouldn’t have gotten to where they are right now. We all have gotten into comics and superheroes ’cause of him, admit it right?

Really, the original Batman TV series and the movie, “Batman: The Movie” (which is streamable for Netflix, btw, just the movie not the TV show) was really good stuff. I thought Adam West was a great actor and he had a really good speaking voice too. Was perfect for Batman, I thought. Adam was the whole reason I love Batman. My love for the Batman character started since then.

Without Adam West then all of these other Batman movies wouldn’t have happened. If there was no Adam West, we wouldn’t have gotten Michael Keaton playing the character years later. If you call yourself a Batman fan but don’t like Adam West playing the character then you’re no true Batman fan. Sorry.

Thanks, Adam. You’re the reason we all love Batman.

Kev