Scary Kids Scaring Kids’ Tyson Stevens Passes Away


Last night, sad news was reported that Scary Kids Scaring Kids frontman Tyson Stevens had passed away.

Up until this morning, there was no confirmation about the singer’s passing, but Coma Prevail, Steven’s new band, confirmed the sad news in a post on Facebook.

On the social media account, Coma Prevail wrote: “Unfortunately the rumors are true. Out of respect for the family we will post details soon. Thank you.”

While the confirmation had not been made until hours after the headline hit the web, many tweets had begun to populate online from friends of the band and individuals showing their respect for Stevens. According to a source who spoke with Alternative Press, Stevens was found dead in his home in Tucson, but like Coma Prevail wrote, out of respect, we will wait for a confirmation from them and the family.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids called it a day back in 2009 when all members decided, mutually, that the band has run its course.

In honor of Stevens and this sad turn of events, here’s one of our favorite songs from Scary Kids Scaring Kids that would have been on several of our high school mixtapes (mixed CDs?).

Late GWAR Frontman Laid to Rest in Viking Style


It has been five months since GWAR lost founding member, Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus, but during the band’s annual GWAR-B-Q, the band set Urungus to reset the only way to set such a character to rest, with a Viking funeral.

In tradition with the ancient Norse custom, Brockie’s Oderus Urungus costume was laid out in a boat filled with offerings, launched into Hadad’s Lake in Richmond, VA and set on fire with a flaming arrow.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe had the honor or reciting the eulogy at the event which paid tribute to the late frontman and final original member of the metal band. In his speech, Blythe wrote about what a bog personality Brockie was, so big that he was “he only motherfucker I know who has to get put away twice.”

You can read his full eulogy below and watch some videos taken at the Viking funeral/ GWAR-B-Q.

“Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave’s costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool’s Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad.

But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just “left us”- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missed.”

Brockie passed away back in March. His body was discovered by his roommate that found him unresponsive. At the time, the police had said that there was no foul play involved, but it had been later revealed that Brockie had died from an accidental heroin overdose. Brockie was 50.

In memory of their former frontman, the rest of GWAR went on to crate the Dave Brockie Foundation with the assistance of their fans.

Tommy Ramone Passes Away at 65


It comes with great sadness to announce the death of punk rock legend, Tommy Ramone. Ramone, whose real name was Tom Erdelyi, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York. He was 65. The punk rock icon had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.

Erdelyi was one of the co-founder of the iconic punk group that helped bring in the genre that most of us love and even helped to influence many of the bands that we probably have on rotation at the moment.

Erdelyi was an intricate part of the band, writing many of the band’s early classics including “Blitzkrieg Bop,” though he only played on the band’s first three records. He left the band in 1977 to pursue a career in producing, which he had studied to do at the Record Plant studio in Manhattan. He trained to become a recording engineer. Most notably, Erdelyi prodcued The Replacement’s “Tim” in 1985. He left the band after the release of Rocket to Russia and was replaced by Marc Bell who would go one to become Marky Ramone.

The Ramones disbanded in 1996 after a show at the Palace in Hollywood. Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001; Dee Dee succumbed to a drug overdose in 2002; and Johnny passed away from prostate cancer in 2004 leaving Erdelyi as the only remaining (original) member of the punk rock band.

The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Maybe all the Ramones are finally getting along and having a great time in rock and roll heaven.RIP.

Lou Reed Passes Away at 71


In what might be one of the saddest and surprising news of the weekend, rock icon, Lou Reed has passed away.

The former frontman of the Velvet Underground who went on to make a name for himself as a solo artist, passed away Sunday, according to Rolling Stone. The musician was 71 years old.

According to Reed’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, the musicians’ death might have to do in part with a liver transplant that he was recipient of earlier in the year. Wylie also says that Reed is survived by his wife of five years, Laurie Anderson.

It has been reported that Reed did in fact die from liver disease according to Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Reed had his liver transplant surgery earlier this year.

“He died peacefully, with his loved ones around him,” Dr. Miller, who is the director of the hospital’s liver transplant program, said.

“We did everything we could. He really wanted to be at home,” he added as he explained that Reed wished to be home when the doctors at the hospital could no longer treat liver disease.

Back in March, he had to cancel several gigs in April; at the time there was no official word as to why he had decided to cancel his gigs. Then in May, he announced that the reason he had chosen to cancel his gig at Coachella was because he had to undergo a liver transplant in Cleveland at that time.

After receiving the transplant, he had to be rushed to the ER in June due to complications. At the time when he was being treated, the medical team feared that the complication resulted from the body rejecting the liver.

“I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote in a public statement once he was released from the hospital. “I am bigger and stronger than ever.”

A month after being released, he continued working, writing a review of Kanye West’s new release at the time Yeezus for the online publication, The Talkhouse.

“I have never thought of music as a challenge — you always figure the audience is at least as smart as you are,” he wrote. “You do this because you like it, you think what you’re making is beautiful. And if you think it’s beautiful, maybe they think it’s beautiful.”

Deftones Release Statement About Chi Cheng’s Passing


It has been almost two days since the Deftones lost their bassist, Chi Cheng. The band have finally released a statement about it on their social media outlets. They write the following to fans about Chi:

“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It’s time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.

Stephen, for Deftones”

“Rest in peace Chi Cheng,” the band’s lead vocalist, Chino Moreno, wrote on his Facebook page where fans left messages eulogizing Cheng.

At around midnight Sunday morning, Chi’s family wrote on the website, One Love For Chi dedicated to his honor, that the musician had passed away the morning before at 3a.m.; he was only 42.

In 2008, Chi was in an automobile accident that resulted in him being in a several year-long coma. In 2010, he started to show signs of improvement including, movement of his legs and responses to commands.