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Died On This Date (June 16, 1994) Kristen Pfaff / Played Bass For Hole

Posted by themusicsover on June 16, 2010

Kristen Pfaff
May 26, 1967 – June 16, 1994

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Kristen Pfaff was a late bloomer when it came to playing the bass.  Although she studied piano and cello in college, it wasn’t until after she graduated that she taught herself how to play the bass.  Pfaff soon co-founded Minneapolis local faves, Janitor Joe who would eventually sign to hip indie label Amphetamine Reptile Records.  While on a west coast tour with Janitor Joe, Pfaff was approached by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson to join their band, Hole.   Pfaff reluctantly agreed and packed her bags and moved to Seattle, where she helped ignite the grunge movement.  While in Seattle, Pfaff struggled with herion addiction just as the band was becoming popular outside the Northwest.  And then in April of 1994, close friend Kurt Cobain was found dead of what was ruled a suicide and everything changed.  Pfaff packed up and moved back to Minneapolis to rejoin Janitor Joe.  Sadly, Kristen Pfaff was found dead of an apparent accidental heroin overdose.

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Died On This Date (June 14, 1989) Pete de Freitas / Echo and the Bunnymen

Posted by themusicsover on June 14, 2010

Pete de Freitas
August 2, 1961 – June 14, 1989

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Besides being a respected producer, Pete de Freitas was best known as the drummer for the popular ’80s band, Echo & the Bunnymen. It was with Echo & the Bunnymen that de Freitas reached an international audience, thanks to such post-punk hits as “The Cutter” “Lips Like Sugar,” and “The Killing Moon.” They took the US by storm in 1984 with the release of Ocean Rain thanks in part to heavy video rotation on MTV. Sadly, de Freitas passed away on June 14, 1989 of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident while on his way home from filming Julian Cope’s “China Doll” video.

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Died On This Date (May 25, 2003) Jeremy Michael Ward / The Mars Volta

Posted by themusicsover on May 25, 2010

Jeremy Michael Ward
May 5, 1976 – May 25, 2003

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Jeremy Michael Ward was best known for his work with progressive alternative rock band, The Mars Volta, with whom he worked as a sound technician.  The band’s  2003 De-Loused in the Comatorium benefited from Ward’s obvious talent.  When not working with the band or its splinter projects, Ward was a pen and ink artist.  On May 25, 2003, roughly one month after the release of De-Loused, Jeremy Michael Ward was found dead in his apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.  He was 27 years old.

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Died On This Date (May 3, 1972) Les Harvey / Stone The Crows

Posted by themusicsover on May 3, 2010

Les Harvey
1945 – May 3, 1972

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Les Harvey was the guitarist for the Scotland blues-rock band Stone The Crows. Despite being Glasgow pub favorites and having the support of Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant as their producer, they were never able to attract much more than their loyal cult following. On May 3, 1972, while performing at Swansea Top Rank, Harvey grabbed an ungrounded microphone with wet hands and was electrocuted to death.

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Died On This Date (May 3, 1977) Helmut Kollen / Triumvirat

Posted by themusicsover on May 3, 2010

Helmut Kollen
March 2, 1950 – May 3, 1977

Helmut Kollen at right

Helmut Kollen at right

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Helmut Kollen played bass and sang for the German prog-trio, Triumvirat during the mid-’70s. With a sound akin to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Triumvirat attained modest commercial success which pretty much peaked with the 1975 release of Spartacus, an album that many consider a prog rock essential. After leaving the band after Spartacus, Kollen embarked on a solo career. Sadly that career was cut short on May 3, 1977 when Kollen went into his car to listen to some new tracks he had recorded. With the motor running and the car parked in his garage, Kollen died of carbon monoxide poisoning at age 27.

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