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Died On This Date (June 4, 2015) Allan Fryer / Lead Singer of Heaven

Posted by themusicsover on June 4, 2015

Allan Fryer
DOB Unknown – June 4, 2015

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Allan Fryer is perhaps best remembered as the lead singer of popular ’80s Australian heavy metal band, Heaven.  Following the death of Bon Scott in 1980, Fryer auditioned to replace him in AC/DC.  It was believed he secured the role until a surprise announcement (at least to him) that Brian Johnson had in fact been given the job.  Fryer went on to form Heaven whose sound was definitely cut from the same cloth as AC/DC, at least on the early records.  They  eventually grew into a more NWOBHM sound.  Heaven found some success in the US, enough to tour with Dio and Motley Crue in 1982.  Throughout their run, the band released four albums and also toured with Judas Priest, KISS, and Iron Maiden.  On June 4, 2015, Allan Fryer died following a long struggle with cancer.  He was 60.

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Died On This Date (September 27, 2013) Lorne Black / Bassist For Great White

Posted by themusicsover on September 27, 2013

Lorne Black
DOB Unknown – September 27, 2013

Lorne Black at left.

Lorne Black at left.

Lorne Black is perhaps best remembered as the original bassist for Los Angeles metal band, Great White.  Originally formed as Highway in 1978, the band morphed through a few different names and lineups until finally settling as Great White with Black on bass during the early ’80s.  Black played on the band’s debut EP, Out Of The Night as well as their first three LPs, Great White, Shot In The Dark, and Once Bitten while helping them build a sizable following outside their hometown by nearly non-stop gigging.  Those early shows included tours supporting Whitesnake and Judas Priest.  After parting ways with the band during the late ’80s, Black went on to play in a prog rock band, LBC, do soundtrack work, and record at least one solo album, Who’s Doing Who?.  Lorne Black passed away on September 27, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (May 2, 2013) Jeff Hanneman/ Founding Guitarist For Slayer

Posted by themusicsover on May 2, 2013

Jeff Hanneman
January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013

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Jeff Hanneman was a founding guitarist for influential thrash metal band, Slayer. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, the band quickly broke through and went on to sell upwards of 20 million albums.  Slayer’s impact on thrash is such that the band, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth are simply referred to as The Big Four.  Born in Oakland, California, Hanneman eventually settled in Southern California where he initially took a shine to punk  rock.  By the early ’80s, Heanneman was taking note of  metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, so when he ultimately joined forces with Kerry King to form Slayer, he helped introduce the fast aggression of punk to metal.  Jeff Hanneman was 48 when he died of liver failure at a hospital near his home.

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Died On This Date (September 28, 2009) Gordon “Gungi” Paterson / Respected Sound Engineer

Posted by themusicsover on September 28, 2010

Gordon “Gungi” Paterson
DOB Unknown – September 28, 2009

Gordon Paterson was a beloved sound engineer who worked the “front of house” at countless shows for some of popular music’s biggest acts.  He also worked as a tour manager and production manager for many as well.  Throughout his career, Paterson worked tours for the likes of Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, A Perfect Circle, Tears For Fears, and Fiona Apple.   Gordon “Gungi” Paterson passed away on September 28, 2009 following a three year battle with cancer. More about Gungi can be found at Friends Of Gungi.

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Died On This Date (May 17, 2004) Alex Nelson / Lizzy Borden

Posted by themusicsover on May 17, 2010

Alex Nelson
February 24, 1963 – May 17, 2004

alexnelson1Alex Nelson was a guitarist for Los Angeles shock metal band, Lizzy Borden during the mid ’80s.  He replaced original guitarist, Tony Matuzak.  He stayed with the band on and off through 2004.  Although generally associated with the hair bands of the day, Lizzy Borden had more in common with Alice Cooper and Judas Priest.  He was killed in a head on collision on May 17, 2004.

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