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RIP, Braindead Dave Devereaux (July 5*, 2011) Indie Record Store Owner

Posted by themusicsover on July 5, 2011

Dave Devereaux
January 31, 1970 – July 5*, 2011

Dave Devereaux was the owner of Force Of Habit Records, a popular independent record store in the Mission District area of San Francisco, California.  As a teenager, Devereaux moved with his family from Montreal, Canada to Southern California where he became obsessed with hard rock and punk, with Metallica, AC/DC and the Ramones being among his favorites.  He also did some DJing, which is when he came up with the nickname of Braindead Dave.  Devereaux eventually settled in San Fransisco, opening Force Of Habit in 2004, after building a worldwide customer following on eBay.  The store, which specialized in rare punk, vinyl and collectables, quickly became a local hang-out for area teens and music lovers of all ages.  One such loyalist was Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame who liked to pick through the shop’s 7″ single bins.   Devereaux liked to support the local music scene as well, often showcasing live bands at his store.  On July 5, 2011, paramedics discovered 41-year-old Dave Devereaux dead in his apartment.  Authorities initially speculated that he passed away either on that day or the one prior, while early autopsy tests proved inconclusive.  Foul play was not suspected, and according to online reports, Devereaux had been suffering from gastroesophageal problems in recent months.

*Date of death initially believed to be either July 4 or July 5, 2011.

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Died On This Date (August 26, 2005) Denis “Piggy” D’Amour / Voivod

Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2010

Denis D’Amour
September 24, 1959 – August 26, 2005

Denis D’Amour was the guitarist for Canadian thrash metal band, Voivod who were one of the first Canadian thrash bands to gain popularity outside of Canada. They, along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax were ushered in the thrash metal movement of the mid ’80s. Trained in classical violin, D’Amour later switched to guitar, later adding more of a King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Rush approach to his unique guitar playing. D’Amour was diagnosed with colon cancer in the summer of 2005. Having progressed at an alarming rate, surgery was not an option, so D’Amour died as a result of the cancer on August 26, 2005 at the age of 45.

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Died On This Date (February 2, 2002) Paul Baloff / Exodus

Posted by themusicsover on February 2, 2010

Paul Baloff
April 25, 1960 – February 2, 2002


Paul Baloff is best remembered as a two-time lead singer of Exodus, a popular thrash metal band that was formed by Kirk Hammett, before he left to join Metallica.  Baloff sang on the band’s 1982 Demo (which Hammett also played on), and Bonded By Blood.  He was let go by the band in 1986, after which he sang for Hirax and Pirahna.  He briefly fronted a reunited Exodus in 1997.  On February 2, 2002, Paul Baloff died following a stroke.  He was 41.

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Died On This Date (February 1, 1991) Chris Schlosshardt / Sea Hags

Posted by themusicsover on February 1, 2010

Chris Schlosshardt
September 30, 1964 – February 1, 1991

Chris Schlosshardt was the founding bassist for sleazy glam metal band, Sea Hags.  Formed in San Francisco in 1985,  the band quickly built a sizable following thanks, in part, to early gigs with the likes of Motorhead, the Ramones and the Cramps.  They also made a good impression on several respected members within the music community.  Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and Ian Astbury of the Cult offered their help to the band in those early days.  In 1987, the band signed with Chrysalis Records who released their critically acclaimed debut the following year.  Even with high-profile tours however, the record failed to click with buyers.  Internal problems forced the band to break up in 1990.  On February 11, 1991, Chris Schlosshardt was found dead of pneumonia.  He was 26.



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Died On This Date (September 27, 1986) Cliff Burton / Metallica

Posted by themusicsover on September 27, 2009

Cliff Burton
February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986

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Cliff Burton was the bassist for thrash metal band, Mettalica from 1982 to 1986.  Burton was still in high school when he formed his first band, EZ-Street.  But it was in 1982 that he would be asked to join the band that would eventually become one of the most successful hard rock bands in history.  Burton was playing for a band called Trauma and their tour brought them to the famed Whiskey club on the Sunset Strip.  In the audience were Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich who were so impressed they asked Burton to join the band and moved to the Bay Area because he didn’t want to relocate to Los Angeles.  Burton played on the band’s first three albums, Kill ’em All, Ride the Lightning, and their major label debut, Master of Puppets, which is considered by many to be the album that brought thrash metal into the mainstream.  While touring Europe to promote Master of Puppets, the band’s driver lost control of their tour bus, causing it to roll, and thus tossing the sleeping Burton out of a window.   The bus landed on Burton who was crushed to death at the age of 24.

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