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RIP, Robert Dahlqvist (February 3, 2017) The Hellacopters

Posted by themusicsover on February 3, 2017

Robert Dahlqvist
April 16, 1976 – February 3, 2017

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Robert Dahlqvist is best remembered as the longtime guitarist for Swedish garage band, the Hellacopters.  His tenure with the group ran from 1999 to 2008, and again for a recent live album set to come out at a later date.  Born in Uddevalla, Sweden, Dahlqvist learned to play the guitar at a very young age.  In 1999, he joined the Hellacopters who were already a popular band across Sweden and beyond.  He played on their next several releases over the following decade.  The Hellacopters built a loyal legion of fans worldwide due to their fiery loud-guitar, and pounding drum/bass sound that draws influence from the likes of KISS, the Ramones, MC5, and the Stooges, to name a few. While playing with the Hellacopters, Dahlqvist also found time for two side-project bands, Thunder Express and Dundertåget, two bands that were not sonically dissimilar to the Hellacopters.  Robert Dahlqvist passed away on February 3, 2017.  Cause of death was not immediately released. He was 40.

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Died On This Date (July 11, 2014) Tommy Ramone / The Ramones

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Tommy Ramone (aka Thomas Erdelyi; Born Erdélyi Tamás)
January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014

tommy-ramoneThomas Erdelyi, later to be more widely known by his stage name, Tommy Ramone, was the founding drummer for the highly influential rock band, the Ramones.  Until he passed away, Erdelyi had been the last surviving member of the original foursome.  Formed with former high school classmates, Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), and Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) in 1974, the Ramones were considered by many to be the first real punk band.  When discussing his Underground Garage channel on Sirius Satellite, Little Steven Van Zandt described its programming as “groups that inspired the Ramones, groups inspired by the Ramones, and the Ramones.”  Originally slated to be the band’s manager with Hyman on drums, Erdelyi was quickly moved behind the kit when Hyman realized he couldn’t keep up with the tempo of the songs they were writing.  He pretty much became drummer by default since no one else wanted to.  Erdelyi remained in the band until 1978.  He played on and co-produced the band’s first three studio albums as well as their 1979 live album, It’s Alive. Erdelyi was also an accomplished producer as well, most notably of the Replacements‘  Tim album.  He returned to the Ramones camp to produce their 1984 album, Too Tough To Die.  Tommy Ramone was 62 when he died in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.

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Died On This Date (June 18, 2013) Alastair Donaldson / aka William Mysterious of the Rezillos

Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2013

Alastair Donaldson
April 27, 1955 – June 18, 2013

Alastair-DonaldsonAlastair Donaldson is perhaps best remembered as the bassist – though under the moniker William Mysterious, for the Scottish punk/new wave band, the Rezillos.  Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Donaldson picked up the bass at an early age and in 1975, joined Silly Wizard, a folk band.  He soon left the group to join the Rezillos, one of punk rock’s first generation bands.  Initially working as the group’s saxophonist, Donaldson soon switched to bass.  One Donaldson disciple, J Mascis once noted that his contributions to Can’t Stand The Rezillos could very well be the best bass playing ever from any recording from the storied Sire Records catalog.  That album – the band’s first and only studio release – reached #16 on the UK charts and has been called one of the best 50 punk albums from the original era. The LP spawned three charting singles in England. Following its release, the Rezillos landed the opening slot for the Ramones UK tour after which, Donaldson left the group.    The Rezillos broke up on 1978 but quickly regrouped with new members as the Revillos and released Rev Up in 1979.  Donaldson played on that album put parted ways with the band for good in 1980.  He went on to release one single under the name, William Mysterious with Alastair Donaldson, in 1982, but stayed semi-retired from music for the remainder of his life.  Alastair Donaldson was 58 when he passed away on June 18, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 8, 2013) Arturo Vega / Ramones Logo Designer

Posted by themusicsover on June 8, 2013

Arturo Vega
1948 – June 8, 2013

Arturo-Vega1Arturo Vega was a graphic designer who is best remembered for his 20+ years of creative service for the Ramones.  Originally from Mexico, Vega emigrated to the United States during the ’70s, and settled in New York City.  He soon became friends with the band and even let Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone live in his loft for at time.  As the band’s artistic director since 1974, Vega created many of the band’s logos including their iconic “Hey Ho Let’s Go” shield logo.  For many years, t-shirts that were adorned with the shield where the main source of income for the band.  His handy work can be seen on such albums as Ramones, Leave Home, and Ramones Mania as well.  Vega also worked as the Ramone’s lighting director and claimed to have been at all but two of the their 2200+ shows.  In later years, he managed the band’s website.  Arturo Vega was 65 when he passed away on June 8, 2013.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (April 10, 2012) Ritchie Teeter / Former Drummer For The Dictators

Posted by themusicsover on April 10, 2012

Ritchie Teeter
March 16, 1951 – April 10, 2012

Ritchie Teeter was a rock drummer who made is mark playing behind the Dictators during some of the band’s glory years.  With a sound and vibe that was not that far removed from the Ramones, MC5, the Stooges, or the New York Dolls, the Dictators built a dedicated following that remains loyal to this day.  Teeter joined the band following the release of their first album, Go Girl Crazy, and can be heard playing  on 1977’s Manifest Destiny and 1978’s Bloodbrothers. Both are considered essential for any respectable early New York punk collection.  Teeter went on to play in Twisted Sister in late 1980/early 1981, but never appeared on any of their albums.  He did participate in later Dictator reunion shows, though not much is known about his more recent life. It appears that Teeter retired from the business some time ago, or he at least kept a very low profile.  Ritchie Teeter was 61 when he died of esophageal cancer on April 10, 2012.

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