Motorhead’s original guitarist Larry Wallis dead at 70
Original Motorhead guitarist Larry Wallis, who also played with bands including Pink Fairies, Blodwyn Pig and UFO, has died at the age of 70. The news was confirmed on Motorhead’s official website.
Wallis played on Motorhead’s On Parole album, which although released in 1979 as the band’s fourth album, was recorded in late 75/early 76 and launched on the back of the success of their first three records. The guitarist co-wrote the track Vibrator, but left Motorhead in 1976. Prior to his time with Lemmy, Wallis hooked up with Steve Peregrin Took’s Shagrat and later joined Blodwyn Pig with Jack Lancaster. Wallis also toured across Europe with UFO but left the band in 1972. Wallis joined Pink Fairies that same year and played on their 1973 album Kings Of Oblivion and was part of the band’s reunion in 1987 and appeared on the Kill ‘Em And Eat ‘Em album. He also played with Mick Farren and The Deviants and released a solo album Death In The Guitarfternoon in 2001.
Along with his playing, Wallis also served as a producer with New Wave and punk label Stiff Records and produced Wreckless Eric’s A Louder Silence in 1977.
No cause of death has been revealed.
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Former Shy and TNT vocalist, Tony Mills, dead at 57
By Scott Munro (Classic Rock) a day ago Classic Rock
Tony Mills who fronted bands including Shy and TNT dies after battle with pancreatic cancer.
The statement reads: “It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills.
“He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn't afraid of death.
“Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like Shy and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
“Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point.
“His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed, ‘It's been another fantastic day!’ He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirt bike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper, ‘I’ve had a good life. I'm just a bit pissed about the bike.’”
Mills joined Shy in 1983 and appeared on their debut album Once Bitten… Twice… and was part of the lineup for 1987’s Excess All Areas which spawned the single Break Down The Walls, which was co-written by Don Doken.
“I regret not having more, especially recent communication with him, its typical of us to be too busy or not as available in our later years for so many reasons but the world that knew him and I will miss this one very much.”
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Ric Ocasek, of The Cars, dead at 75...
Ric Ocasek, the lead singer of iconic new wave rock band The Cars, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, law enforcement sources told The Post. He was 75 years old.
Ocasek was discovered unconscious and unresponsive at around 4:14 p.m. inside his Gramercy Park pad by his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, sources said. He appeared to have died from natural causes, sources added.
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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70
Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight” soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday (Sept. 13). He was 70. A statement provided by his family reads: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.” Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. It chronicled his life at home, on the road and with his family, as well as his health struggles.
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Jimmy Johnson, Muscle Shoals Guitarist Who Backed Soul & Rock Giants, Dead at 76
Jimmy Johnson, the guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (a.k.a. “the Swampers”) whose foundational R&B-based playing could be heard on hundreds of records, including iconic hits by Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett and Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at the age of 76. His death was confirmed by his son Jay Johnson, who did not reveal a cause of death. “He is gone,” his son wrote on Facebook. “Playing music with the angels now.”
“The mighty Jimmy Johnson has passed,” Jason Isbell, who grew up in the Shoals area, said on Twitter. “A lot of my favorite music wouldn’t exist without him.”