BEYONCÉ Sings For Her 13-Year-Old Fan LYRIC CHANEL Who Died Of Cancer

7 March 2021

“Beyoncé has paid tribute to 13-year-old fan Lyric Chanel, who died on Friday of brain
cancer. Chanel’s family documentary her two-year battle with the disease on social media,
with Beyoncé, Cardi B, and over 600,000 others following her journey. To honor the late Chanel, Beyoncé sang an a cappella medley of “Brown Skin Girl,” “Halo,” and “Love On Top” dedicated
to her memory, switching out the word “baby” for “Lyric.”
Stereogum

Heartbreaking

R.I.P. New York Doll SYLVAIN SYLVAIN

15 January 2021

Last Wednesday Sylvain Mizrahi aka Sylvain Sylvain, born in Cairo in 1951 and globally famous for being the guitarist of the infamous glam punks New York Dolls (1971–1976) passed away after a long battle against cancer. He was 69.

Legendary Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye
broke the news with a tribute message on his Facebook page…

Sylvain Sylvain, the heart and soul of the New York Dolls, bearer of the Teenage
News, passed into his next astral incarnation on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Syl loved rock and roll. His onstage joy, his radiant smile as he chopped at his guitar, revealed the sense of wonder he must have felt at the age of 10, emigrating from his native Cairo with his family in 1961, the ship pulling into New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. It was he who looked across Lexington Ave. and saw the sign for the New York Doll hospital. Syl and a high school friend, Billy Murcia, were in the rag trade then, the aptly named Truth and Soul, handknit sweaters with a side of rockattitude. Hooking up with another classmate, John Genzale, and then, as bands will, Arthur Kane, and David Johansen, and Jerry Nolan, they became a quasar in the rock firmament; embodying trash, glam, garage-to-punk, the ambisexual affirmation of music played louder.

His role in the band was as lynchpin, keeping the revolving satellites of his bandmates in precision. Though he tried valiantly to keep the band going, in the end the Dolls’ moral fable overwhelmed them, not before seeding an influence that would engender many rock generations yet to come. Syl never stopped. In his solo lifeline, he was welcomed all over the world, from England to Japan, but most of all the rock dens of New York City, which is where I caught up with him a couple of years ago at the Bowery Electric. Still Syl. His corkscrew curls, tireless bounce, exulting in living his dream, asking the crowd to sing along, and so we will. His twin names, mirrored, becomes us.

Thank you Sylvain x 2, for your heart, belief, and the way
you whacked that E chord. Sleep Baby Doll.

Rest in peace

With the Dolls (second from left)…

R.I.P. Rap Hero MF DOOM

5 January 2021

Influential rap artist Daniel Dumile aka MF DOOM passed away on 31 October 2020.
Only 49. It was unknown until his widow broke the news on 31st December. No cause
of death has been revealed so far.

Jasmine (his widow): “To Dumile. The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to
forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank
you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be.”

Thom Yorke (Radiohead): “He was a massive inspiration to so many of us,
changed things.. for me the way he put words was often shocking in its genius,
using a stream of consciousness in a way I’d never heard before.”

Busta Rhymes: “He figured out something that none of us
has before him and that was to be completely free!!!”

Working with Gorillaz

His final solo LP
BORN LIKE THIS (2004)…

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MF DOOM: Facebook

(Image on top: cover solo album Madvillany )

SAD LOSSES IN 2020

Each year, unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to music legends who brought joy, excitement, and thrills. Here are five of the most famous, among those who passed sadly away in 2020. Rest in peace

ANDY GILL from Gang Of Four
1 January 1956 – 1 February 2020

GENENSIS P-ORRIDGE from Throbbing Gristle
22 February 1950 – 14 March 2020

LITTLE RICHARD
5 December 1932 – 9 May 2020

EDDIE VAN HALEN
26 January 1955 – 6 October 2020

SID McGRAY from BAD BRAINS
3 July 1957 – 9 September 2020

R.I.P. Metal Legend LEMMY – Passed Away 5 Years Ago

 

28 December 2020

The legendary MOTÖRHEAD hero LEMMY KILMISTER passed away 5 years ago today, on 28 December 2015. He was 70. He entered the music world as a roadie for guitar icon Jimi Hendrix and for prog act The Nice (with Keith Emerson).

The leather metal freak’s first band he played in was space rock outfit Hawkind. He was kicked out of the group after he spent 5 days in a Canadian prison for drug possession. So he started his own gang MOTÖRHEAD in 1975. They released 22 albums, with Bad Magic as the final one. It came out a couple of months before he died.

Rest in peace, motherrocker. You were ACE!

Last LP BAD MAGIC

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MOTÖRHEAD: All Albums


Better Motörhead than dead…

RICK PARFITT – The 24/7 STATUS QUO Rocker Passed Away 4 Years Ago Today

24 December 2020


(Pic by Turn Up The Volume! 2015)

Why do I remember RICK PARFITT here every year since he passed away 4 years ago on 24 December? Because he was the 24/7 blonde God riff-king of legendary 12-bar boogie rockers STATUS QUO. And? Well, I saw the Quo about a million times live. Am I serious? You bet. It was always no-nonsense-sweaty-head-banging fun. Always! I repeat always.

R.I.P. RICK!