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A Butthole Surfer, Symbol of Generation X, Is Gone

Teresa Taylor, also of 'Slacker' fame, accepted end-stage lung disease diagnosis with grace

(Newser) - Teresa Taylor, who drummed with the punk-rock band Butthole Surfers in the 1980s, has died at age 60. The band announced her death Monday, saying she "passed away peacefully this weekend after a long battle with lung disease." In her own post, Taylor's partner and caretaker, Cheryl...

Drummer on Famous Pulp Fiction Song Dead at 57
Drummer on
Famous Pulp
Dead at 57

Drummer on Famous Pulp Fiction Song Dead at 57

Urge Overkill's John Rowan (aka Blackie Onassis) kept the beat on 'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon'

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Urge Overkill, and for fans of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack: The band's drummer, John Rowan, has died at the age of 57, reports Pitchfork . "Urge Overkill is saddened to report that Blackie has passed away," the group wrote Wednesday on Instagram , referring...

Foo Fighters Have a New Drummer
Foo Fighters Have
a New Drummer

Foo Fighters Have a New Drummer

Josh Freese will replace the late, beloved Taylor Hawkins

(Newser) - More than a year after Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died in a Bogota hotel while on tour at the age of 50, the band has finally found a worthy replacement. As Pitchfork reports, he's session drummer Josh Freese, whose dizzying credits include gigs with the Offspring, Rob Zombie,...

Modest Mouse Drummer 'Laid Down to Rest,' Then 'Faded Out'

Pacific Northwest rock band had just announced Jeremiah Green's cancer diagnosis days ago

(Newser) - Jeremiah Green, the founding drummer for the rock band Modest Mouse, has died just days after the band announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer. He was 45. Green was barely in his teens when he joined the newly formed Modest Mouse, which featured singer-guitarist Isaac Brock and bassist Eric...

Dead Kennedys Drummer Dies in Accidental Fall
Dead Kennedys Drummer
Dies in Accidental Fall

Dead Kennedys Drummer Dies in Accidental Fall

"I feel like I’ve been hit by a train,' Jello Biafra says of DH Peligro's death

(Newser) - DH Peligro, longtime drummer for seminal California punk band the Dead Kennedys, has died at age 63. He died Friday at his Los Angeles home, and police at the scene "stated that he died from trauma to the head caused by an accidental fall," the band said in...

Drummer Played With Buddy Holly and Married Peggy Sue

Jerry Allison, the last original member of the Cricketts, co-wrote series of hits

(Newser) - Jerry Allison, an architect of rock drumming who played and co-wrote songs with childhood friend Buddy Holly and whose future wife inspired the classic "Peggy Sue," has died. He was 82 and was the last surviving original member of the Crickets, the band that backed Holly, the AP...

18-Year-Old Fan Fills in for Pearl Jam's Drummer

Kai Neukermans contacted band after Matt Cameron tested positive for COVID

(Newser) - Days after 18-year-old Kai Neukermans went to a Pearl Jam concert in Inglewood, California, he found himself drumming for the grunge legends at their Oakland concert. The high school student has played at big festivals with his band The Alive, but he tells SFGate that the Friday gig at the...

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Dead at 50
For Foo Fighters,
a 'Tragic and
Untimely Loss'

For Foo Fighters, a 'Tragic and Untimely Loss'

Drummer Taylor Hawkins dies at 50 while on tour with band in Bogota, Colombia

(Newser) - Taylor Hawkins, the drummer for Foo Fighters for 25 years and best friend of frontman Dave Grohl, has died during a South American tour with the rock band. He was 50. There were no immediate details on how Hawkins died, although the band said in a statement Friday that his...

Elvis Presley's Drummer Dies at 83
He Backed 'The King' For Years

He Backed 'The King' For Years

Drummer Ronnie Tutt was 83

(Newser) - From 1969 until Elvis Presley's death in 1977, Ronnie Tutt played drums for "The King." Now Tutt, 83, is dead, TMZ reports. His wife says he had a longtime heart condition and there was no longer anything that could be done to treat it; "he couldn'...

Member of Alabama Shakes Accused of Child Abuse

Arrested drummer Steven Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to violating ex's protective order

(Newser) - A member of the rock band Alabama Shakes was arrested last week and hit with child abuse charges, a year after pleading guilty to breaching a protective order from his ex-wife. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama confirms to Rolling Stone that drummer Steven William Johnson was arrested...

World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone
World's 'Fastest
Girl Drummer' Is Gone

World's 'Fastest Girl Drummer' Is Gone

Viola Smith has died at 107

(Newser) - The "fastest girl drummer in the world" is gone. Viola Smith, a swing musician who fought for female inclusion in the big-band era, died Wednesday at home in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Washington Post reports. She was 107. At a time when jazz giants like Artie Shaw and Benny...

10-Year-Old to Dave Grohl: 'Check! Mate!'

The Foo Fighters founder accepts Nandi Bushell's challenge

(Newser) - Seen Nandi Bushell play the drums? Dave Grohl sure has, and he drummed right back. What Mashable calls "an adorable remote drum battle" began when the 10-year-old tweeted video of herself ripping into the Foo Fighters' hit song "Everlong" and saying, "Mr Grohl I would love to...

Ginger Baker, Cream's Volatile Drummer, Dies
Iconic '60s Supergroup
Drummer Dead 

Iconic '60s Supergroup Drummer Dead

Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at age 80

(Newser) - Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, reports the AP . Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and...

One of the Most Recorded Musicians in History Is Dead

Session drummer Hal Blaine played on scores of '60s, '70s hits

(Newser) - You may not have heard the name Hal Blaine, but if you've heard music from the '60s and '70s, you've heard him play. Blaine, an extremely prolific session drummer who became one of the most recorded musicians of all time, has died at the age of...

Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dies at 54
A Heavy Metal
Legend, Gone at 54

A Heavy Metal Legend, Gone at 54

Pantera's Vinnie Paul has died

(Newser) - When Vincent Paul Abbott co-founded his heavy metal band in 1981, he likely didn't know that it would enjoy multi-decade success, earn four Grammy nominations, and have a near-constant place on the Billboard charts. But that's exactly the path Pantera took, which is why fans are devastated to...

Man Who Gave Elvis His Backbeat Is Dead at 87

Drummer DJ Fontana was with the icon from the earliest days

(Newser) - DJ Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock 'n' roll as Elvis Presley's sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told the AP that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering complications from breaking his...

Judge: Lynyrd Skynyrd Flick Violates 'Blood Oath'

Southern rock band members made a vow not to exploit band's name, history

(Newser) - A film created with help from a former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer violates a "blood oath" surviving band members made not to exploit the band's name and history, a judge concluded as he blocked its distribution, siding with a surviving member of the 1970s pioneering Southern rock group and...

Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at 43
Prince Drummer 
John Blackwell Jr.
Dies at 43

Prince Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dies at 43

'One of the best to ever pick up drumsticks'

(Newser) - More sad new for Prince fans: John Blackwell Jr., a drummer who played with Prince for 15 years, has died at the age of 43. In an Instagram post Tuesday, wife Yaritza said Blackwell had died peacefully in her company, TMZ reports. Blackwell was diagnosed with two brain tumors last...

Journey Drummer Indicted on Rape, Slew of Charges

Deen Castronovo bombarded victim with texts, calls after order to stay away

(Newser) - Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested in Oregon on June 14 and charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing, but he was released on $20,000 bail and told to stay away from the alleged victim, per the Statesman Journal . A few weeks later, he's back behind bars after reportedly...

Lynyrd Skynyrd's First Drummer Dead at 64

Bob Burns killed in a crash in Georgia

(Newser) - Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer has died in a car crash in Georgia. Bob Burns, 64, was killed when his vehicle went off a curve in a road near Cartersville just before midnight and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved, and the crash is under investigation. Burns was...

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