Tuesday, January 19, 2016

1.19.16 Bee-otch of the Day: The Grim Reaper

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Name: The Grim Reaper
Age: ageless
Occupation: the cause of death
Last Seen: everywhere
Bee-otched For: killing a ton of rock stars as of late

At the beginning of December, I was noticing that not many big named rock stars had died. Just B.B. King and that was it.

Man, I wish I kept my big mind shut.

Shortly after December began, Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland died from an overdose at 48. Then after Christmas, Lemmy from Motorhead died from cancer days after his 70th birthday. Last week, David Bowie also died of cancer just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his "Blackstar" album, which just debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts -- his first #1 album in his 50+ year career.

Now, the old saying was that "death comes in threes". Sadly, that's not the case as of late.

Last night, came another rock death: Glenn Frey of the legendary 1970s rock band The Eagles, who died of pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcers at the age of 67. Alongside his work with The Eagles, the Detroit-born Frey had a successful solo career with multiple 1980s hits such as "The Heat is On" (seen above), "You Belong to the City" and "Smugglers Blues".

But in the words of many an infomercial, "but wait! That's not all!"

Speaking of Bowie, Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin died on Sunday at the age of 67 from Alzheimer's. In 1972, the glam rockers scored their only top 40 hit here in the U.S. with the Bowie-penned "All the Young Dudes". On Saturday, pancreatic cancer took the life of Gary Loizzo, best-known as the lead singer of another one-hit-wonder, The American Breed, who in 1968 peaked at #5 with "Bend Me, Shape Me". He became a successful record producer, working with REO Speedwagon and Styx.

In just two months, the world of rock lost not one, not two, but six (!!!) stars. And January isn't over yet. Amazingly, it was only Weiland who died from drug use. Of course, Lemmy drank a bottle of Jack daily until a few years ago, but I wouldn't be too surprised if his cancer wasn't totally drug-related.

Sometimes, I wonder if hell REALLY is on earth. Many of the aforementioned musicians were very talented and had many fans around the world. Yet, we're stuck with talentless pricks like Justin Bieber and Chris Brown making a lot of the music nowadays. I know, it's not nice to wish death on anybody, but if you make headlines by beating up your girlfriend or simply acting drunk and stupid, well, you have some work to do.

But the good news is that Rock 'N Roll Heaven is sounding better than ever.
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