View Full Version : Musical heroes past

05-03-2013, 02:00 PM
In the wake of the sad news of the loss of Jeff Hanneman's passing way too young, I thought I would start a thread dedicated to those musicians who passed way too young but they are still a muse for you. Not just guitarists, but drummers, keyboardists, singers, horn players, and yes, even bass players who influenced or influence you to play and be an active part of music.

For me, Bonn Scott (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Scott) (AC/DC), Robin Gibb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Gibb) (Bee Gees), and Brad Delp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Delp) were lives cut too short while there was so much talent left to give. When I heard the incredible harmonies that the Brothers Gibb shared, I started studying where each vocal part fit into harmony vocals and worked on my own parts. When I heard the high F in More Than a Feeling, I knew that I wanted to sing learn to sing like into the stratosphere. Bon Scott taught me that if you sing with attitude, you can do anything in music.

There is no musician I would miss more than John Lennon. I wonder sometimes whether the Beatles would have reunited in their old age. I live near Yoko's upstate NY home, and I think, "Wow, John would have been down there." I never cried so hard as the day I heard that he was shot on his door step. My friends and I held a small vigil at our school and mourned the passing of someone without whom we would never be musicians, much less friends. The band played on and that night, we did acoustic renditions of our favorite Beatles and Lennon solo songs, ending at midnight with Imagine. I'm brought to tears now just remembering how hard it was not to sob while I sang, "Nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope one day you will join us and the world will be as one." Why would someone kill such a loving and caring human being? Why?

Literally, through tears, I remember jamming with Dimebag and finding out only a few weeks later that he was gone. Yeah, he drank and partied, but he was always a gracious host and a lovable guy. Though I only met Jeff once a long time ago, I have close friends who have jammed with him over the years and kept up with Slayer. I happened to have a copy of Guitar World a few years old sitting on my desk last night with Jeff and Kerry on a white background. I was working on "YYZ" from it, so it had been on and off my music stand. A spider bite? Now I hate those dang things even more!


05-03-2013, 02:04 PM
And I forgot to mention the guitar player who started it all for me. My dad. He wasn't great, but he taught me the basics, good form, and all that. The one thing he told me that has stayed with me forever is, "If you play it with feeling, people will love it. Don't worry so much about every technical movement, let your emotions flow into your singing and playing and people will connect with you." He was right. I have been playing for over 30 years and people still tell me how they loved this or that song, even though I know the mistakes I made. God keep all those who passed into rock and roll heaven. I'm sure my dad is up there jamming with them right now.

05-03-2013, 03:40 PM
The passing of Gary Moore (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Moore) hit me particularly hard back in 2011.

I have always admired his great musical talent. The way he played the blues was one of the reasons why I am trying to play guitar now.

Although there are a lot of his songs I love, my favorite one is his 1983 cover version of The Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things".


Keep on Jammin' Gary, Keep on Jammin' Jeff.

05-03-2013, 04:08 PM
Ronnie James Dio. RIP.

Dang, too many videos too choose from, and I can only include 1. I wished this was with Sabbath, but it is pretty good anyways.


05-03-2013, 04:29 PM



Jeff Buckley

both such a damn shame

05-03-2013, 04:46 PM
Phil Lynott, RIP.

I can't tell if this is a 2-fer with Gary Moore or not.


05-03-2013, 05:09 PM
Lowell George, RIP.


05-03-2013, 05:41 PM
Hmmm . .. on that Thin Lizzy video, I dont think that guy with the dark shirt is Gary Moore . . . Gary could make some very scary facial expressions while playing his guitar and this cat looks very normal.

In any case, I love this song . . .

RIP Phil.

05-03-2013, 08:44 PM
Eddie Hazel 1950-1992


05-03-2013, 08:45 PM
Gary Shider 1953-2010


(Gary Shider is guitarist in diaper, that appears at 1:51. The guy in fuzzy sombero playing lead is Michael Hampton.)

05-03-2013, 08:53 PM
Bob Marley 1945-1981


05-03-2013, 10:23 PM

The world is ten years poorer without Joe

05-04-2013, 12:47 AM

05-04-2013, 04:04 AM
Did we seriously get this far down this thread with no mention of SRV?


05-04-2013, 04:08 AM
And... Jimi?


05-04-2013, 04:15 AM
Eddie Hazel 1950-1992


So underrated

05-04-2013, 06:36 AM
Forgot about Randy:


05-06-2013, 08:47 PM
Ronnie Van Zant (plane crash)
but the one I miss the most is Marcel Dadi (plane crash as well) :


05-07-2013, 04:37 PM
Jerry Garcia


05-07-2013, 04:58 PM
Michael Houser (seated, playing telecaster.)

I was at this show, it was one of my first Red Rocks shows, having moved to Colorado 3 months earlier. Interesting note of trivia - Widespread Panic still holds the record for most sold out Red Rocks shows.