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Original Trouble singer, The Skull frontman, and very longtime HardRadio friend ERIC WAGNER passed away at 62 on August 22 following a battle with COVID-19. The sad news was confirmed by Eric's son, Luke Wagner. Bassist Ron Holzner, formerly of Trouble and currently in The Skull, tells Chicago Reader that Wagner smoked cigarettes, occasionally drank, and vaped. The singer had health issues, but Holzner says he'd managed to eliminate a few regular prescriptions by taking better care of himself and switching to a plant-based diet. Wagner was generally opposed to institutionalized medicine, but he wouldn't make an exception for the COVID vaccine. "We argued about it, and he stood his ground on the matter," Holzner says. "I always joked, 'The World According to Eric Wagner - you should write a book.' He lived his life his way."
IRON BUTTERFLY drummer RON BUSHY has passed away at age 79. The band has issued the following statement: "Ron Bushy, our beloved legendary drummer of Iron Butterfly, has passed away peacefully, with his wife Nancy by his side, at 12:05am on August 29th at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. All three of his daughters were also with him. He was a real fighter. He will be deeply missed!" Iron Butterfly is best known "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", released in 1968, which features an iconic drum performance from Bushy. He appears on all six Iron Butterfly studio albums: Heavy (1968), In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968), Ball (1969), Metamorphosis (1970), Scorching Beauty (1975), and Sun And Steel (1975).
An integral part of the early-'80s thrash metal movement that spawned acts like Metallica and Anthrax, very longtime HardRadio friends New Jersey's OVERKILL garnered a reputation for brutal, pounding speed and technique. Taking their moniker from the 1979 Motorhead album of the same name, an early demo; Power In Black, made waves in the underground tape-trading circuit and caught the attention of Megaforce Records, which issued the band's full-length studio debut, Feel the Fire, in 1985. The first six of their albums are back on vinyl for the first time in over a decade. Half speed mastered for dynamic range and pressed on 180g vinyl and also available as a CD collectors box.
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