RIP To Some Legendary Musicians

“If I don’t see you again in this life, I’ll see you in the next, don’t be late”

– Last words before Stevie Ray Vaughan walked off stage 8/26/1990 – he died on 8/27/1990

With the passing of BB King today at the age of 89 I could not help but to reblog this tribute to some phenomenal musicians whose time passed way too soon…..Here is BB at 62 performing with U2 during the huge Joshua Tree tour.

BRILLIANCE in the way he plays so smooth and carries notes….ENJOY

Here is a SMALL tribute to those musicians who were BRILLIANT during their time on earth.  Here is the comprehensive list compiled by a blogger (thomas10) and a very good one at that.  I missed a bunch until I read this.

…and NO I will not have Cobain or Winehouse on here because I think they were both groundbreaking but not to the level of the following. I wanted to single out my personal favorites and  I only attached videos to some as they were either a lesser known performance or just an incredible performance that needed to be shared…… And with all much due respect to the  musicians who died,  you will never be forgotten and we have your music to live through forever. ENJOY and remember the past is prologue.

CLICK  SONG TITLES TO JAM  and SORRY about the Ads for some


Rhett Forrester (1956- 1994) 

Lead Singer of RIOT

Mark Reale (1955-2012) 

Lead Guitarist of RIOT 

Mark Reale of the band RIOT died 3 years ago today.  He, along with Rhett Forrester were the reason why RIOT was such an underrated band in the 80s.

So fucking tragic how Lead Singer Rhett Forrester died.

From Wiki: “Rhett Forrester was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia on January 22, 1994 at the age of 37 after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. His murder remains unsolved.”

Just listen to the vocals and guitar….Not a good copy but just LISTEN…..and TURN IT UP!!!!!!

RIOT – “Restless Breed” (LIVE 1982)


Hendrix (1942-1970)

Jimi Hendrix – “Voodoo Chile”(LIVEin Stockholm 1969)





Stevie Ray Vaughan  (1954-1990)

On the morning of August 26, 1990, Vaughan told his band and crew members about a horrible nightmare in which he was at his own funeral and saw thousands of mourners. He felt “terrified, yet almost peaceful.” Backstage after the show that evening, the musicians talked about playing together again, particularly with Eric Clapton for a series of dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall in February and March 1991, as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Moments later, Peter Jackson, Clapton’s tour manager, said that the weather was getting worse and they had to leave soon.  

According to Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Vaughan’s last words to him were, “I love ya.

SRV – “Texas Flood” (LIVE 1982)




Cliff Burton (1962-1986) 

Bass Player Metallica

And He Played a Rickenbacker…..BONUS

I think this one goes with out saying, but it gives me a chance to post my ALL TIME favorite Metallica song….and yes its fucking fast.

Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” LIVE 1985


Randy Rhoads (1956-1982) 

Guitarist Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne – “I Don’t Know” (LIVE)

Just a blistering performance by a TRUE master that went way too soon….


James Honeyman Scott (1956-1982) 

Guitarist The Pretenders

When The Pretenders ROCKED

The Pretenders – “Tattoed Love Boys”

This fucking song STILL rocks my face off to this day…..just an absolute JAM!!!!


Hillel Slovak  (1962-1988) Guitarist Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Fight Like A Brave 

(LIVE 1988 PinkPop Festival)


Shannon Hoon (1967-1995) 

Lead Singer Blind Melon

I remember like it was yesterday when my friends said “lets go check out Blind Melon at Tips” only to be heading there and finding out as we were walking towards Tips that he had died….WHAT A VOICE!!!

Blind Melon – “Galaxie”


Image DetailJimmy “The Rev” Sullivan (1981-2009)  

Drummer Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country” (Live In LBC)



Paul Gray (1972-2010)
Bassist  Slipknot

Slipknot – “Before I Forget” (LIVE Supersonic 2005)

Slipknot – “Duality” (LIVE at Download 2009)

FUCKING WOW  is all I can say after watching these TWO videos



Brian Connolly 

Lead Singer  Sweet  (1947-1997)

“Time is no healer When you’re not there Lonely fever Sad words in the air Some things are better left unsaid I’m gonna spend my days in bed I’ll walk the streets at night To be hidden by the city lights city lights”

ONE OF MY ALLTIME FAVORITE SONGS….just reminds me of 70s AM radio plus the long version jams…give it a listen

Sweet – “Love Is Like Oxygen”
(12″ Long version)


Layne Staley (1967-2002) 

Lead Singer Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains – “Angry Chair/Man In The Box (LIVE At The Hollywood Bowl 1993)”


Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

Lead Singer / Bass Player Thin Lizzy 


Gary Moore (1952-2011) 

Lead Guitarist Thin Lizzy




Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004)

Guitarist Pantera


Pantera – Heresy (LIVE)

If you don’t enjoy this you are legally dead.

Pantera – Domination (LIVE) Moscow 1991 

This shit is heavier than Clint Eastwood’s balls


Joe Strummer (1952-2002) Lead Singer The Clash

“I nearly murdered somebody, and it made me realise that you can’t face violence with violence. It doesn’t work.” – Joe Strummer

The Clash – “London Calling (1979)


Michael Hutchence (1960-1997)
Lead Singer INXS

INXS – “Original Sin” (1984)

Sorry, but his voice STILL fucking rocks and try being a teenager and NOT liking this song when every teenage girl you like wants to sit on his face.


Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

This album and song is his BEST work in my opinion.

“So tonight,

Gotta leave that nine to five upon the shelf

An’ just enjoy yourself,


Let the madness in the music get to you”

Michael Jackson – “Off The Wall” (1979)


Bob Marley (1945-1981) 

Guitarist / Lead Singer Bob Marley and The Wailers

No one could capture that LIVE feeling better than Bob Marley….just watch this video and you can almost feel his passion the way he sings….just awe inspiring to this day

I would KILL someone to travel back in time to see this show…..WOW FUCKING WOW

Bob Marley – “War / No More Trouble” (LIVE)


Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

What a smooth fucking song from the ONLY good Elvis movie and its filmed in New Orleans

Elvis – “Crawfish” (1958) from the movie “King Creole”


Ian Curtis  (1956-1980) 

Lead Singer Joy Division

Without Ian Curtis, there is no New Order and without New Order there is NO Depeche Mode, hence NO Nine Inch Nails….to a degree….you get where I am going…..HUGE influence and groundbreaking on so many levels….

Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”


Bon Scott (1946-1980) 

Lead Singer of AC/DC

Throughout 1979, AC/DC had been a band on the rise. Highway to Hell, their seventh album, had truly put them on the map, especially in America. The accompanying tour had also proved to be a huge success. On Sunday, January 27, 1980,  the final show of the Highway to Hell tour took place at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, U.K. This would also prove to be Bon’s last show.

What remains certain: One of the most dynamic front men in rock and roll history was gone.


AC/DC – “Problem Child”  (LIVE)

AC/DC -“If You Want Blood (You Got It)”


And the ones I did not mention that you already know and know all of their classics….

Otis Redding (1941-1967) 


Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) 

Lead Singer Queen

John Bonham (1948-1980) 

Drummer Led Zeppelin


Ronnie Van Zant (1948-1977) 

Lead Singer  Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sam Cooke (1931-1964)

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Steve Clark (1960-1991) 

Lead Guitarist Def Leppard



Kevin DuBrow (1955-2007) 

Lead Singer Quiet Riot

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Marvin Gaye (1939-1984)

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Keith Moon (1946-1978) 

Drummer The Who

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Jim Morrison (1943-1971) 

Lead Singer The Doors

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