It’s been a pretty insane two weeks in terms of celebrities passing away.
I mean, first we had Lemmy Kilmister from Mötorhead. Maybe that’s not a big deal to some (and it took place on December 28th, but it’s still within the past three weeks), but he has legions of fans around the world who were really saddened to hear of his passing. I’ll admit, I was never the biggest fan of Mötorhead, but there were a couple of songs that I didn’t mind too much. The obvious choice is Ace of Spades, the only “hit” they ever really had. But as a wrestling fan, I was more into a theme song they did for one of my favourite wrestlers, Triple H. They didn’t normally do any “commercial” music, but this one about as close as they ever got.
Soon after his passing, the music industry was hit with a massive punch in the gut when news got out that David Bowie had died after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. I’ll be the first one to admit that I was never someone who listened to a ton of Bowie, but I had a good number of his songs in my iTunes library. I don’t recall even knowing who David Bowie was prior to his Let’s Dance album. I’ve since become a casual fan of his 70’s material, simply because of the originality and creativity that was needed to pull it all off. People throw around the words “musical icon” a lot these days, but Bowie truly was one of the pioneers of popular music and how you didn’t have to conform in order to be successful.
Then yesterday I read on TMZ that Glenn Frey had passed away. He was one of the co-founders of the Eagles, which is one of my favourite bands of all time. I remember growing up in the 70’s and hearing certain songs on the radio, but not thinking much of it at the time. By the time the late 80’s had come around, there was a resurgence in the interest of 70’s rock with my friends and I. We listened to the popular music of the day, but we’d also listen to the Eagles, the Steve Miller Band, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. I was absolutely blessed to have gotten the chance to see the Eagles live in concert back in 2008. I always loved the Eagles music and I also enjoyed a number of Frey’s solo work, as well. He died from a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. As one of the co-writers of such classics as Hotel California and Desperado, Frey’s passing will be felt across the entire music industry.
I almost forgot one more untimely passing (thanks @junctionette!!), and that was of Natalie Cole. While she was never the superstar her father was, she was still a well respected singer who had a successful career.
Hopefully the Grim Reaper takes a break for a little bit. Between these legendary musicians and celebrities such as “Grizzly Adams” Dan Haggerty and the incredible Alan Rickman also passing away in the past two weeks, it’d be nice if we could take a break from mourning for awhile.