R.I.P. André Matos, former Angra singer dies at 47

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Sad news to report, as André Matos, former singer of the Brazilian metal band Angra, has died at age of 47 as the result of an apparent heart attack.

Matos was also a onetime singer of the band Viper and current singer of the band Shaman. His death was reported via his official Facebook page, as follows:

“It is with deep regret that we confirm the passing of André this Saturday morning due to a heart stop. As many know, he was an extremely reserved person — and manifested in life, for more than once, the desire not to have a wake. Respecting his will, he will be cremated today with the presence only of relatives. We thank everyone for understanding and we count on you so that André’s memory and legacy remain alive forever.”

A post by Angra read, in part:

“André was indispensable for the success and consecration of this band. The contribution of his talent and presence is invaluable. There are no words right now that describe the size of the void left in the hearts of those who loved him closely, and Brazil loses an irreplaceable talent of heavy metal.”

After leaving the band Viper, Matos formed Angra in 1991, and released three full-length albums with the band before leaving the group in 2001. He then formed the band Shaman (also known as Shaaman) with other members of Angra who had also left the group. Upon his departure from Shaman in 2006, he pursued a solo career, releasing three albums under his own name. He reunited with Shaman in 2018, and was a current member of that band at the time of his death.

Current Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who joined Angra in 1992 and was bandmates with Matos until the singer’s departure from the group, wrote the following on Facebook:

“What a sad morning. A phone call and the news that André Matos passed away.

Life is too fragile. I cried. Since I was 14 years old back in the Rio Branco school, André was already a benchmark. We all wanted to be like him. The unparalleled voice, the talent for the piano. Luckily, the destiny united us for nine years.

In the years we spent together, we have created and lived incredible things which are kept in the most special place in my memory. The crazy dream of having a world-famous heavy metal band that we talked about while sitting on the bus going to rehearsals. The songs he wrote are timeless (play ‘Carry On’!), the albums… from our first precarious shows to the big tours in Europe. Everything is coming back to my mind now. From his peerless high notes to the glance over the round glasses.

“André, you were and will always be so important to us all.

This week he said he wanted to play together again after 20 years. Too sad.

Your voice, your songs and your piano will be eternal for all of us fans.

Thank you, André. RIP”

R.I.P. André Matos, former Angra singer dies at 47
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R.I.P. Brian Doherty, Big Wreck guitarist dies at 51

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Brian Doherty, the founding guitarist of Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck, passed away Wednesday at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer.

Doherty formed Big Wreck with frontman Ian Thornley in the early ’90s at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and they went on to score a couple hits on the mainstream and alternative rock charts in the late ’90s, as well as numerous hits in Canada.

A statement from the band read as follows:

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our brother, Brian Doherty, passed away peacefully yesterday after a prolonged and brave struggle with cancer. Brian started Big Wreck with Ian in their dorm in Boston and his passing is a profound loss to us all. Our deepest condolences go out to Brian’s family. He was a good soul who will be missed by all who knew him personally or through the beautiful music he performed.”

Among the band’s best known songs is their first hit, “The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)”, which climbed to No. 9 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, as well as “That Song” and their comeback single “Albatross”, a No. 1 rock hit in Canada.

Big Wreck broke up in 2002, after which frontman Ian Thornley went on to form the band Thornley. In 2010, Ian asked Doherty to fill in as guitarist in Thornley, and eventually they began touring and recording again as Big Wreck. The band’s new album, But for the Sun, is due later this year.

Our condolences go out to Doherty’s family, friends, and bandmates during this difficult time.

R.I.P. Brian Doherty, Big Wreck guitarist dies at 51
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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “A straight man can’t do my job”

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A quarter century after joining Judas Priest, singer Rob Halford publicly revealed his sexuality to The Advocate in 1998. Now, 20-plus years after disclosing that he is gay, the Metal God says, “A straight man can’t do my job.”

In a new interview with the Edmonton Journal, Halford was asked if was concerned he’d lose his fan base when he “came out of the closet 20 years ago”, to which he responded, “Oh yeah, absolutely, I was surrounded by homophobia, which still exists today. There are places I can’t go back to because I’ll be stoned to death. As far as that whole business, I discovered when I did come out that I was in this trap gay people find themselves living in that you’re living your life for everyone else, but not yourself. During the ’70s and ’80s it was incredibly difficult.”

He added, “I love Priest more than anything, so while always in my mind — I have to be careful how I say this — it’s not important to the music. Though I will say, a straight man can’t do my job [laughs]. That’s the way I view it. Freddie [Mercury] said it wasn’t important, but if Freddie hadn’t have been gay, Queen would’ve been a totally different band. But that’s a really important part of my life that I have to get down on paper at some point.”

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In the same interview, Halford was asked if there’s any artist he’d like to do a duet with. “Elton John! In a heartbeat,” he answered.

Judas Priest are in the midst of a North American tour that runs through June 29th in Las Vegas. The trek hit a snag earlier this week when Halford’s bout with bronchitis forced the band to cancel their June 5th show in Colorado Springs, but they’re back on track to resume the tour tomorrow night in Saskatoon, Canada.

See our review and photo gallery of Priest’s recent show in Long Island, New York, here, and read our own recent interview with Halford here.


Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “A straight man can’t do my job”
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Atlantic City’s DAER Nightclub locks in ZEDD and Alesso for Memorial Day Weekend

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There’s a resurgence happening in the East Coast’s club scene, largely behind the emergence of DAER Nightclub and the revamping of Atlantic City’s once-boisterous nightlife circuit. The club, anchored in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, features a state-of-the-art hybrid indoors/outdoor design that allows revelers to take full advantage of the cutting edge new space—especially on major event weekends like Memorial Day. For DAER’s debut Memorial Day Weekend lineup they’ve pulled out all the stops, securing performances by two of the most in-demand DJs in the world: Alesso and ZEDD.

The pair will make their way to Atlantic City for the first official weekend of summer, with Alesso taking the decks on Saturday May 25, followed by ZEDD on Sunday May 26. ZEDD’s Memorial Day Weekend appearance comes in a larger batch of dates at DAER, where the “365” producer is slated for a short summer residency this year.

DAER is quickly making a name for itself as not only the formidable new kid on the block in Atlantic City, but as one of the premier clubs in the country. In addition to top-notch programming and internationally renowned talent, the club boasts a jaw-dropping audio-visual experience, equipped with a massive LED centerpiece and a 110,000-watt Funktion One sound system. Move over, Vegas—there’s another Memorial Day hotspot fans are flocking to this year, and by the looks of it, DAER is still just getting started. Learn more and grab tickets here.

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