Frank "Killjoy" Pucci, founder and vocalist of Necrophagia died today. He was only 48. The cause of death has not been revealed at the time of this writing.
"Killjoy," likely most notably known for Necrophagia (a project that briefly had Phil Anselmo as a member, under the name Anton Crowley,) by all accounts was a nice, and beloved guy. The comments on the many articles published today regarding his death, are nearly all in the same vein of love and admiration.
Besides Necrophagia, Killjoy had other musical projects and involvement in other ventures.
1998's "Holocasto de la Morte," is the Necrophagia album you likely know, but there were 9 albums or EPs released after that. Killjoy was also in Anselmo's band Viking Crown, and had a stint of involvement with Anselmo's Housecore Records ("Baphomet/Housecore Records).
I always liked Necrophagia, although it technically isn't great. I wore that VHS out, and recently gave my collector's edition to a friend.
It's always sad when one of our metal brothers pass. We will likely know more details as they emerge. RIP Killjoy.
Country artist JACLYN KENYON has released the official music video for her single, "Daddy's Got a Shotgun" Directed by Jordan Davies, the Mike Krompass produced track is the first single off of her upcoming, debut EP.
“This is a cute fun song I wrote about an overprotective father, …no matter how old you are you’re always gonna be your daddy’s little girl, right?” - Jaclyn Kenyon
Download / Stream "Daddy's Got a Shotgun"
Not knowing who you want to be is a normal part of growing up. Sometimes you have to search again and again to find your voice and who you are. Most importantly, being confident enough at a young age to keep pushing yourself and having the drive to succeed and work hard is why Jaclyn Kenyon is poised to make a real impact in Music.
With influence from such legends as Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson, and excited about such newer young female artists like Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, “A little Rock n’ Roll and A LOT Country” is what you can see and feel just by meeting this 20 year old Ontario native, who has been going back and forth to Nashville since she was a teenager.
Always a strong performer, Jaclyn has been on the stage since the age of 12, when she was the youngest performer ever in Canada’s all female artist showcase Honey Jam, competing against artists twice her age. This prestigious showcase, Canada’s largest and best known, had launched the careers of Nelly Furtado and Jully Black.
At 15 years old Jaclyn caught the eye of world renowned vocal coach and multi-platinum producer “Mama” Jan Smith who immediately saw her raw talent. “Jaclyn, as a writer, I believe she can write for anybody,” Mama Jan said of Jaclyn, “Stylistically, she really doesn’t have a lot of limits, which is awesome.”
After that Jaclyn was fortunate enough to learn more about herself as an artist with multi-platinum writers and producers in Nashville and Los Angeles where she spent time trying to find what inspires her.
“People have always had me try and sing different styles, whether it was Country, Rock or Pop. I’ve always went along and tried every idea to find my voice. I’ve even had producers make me sing ‘hard rock’ “, says Jaclyn recanting some of the musical adventures she went through as a teenager, “One producer kept telling me to lose my ‘country twang’ in my voice and I didn’t realize that was just a natural part of me.
Jaclyn’s first single off her upcoming EP, “Daddy’s Got A Shotgun,” was Produced by Mike Krompass and co-written with Nashville luminaries Clay Mills and Steve Diamond.
In addition, Jaclyn has been writing in Nashville with Producer Mike Krompass, and writers Robbie Nevil, Rich Redmond.
Said of her brand new song ‘Daddy’s Got A Shotgun’ ,”This is a cute fun song I wrote about an overprotective father, …no matter how old you are you’re always gonna be your daddy’s little girl, right?
Jaclyn is getting ready for what’s next, “With the great fans I’ve been building, I’ll be able to play live more often than I thought” Said an excited Jaclyn “ I’ll let you know when I play next. Please keep listening and sharing my music”
Oregon metal brother Jason Rowe (30 Pound Test) needs our help!
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Liver Cancer. You will find links below to help if you can.
If you can't donate, please consider attending the giant benefit concert, to be held on March 23rd and 24th, in Lebanon, Oregon. There are some amazing bands performing, including: Vial Experiment, Ditch Digger, Henry's Child, Bury the Goat, Minor Anomaly, Othrys, Splintered Throne, and The Athiarchists, just to name a few. Check the flyer shown here in this release to see a list of all of the bands.
Love for our metal family is strong, and your support is needed!
Here is the information listed on the many social media donation pages:
“Recently Local Oregon Musician and everyone's friend Jason Rowe was diagnosed with Stage 4 Liver Cancer.
We all know Jason as different things. Everything from a guitar player to a percussionist but the one thing that has always been the common thread is his big heart. Jason has always been the guy that will help anyone move or paint their house, at the same time ready to pick up an instrument and rock the house.
As we all know cancer treatments are not cheap. So, we are asking for anything to help ease the burden this is bringing to Jason.
Even if you can't donate, please help out by sharing this on social media.”
All of us at MIRP send our positive and healing thoughts to Jason, and wish our metal brother a full recovery.
It's been a staple in our festival experiences for a long time. Sadly, this year will be the last.
Below are the bands that will grace the stages in this final Vans Warped Tour.
2018 Vans Warped Tour lineup
Journeys Left Foot Stage
3OH!3 (June 21-August 5)
ASKING ALEXANDRIA (July 22-July 28)
BEARTOOTH (July 19-July 21)
BOWLING FOR SOUP (July 6-July 16, July 18-July 21)
FRANK TURNER (July 24-July 26)
THE INTERRUPTERS (July 14, July 15, July 17-July 19, July 21-July 25, July 28-August 5)
KNUCKLE PUCK (June 21-August 5)
MAYDAY PARADE (June 21-August 5)
REEL BIG FISH (June 21-August 5)
STATE CHAMPS (June 21-August 5)
SUM 41 (July 17)
TAKING BACK SUNDAY (June 24)
THIS WILD LIFE (June 21-August 5)
WATERPARKS (June 21-August 5)
Journeys Right Foot Stage
ALL TIME LOW (June 22-June 24)
FALLING IN REVERSE (June 26-July 16)
FOUR YEAR STRONG (June 21-July 29)
ISSUES (June 21-August 5)
LESS THAN JAKE (July 18-July 20, July 22-July 27, July 29-August 5)
MOVEMENTS (June 21-August 5)
REAL FRIENDS (June 21-August 5)
SIMPLE PLAN (June 21-August 5)
THE MAINE (June 21-August 5)
THE USED (June 21-July 10)
TONIGHT ALIVE (June 21-August 5)
WE THE KINGS (June 21-August 5)
Mutant Red Dawn Stage
CHELSEA GRIN (June 21-August 5)
DEEZ NUTS (June 21-August 5)
ICE NINE KILLS (June 21-August 5)
KUBLAI KAHN (June 21-August 5)
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (June 21-August 5)
SHARPTOOTH (June 21-August 5)
SILVERSTEIN (July 17-July 20, July 25-July 28)
THE AMITY AFFLICTION (June 21-August 5)
TWIZTID (June 21-August 5)
WAGE WAR (June 21-August 5)
Mutant White Lightning Stage
AUGUST BURNS RED (July 29-August 5)
CROWN THE EMPIRE (June 21-August 5)
DAYSEEKER (June 21-August 5)
EVERY TIME I DIE (June 21-August 5)
HAIL THE SUN (June 21-August 5)
HARM'S WAY (June 21-July 23)
IN HEARTS WAKE (June 21-August 5)
KNOCKED LOOSE (July 10, July 18, July 21, July 24)
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE (June 21-August 5)
NEKROGOBLIKON (June 21-August 5)
UNDEROATH (July 16-July 18)
UNEARTH (June 21-August 5)
AS IT IS (June 21-August 5)
ASSUMING WE SURVIVE (June 21-August 5)
BROADSIDE (July 10-August 5)
CAPSTAN (July 10-August 5)
CHASE ATLANTIC (June 21-July 31)
DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY (June 21-July 8)
DOLL SKIN (June 21-August 5)
DON BROCO (June 21-August 5)
GRAYSCALE (June 21-August 5)
MAKEOUT (June 21-August 5)
PALAYE ROYALE (June 21-August 5)
PHINEHAS (June 21-July 8)
PICTURESQUE (June 21-July 8)
SLEEP ON IT (July 10-August 5)
STORY UNTOLD (June 21-August 5)
TRASH BOAT (June 21-August 5)
WITH CONFIDENCE (June 21-August 5)
Full Sail Stage
FAREWELL WINTERS (June 21-August 5)
LIGHTERBURNS (June 21-August 5)
Here is the official statement just released via www.vanswarpedtour.com:
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s historic 25th anniversary in 2019.
In 1995, I had already worked many years in the music business, including spending four summers on the Lollapalooza tour, and I thought, ‘for one summer I would like go out and put on my own show’ mixing music and action sports. With the support of so many people, I have now spent the last 23 summers bringing that show to a city near you. We have brought that show to over 11 million people around the world and watched that same world change while doing so.
I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.
Bands like Quicksand, Sublime, L7, No Use for A Name and No Doubt jumped on in the very first year.
Touring many summers with my friends and peers like – Pennywise, Social Distortion, NOFX, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag and The Offspring are just some of my fondest memories. More include, having Blink-182 travel on my bus in 1997 when the world opened up to them and made them the superstars they are today.
The Vans Warped Tour was the platform to witness the rise of pop punk with Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte.
The birth of Emo – with bands like Thrice, Thursday, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World.
Fast-forward to the summer in 2005 when TRL and Warped Tour helped launch the careers of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Avenged Sevenfold.
I witnessed Warped alumni like The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, No Doubt and even Kid Rock play the Super Bowl. I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing Green Day play the Rose Bowl.
More recently, I’ve watched bands start out on a small stage and work their way up to the main stages by meeting as many fans as possible and continuing to hone their craft while on the tour. Bands like Paramore, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Echosmith, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, Neck Deep, Beartooth and so many more.
What has always made me proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice-T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise, and 7 Seconds.
I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour.
The Vans Warped Tour has become the community I had always hoped for. We have worked with over 90 non-profits each summer shining a light on new and growing groups giving our community the resources they need to connect with people who can help them, but also encourages our community to help each other. To Write Love on Her Arms, Music Saves Lives, Feed The Children Now, Keep a Breast, Hope For The Day, Canvas Foundation, Living The Dream and A Voice for the Innocent have built their organizations from the Warped Tour parking lots across the country. This even inspired me to start my own foundation Unite the United.
The work we do each summer on “give back days” has become part of our DNA. My brain is etched with the image of the church ladies after Katrina serving beans and rice to The Casualties with their upright mohawks, finding a common ground where no one was judging anyone. Then finding out the only working business in the county seemed to be the moonshine still and the locals showing up with a crate to share with the crew later that evening.
The long hot days that ended around a BBQ with food, drink and more music are some of the best times. Enjoying the days off, taking people jet boating, house boating, river rafting and sometimes even skydiving. I witnessed lifelong friendships being made, sparks of romance that led to ‘Warped weddings,’ and unfortunately now, more notices of passings where a proper good bye was not able to be said.
I want to thank my supportive family who has been through the highs and lows, Darryl Eaton at CAA, Steve Van Doren and Vans, Kate, Julie, Allison and Steph. My hard ass working crew who puts that show up and down each day, the sponsors which without them this tour would not happen, the bands and their crews, the promoters who took a risk on us at the beginning and continue to be supportive.
It will be bittersweet each morning when I see the sun rise and then watch it set knowing that this will be the last time I get to witness it from that exact spot.
Though the tour and the world have changed since ’95, the same feeling of having the ‘best summer ever’ will live on through the bands, the production teams, and the fans that come through at every stop.
The enduring spirit of the Vans Warped Tour remains as bright as ever, continuing to inspire creativity and ambition in new and exciting ways as we prepare for a 25th anniversary celebration in 2019.
I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure. Until then, take care and be safe.” – Kevin Lyman (Founder of the Vans Warped Tour)
2018 Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys
Limited Edition Superfan PackagesThese are for our ride or cry team – for those of you that have sweated it out in parking lots with us. We know many of you have experienced your best day ever at the Vans Warped Tour and we cannot thank you enough for making Warped Tour the highlight of your summer for the past 23 years.
Together, we will never let the ethos of the Vans Warped Tour end – we are Forever Warped.