For those of the uninitiated, December 8th will never be forgotten in the rock music industry, as it just happens to hold the distinction of being one of the truly dark days, as two of the most prominent members of the community were killed on this day. The deaths of both former Beatle legend John Lennon (1980) and iconic Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (2004) make this date the equivalent of the “Day of Infamy” for rock-n-roll music.
As I mentioned on last year’s post (on “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal”, December 6th), their deaths will forever be remembered because of the way their deaths were played out; assassin Mark David Chapman was a man who had a lot of disdain for John Lennon, due to Mr. Chapman’s religious views which played a pivotal role in his decision to murder him and Dimebag’s assailant, Nathan Gale, had a personal grudge against Dimebag, although we will never truly know the reason (unproven speculation about Mr. Gale, who was schizophrenic to begin with, states he begrudged Dimebag due to his role in the disbanding of Pantera).
As sad as these moments in rock history are to share, however, there are plenty of other reasons (if you were born on this date) to be in a celebratory mood. Unfortunately, this date stands out most because of the above listed events…it will always be this way due to the nature of the way they unfolded on history’s grand scheme.
RIP John Lennon (10/9/1940-12/8/1980) and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott (8/20/1966-12/8/2004)…two brilliant lights who will be forever missed…
If you’ve stuck with me this long, I actually do have a second part for this entry…as today would have been the 70th birthday of one of the most influential people of my generation; “The Lizard King” Jim Morrison (The Doors’ former vocalist, if you’ve been living under a rock). Jim Morrison, in my mind, was one of the greatest minds to ever grace the stage and music scene due to his unique views on poetry and the world as a whole. A charismatic pioneer in his very short, 27 year stint on this planet, he and his musical genius will forever be etched in my memory as nothing short of magical.
In keeping with tradition, the rest of the list goes as follows: singer/songwriter Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) was born in 1947, singer Dan Hartman (Edgar Winters Group) in 1950, the 1953 births of actress Kim Basinger and late, great comedian Sam Kinison (1953-1992), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was born in 1957, actress Teri Hatcher (“Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”s Lois Lane) turns 49 today (1964), controversial songstress Sinead O’Connor (1966) and WWE announcer Michael Cole was born in 1968.
Finally, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor (who also worked a guest vocal on Apocalyptica’s “I’m Not Jesus”) turns 40 today (1973) and, although I don’t like the genre, rap sensation/entertainer/entrepreneur Nikki Minaj was born December 8, 1982.
With this latest installment from the left…
/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\