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Rock Titans fall in threes

By Andrew Butler
On March 11, 2016

Starting in December, rock ‘n’ roll fans from around the world began watching some of arguably the most influential rock stars of all time pass away. Starting on December 3rd, Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus while on tour with his band, the Wildabouts. The cause of death was later determined to be a cocaine overdose. He passed away at the age of 48. Weiland’s career began in the late 80s when he joined the Stone Temple Pilots, as well as the super group The Velvet Revolver, where he was the lead 
singer, alongside Guns ‘N’ Roses lead guitarist, Slash. After Weiland’s death, many musicians and critics gave their opinions on the lead singer. Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins called him one of the three voices of the generation, along with Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. At the end of December, on the 28th, the power trio Motorhead lost their lead singer and bassist, Lemmy. Lemmy met his end only two days after being diagnosed with cancer, four days after his 70th birthday. The death was very sudden for the band and for its fans, many of whom were unaware of his condition until news of his death was released. 
Lemmy was an English musician who had been a part of the band Motorhead since 1975. The band was a three-piece English metal rock band founded by bassist and front man Lemmy, with Mikkey Dee on drums and Phil Campbell on guitar. The death of Lemmy came as a surprise to fans of Motorhead, and then 13 days later, on Jan. 10, rock fans lost another major player of the genre, David Bowie, who had been battling cancer for 18 months. It was public knowledge that Bowie had been battling cancer, so it was not as sudden as Weiland or Lemmy’s death, but the world was still shaken by his 
passing. Immediately after his death, there were multiple tribute concerts set up, such as a concert on March 31 in New York’s Carnegie Hall with bands, like the Roots, the Mountain Goats, Perry Farrell and more, performing David Bowie songs. Bowie started all his career in the late 60s, combining art rock, glam rock and electronic music. He was an English singer, songwriter, painter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Bowie was a part of pop music for five decades and was called an innovator in the 1970s by critics. He would do mostly solo work, but would occasionally work with other musicians. For 
instance he collaborated with Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground and John Lennon of the Beatles on their respective solo albums, and also worked with the Rolling Stones and Queen. After his death Saturday Night Live paid Tribute to Bowie by having former cast member Fred Armisen introduce  a clip from Bowie’s SNL musical performance in 1979. His final single, “Lazarus,” was released on Dec. 17, shortly before his death. It was his fi rst Top-40 single in 28 years. The single was made and released to be a goodbye to his fans, and as a commentary on his own impending death. 

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