Yesterday (on the fifth of August) the Pink Floyd band celebrated the UK release of their debut album ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ which was released in the year 1967. At that time Syd Barret was the band’s leader, who was too a co-founding member who supervised the release and the recording process.
The album was released at Columbia/EMI records (UK) and Tower/Capital (US), later on, there were two special editions released to mark the 13th and 14th universities. So maybe we should expect surprises from Pink Floyd, like we have from Judas Priest. This year the album became 347th in the list of 500 greatest albums of all times published by Rolling Stones.
‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ is a psychedelic album with some instrumental songs and lyrics about scarecrows, space and gnomes. It was the first year when British architecture students signed a contract with EMI for 5000 pounds as an advance fee. Before they were performing as ‘Pink Floyd’ for two years.
Their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, about kleptomaniac transvestite, was rejected to be aired on Radio London because of the controversy its lyrics carried. Their next singer ‘See Emily Play’ was released the same year on the 18th of May and was number 6 in UK charts.
James Owen Sullivan is the name given on birth to the drummer of the Avenged Sevenfold band who was born on the 9th of February in 1981. He too participated in the Pinkly Smooth together with Synyster Gates and Suburban Legends, a heavy metal band where he was the lead vocalist and pianist. The cooperation with the band was not lengthy; he performed there for only two years from 1998 to 1999.
James got his first drumsticks at the age of 4 and at the age of 10 he got his first drum set! He began to play in different bands at high school and he was inspired by Frank Zappa and King Crimson. The Rev recorded his first album with Avenged Sevenfold at the age of 18. The album was called ‘Sounding the Seventh Trumpet’.
Avenged Sevenfold Drummer’s Death
James Owen Sullivan was found dead at the age of 28 in 2009 at his Southern California home. They scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death. After which was stated that he had died of natural causes which was not convincing, taking into consideration his age. Only in half a year the truth was revealed to the public. Toxicology results detected the death was caused by acute polydrug intoxication. James mixed alcohol with Oxycodone, oxymorphone, diazepam and nordiazepam that day.
He was buried in Huntington Beach, California on the 6th of January. Avenged Sevenfold dedicated their 5th album and several songs to him. ‘So Far Away’ is one of them, which was written by Synyster Gates.
Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman was stuck by a Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), also known as flesh-eating bacteria syndrome or flesh-eating disease, a very rate infection which damages deeper layers of skin. I will not go into details, but it looks really nasty.
As online sources state Jeff is free from it but still needs some time for rehabilitation. In his interview to Billboard.com, Tom Araya, Slayer’s bassist, said it was a really great ordeal for Jeff, but he was working on his playing ability.
The truth is that he can play now, but for a very short period of time and full recovery will not happen soon. Jeff got not only skin but too muscles and nerves damage so his playing ability will not come back easily. Jeff is facing really hard times now and I wish him strength to come over it. We love Slayer, we love what Jeff does and we are sure we will hear him performing even better than before. What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
Jeff Hannerman was born in 1964, he is not only a lead guitarist and founding member of the band, but too musical and lyrical contributor. He wrote such songs as “Angel of Death”, “Raining Blood” and “South of Heaven” which are played at almost every live concert of the Slayer band.