First and foremost I’d like to send my condolences out to Pete Steele, his family, bandmates, fans, etc. Although I can’t say that I was the biggest Type O Negative or Carnivore fan, I have almost everything the man has released. And no I do not own the Playgirl issue. I enjoyed every album, ever since I heard “We Hate Everyone” on WSOU for the first time. Over the last few years I’ve revisited the band on a few occasions, namely because of the Seventh Void album, and my brother suddenly becoming very interested in them.
Pete had a one of a kind voice, over the years he and Type O have backed up Ozzy for the Private Parts soundtrack, he also sang “Descent” with Doro Pesch a track that was featured on her Fight album. Although he struggled with addiction, it seemed as if he had finally started setting things straight in his life by the time the band’s last album Dead Again came out. Interestingly enough a lot of people thought it was a hoax, due to the fact that back in 2005 a rumor was spread eluding to the fact that he had passed away.
In recent years he had put Carnivore back together, and my good buddy Joey Z from Life Of Agony talked to me about Pete on several occasions. While off air during last month’s Mars Attacks Live show he discussed how Pete was so quick witted, and remarked about how funny he was. He stated that Pete could come up with almost any remark on the spot. He also mentioned how much fun it was playing with Carnivore, and how honored he was when asked to join the band. His ties to Type O Negative go back before Life Of Agony even recorded their first album. Their drummer Sal came from Type O, and Josh Silver produced River Runs Red.
The original plan was to use the aforementioned live show tomorrow. In light of today’s events, I may actually switch things up. I discussed this with Mark Strigl earlier today. I’m sure if the episode is released the token hater will mention that we’re doing this to take advantage of the situation. Which is far from what Mark & John or I am all about. If you’ve ever listened to any of the shows we do, we’re fans of the music first and foremost.
My reason for releasing the show would be to share how others feel about Pete. As a result, I’ve asked people that I’ve interviewed from the NY/NJ area to send me their thoughts of Pete to have them included during the opening piece of the episode. If any fans are interested in sending their stories along regarding Pete Steele, please drop me a line at marsariesattacks @ live.com (all together, just trying to avoid spam). I can’t promise that I’ll use everything, but will do my best.
Condolences also go out to Vinnie Chas’ family and friends, the ex-Pretty Boy Floyd guitarist recently passed away as well.
On a side note, tonight’s episode of Mars Attacks will focus on newer tracks that have been released recently and have caught my attention. You’ll hear Ratt, Slash, Godsmack, Non-Point, Wildestarr, among other things. Show airs at 8PM EST / 5PM PST MarkStriglRadio.com.