Buzzed Bands Podcast, Ep. 2 w/ Cold Blood Club

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Peter Steele Is Dead (RIP)

There was a time when I listened to Type O Negative religiously. To this day they are one of those few bands that all these years later I still get that same feeling I got the first time I heard them. Without Peter Steele they would have been nothing.

He was a giant of a man with a booming, deep voice that - along with a very unique guitar sound - set TON apart from other heavy bands. Not only were they an amazing band, they were also incredibly unique which is a very rare quality. Additionally, they never put out one bad album. That's an incredible feat for any band but for one so humble and modest it's even more amazing.

One of my favorite concert memories involves Type O at Ozzfest. Peter invited Phil Anselmo from Pantera on stage to help with vocals on "Kill All The White People." Phil always seemed like a big, scary, tough guy but when he walked on stage he looked like a kid standing next to his dad. Peter simply towered over him and was double his size. He greeted Phil with "Hello Phillip" in his deep baritone voice. It was a memorable moment indeed.

I'm bummed that Pete is dead. TON were a huge part of my life and certainly influenced me creatively. To think I'll never get to see him on stage towering over everyone is depressing. Fuck. Rest in piece Pete.

1 comment:

Not Waving But Drowning said...

I saw them when they opened for Queensryche along time ago. Great concert. I could not believe the man's voice. At the time they hadn't gotten much airplay out here. Sad news.

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