Rock/Metal Names Comment On Whitney Houston’s Death
Former and current members of Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Def Leppard and Poison are some of the names to have commented on the sudden passing of Whitney Houston after the singer was found dead in a hotel room in LA last Saturday.
“Let’s try not bashing artists like Whitney, Michael [Jackson], Amy [Winehouse] while they are alive,” said former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum on Twitter. “These were sensitive artists in the public eye. You wouldn’t understand their pressure unless you were in their shoes. Not everyone can handle pain in the real world. Pressure mounted with fear is the most scary feeling ever. On a much smaller level than these artists, I have felt it and used drugs to numb them. Luckily, I got help and people helped me. Let’s love one another and help one another.
“We need to take a look at the negative press and bashing our national treasures while they are here. Everyone has struggles, but now there are TV shows to promote them and make money off of their struggles. It’s wrong. These sensitive artists are dropping [like[ flies. We need to address this now!”
“It’s awful and it really hit me,” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said to Ultimate Classic Rock. “I’ve known people and lost people who’ve been through the exact same thing. What really irritates me when someone special dies is the outpouring and everyone loves to show up for the funeral but they don’t really want to help when the person needs it.”
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach also had thoughts on the matter, noting “This is hitting me hard. I used to sing ALL of Whitney Houston’s songs all the time. I absolutely loved her voice. I practiced along to her songs countless times and her music affects me deeply. I cannot believe how temporary life is. How fragile music is. Everything you know, everything you hold dear can be ripped away at a moment’s notice and you won’t even see it coming.
“I always figured Whitney would record another record that would blow us all away. So sad that was not meant to be. 48 years old? Ugh. It makes me sick. Such a loss. RIP, Whitney Houston. My condolences to my friend Bobby Brown and his children.”
“My deepest condolences to Whitney Houston’s family and friends,” adds Poison frontman Brett Michaels. “I first met Whitney when we were in Rome on tour. I couldn’t sleep so I went down to the lobby. There she was sitting on the couch reading a book. Apparently she couldn’t sleep either. We sat and hung out chatting for quite a while. She was awesome. Again… what a great person with a great voice and amazing talent. She will be missed.”
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