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Nach dem plötzlichen Tod von TYPE O NEGATIVE-Frontmann Peter Steele vor drei Tagen, melden sich immer mehr Freunde, Weggefährten und Kollegen zu Wort, um ihrer Trauer Ausdruck zu verleihen und ihre Erinnerungen an Peter zu teilen.

Wir haben einige der Statements für Dich zusammengetragen.

BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL-Bassist Geezer Butler:

'I was so saddened to hear of Pete Steele passing away. He truly was one of the nicest blokes I've ever met. He came to the first G/Z/R gig, in New York, showing his support for us.

I last saw him in Copenhagen, on the HEAVEN & HELL tour, where he interviewed me for a bassist-to-bassist piece. We had lots of fun talking together.

I always maintained that the best SABBATH cover was TYPE O's version of 'Black Sabbath' on the 'Nativity In Black' album.

I always looked forward to hearing what he'd come out with — he was always surprising, musically, and such a very special person.

One of the truly great ones has now left the stage.

R.I. P., Pete — Bog Blast yea.'

BLACK SABBATH-Drummer Bill Ward:

'The flamboyant ambassador of metal's substratum is dead.

I am diverted from my next indicated thing to do. I am compelled to pause and digress and re-listen to one of my all-time favorite bands, TYPE O NEGATIVE. I fall into memorable moments, to enhance my first discoveries of Peter Steele.

I don't want to believe he's died. I've felt in shock since the early morning sad news of today arrived.

Peter Steele — a brilliant musician, songwriter, singer has died. His death is a tragedy and heartbreaking. His passing is an enormous loss to the metal community and to music, period.

In music, he challenged life itself in a poetic, prophetic, charismatic and extraordinarily insightful way. A world observer, a teller of tales, a renaissance man, a man from the future, a powerful force in today's maladies and life challenges.

This man will not be forgotten. I raise my goblet of water and praise him. I thank him, and I burn candles and desire incense aromas to fill our house, now illuminated in his honour. Candles burning outside flicker, and the sea crashes onto the shore. We are still. We are in memory.

Peter, you will be celebrated forever.'

MACHINE HEAD in einem gemeinsamen Statement:

'Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and bandmates of Peter Steele.

MACHINE HEAD shared many a stage with Peter and TYPE O NEGATIVE over the last 15 years, including the Dynamo '95, Ozzfest '97, Dynamo '97, Le Zenith in '99, and a number of festivals in 2007 and 2008. He was an incredible musician and an extremely funny person, with one of the dryest senses of humor of anyone we've ever met.

You will be sorely missed, Pete.'

OPETH-Frontmann Mikael Åkerfeldt:

'Well, I have to say I am shocked by these horrible news....

Basically, I just want to express my condoleances on behalf of OPETH.

Peter and company took us out for a little spin in Germany a few years ago and we became mates with 'em, I guess.

Peter was always very kind to us. From the get-go he went up to [Martin] Mendez [OPETH bassist] and offered him his bass guitar if he wanted to borrow it. I mean, things like that simply don't happen in the rock business anymore, but I think he had a different view on things.

Last time I saw him was a few years ago when he and Johnny [Kelly, drums] and Kenny [Hickey, guitar] came to see us playing the Irving Plaza in New York City. There was a knock on the door, I opened, and there was Peter towering over me. I said, 'Hey, Pete, come in....' and he said, 'You again, I thought you was fired!' Went straight passed me, grabbed a bottle of red from our rider and started guzzling away in the corner, leaving funny remarks at whatever conversations that was going on in the dressing room.

The dude was funny, intense, intimidating and overall, a good guy. That was my impression. Can't say I knew him too well, but we did develop some type of 'heya' friendship with Johnny and Kenny. I also did a song with Josh [Silver, keyboards] a few years ago even though I've never talked to him in person.

Anyways, I just wanted to write something... I am in a bit of a shock, I guess...

Thoughts goes out to Johnny, Kenny and Josh as well as to Peter's families and friends. His and their music lives on, or as they say, echoes in eternity.'

KREATOR-Frontmann Mille Petrozza:

'Peter Steele was one of my all-time favourite musicians ever!

I've only met him once briefly and he was just the nicest guy!

CARNIVORE's 'Retalliation' and all TYPE O NEGATIVE albums have been a huge influence on my creativity.

This is a black day for music!

Rest in peace, Peter.'

LACUNA COIL-Sängerin Cristina Scabbia:

'I haven't heard such bad news in a long time.

I am apalled, speechless.

Silence is more respectful in these circumstances, I know. But everyone who knows me knows that Peter and TYPE O were (and are) an IMMENSE influence in my musical taste and beside that Pete was a charismatic, intense, funny, fantastic person.

I treasure the moments we spent together on this road and I know he's rockin' out both heaven and hell right now.

My deepest condolences to Johnny, Kenny, Josh and Peter's family.

I will miss you, brother, my influence and adorable giant.

We'll meet again somewhere, someday.'

LACUNA COIL-Sänger Andrea Ferro:

'These are a few words from a comic book that I'd like to use to remember Pete Steele.

Thanks a lot for the great journey I had (and will always have) with your music. Thanks a lot for the inspiration and friendship, R.I.P.

He saw the true face of the 20th century and chose to become a reflection, a parody of it. No one else saw the joke, that's why he was lonely. Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, 'Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.' Man bursts into tears. Says 'But, doctor...I am Pagliacci.' Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains Fade to black. (Rorschach)'

MURDERDOLLS-Frontmann Wednesday 13:

'[TYPE O NEGATIVE was a] killer band, [and Peter was a] killer guy altogether. I luckily got to know those guys and I did some tours with them. It kind of bummed me out this morning getting the full confirmation on it and taking a look at pictures and stuff. It's a shitty day, but that guy was fucking killer — a huge influence on me, a great great band, an underrated artist. [He will be] truly missed.'

EXCITER-Sänger Kenny Winter:

'Kenny Winter and EXCITER would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Peter Steele. I had the opportunity to meet him back in '93 at the famed Limelight in New York City. I don't have to elaborate how intimidated I was by his height but he had such calm demeanor and a soft spoken way about him that immediately put me at ease. Our conversation was short but he made such an impression that I became a fan. I saw his CARNIVORE reunion show at the Limelight as well, one of the most primal performances I have ever witnessed. Fan reaction was enviable. But, funny as it may seem, one of the things I remember the most is his car [see picture below]… it scared the hell out me.

From CARNIVORE to TYPE O NEGATIVE, Pete Steele was an ass-kickin' performer.

Forever immortal.'

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