Founding Climax Blues Band guitarist Pete Haycock has died at the age of 62 of an apparent heart attack, according to a post on the group's official website.
Lou Reed was a rock 'n' roll hero. You hear that a lot about artists. Sometimes it's true; most times it's hyperbole to elevate a mediocre-to-middling career to someplace it reached for but never quite grasped. Reed reached continuously throughout his 50 years of making music, and more often that not, he firmly held on to whatever it was he had in his grip. Lou Reed was more than a rock 'n' roll hero. He was a pioneer of rock 'n' roll attitude.
Jan Kuehnemund, guitarist and founding member of glam-metal pioneers Vixen, has died after what was deemed a "fierce battle" with cancer. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Kuehnemund started Vixen while still in high school, eventually relocating to Los Angeles in 1981. She was 51.
Guitarist Phil Chevron has died after a long battle with cancer. Even though he got his start as a founding member of the Radiators From Space, one of the many bands to emerge from the late-'70s punk scene in England, Chevron was best known as the guitarist for the Irish punk band the Pogues. He was 56.
Doug Grassel, a guitarist for the Ohio Express, died on Sept. 21, 2013, from fibrosis of the lungs. He was 64.