Midnight, Singer of 80s Metallers Crimson Glory, is Dead at 47
Remember Crimson Glory — the glitzy, some say elegantly, masked Metal band of the late 80s?
Well, Blabbermouth.net learned today that the band’s former singer, Midnight (above, unmasked), died yesterday of kidney and liver failure. There was no mention of this being due to prolonged substance abuse (even though he had a history of DUI). And he had been “dismissed” from the band for what seemed to be unexplained reasons.
Personally, I was never a huge fan of Crimson Glory. But Powerline magazine covered them a lot in the 80s.
Some of the band’s songs were hard-edged (like Red Sharks, below) — which I loved back then — while others (like “Lonely,” also below on video) were somewhat flaccid with the trend of 80s power ballads . There was no denying, however, Midnight (real name: John Patrick Jr. McDonald) was a top-notch metal singer that never got the real praise he deserved (i.e., Geoff Tate-like praise).
Matt LaPorte, guitarist of Jon Oliva’s Pain, had a good comment on the vocalist’s life:
“I will miss my partner Midnight — the greatest voice and friend I’ve ever known. In spite of his demons, (Midnight) was a beautiful soul who constantly changed the lives of those he met and came into contact with.”
The sad thing is that Midnight had plans to release a solo album, All Souls Midnight, announced last year.
I’ll try to dig up some past Powerline interviews with Midnight and post them as a tribute.
Strangely, there is no mention of Midnight’s death on any of the Crimson Glory sites as of yet.
Click here for the official statement: powerlinead.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/official-stement-from-crimson-glory-on-midnights-death/
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