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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Another old school rocker is lost.

Subject: RIP Voi Vod's Piggy roadburn@...
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This is some really bad news...

VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour passed away Friday night (August 26)
at approximately 11:45 p.m. due to complications from advanced colon
cancer - so advanced that the disease had spread to his liver. D'Amour
slipped into a coma Thursday night and died less than 24 hours later in the
palliative care unit of a Montreal hospital, surrounded by family and
friends. He was 45 years old.

Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil reported yesterday that D'Amour - who was
diagnosed with colon cancer earlier in the summer - first entered the
hospital for a routine operation, but several complications led his doctors
to suspect more problems. Then the grim verdict was revealed: the cancer,
already too advanced, was inoperable.
Only two months ago, D'Amour was in the studio working on the 14th album
from the Canadian thrash-metal pioneers VOIVOD. More than two dozen tracks
are believed to have been demoed for the CD, for which the group recently
inked a deal with The End Records. However, the band were forced to put
studio work on hold while bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA) was treated
for tendonitis.
Newsted was a huge fan of VOIVOD before he was invited to join and he
remains a great admirer to this day. "They created something a long, long
time ago that may have been emulated many, many times since - but nobody can
do it like the original," he offered.

Prior to his hospitalization, D'Amour laid down guitar tracks for a reunion
CD from the legendary AUT'CHOSE, a '70s band from Montreal. That album is
expected to surface next summer.


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