Saturday, November 03, 2007

Killing Joke Bassist Paul Raven R.I.P.

I meant to post something here, sooner...

During his time in NYC, Raven used to hang out a bit at Big Bar, an East Village bar that Steve Silver (ex-Intrinsic Action synth, ex-Killing Joke tour manager) and I used to work at. He was a totally fun guy to talk with, and he was connected to so many bands and musicians that I have liked/known over the years... Killing Joke being a long-time favorite of mine, to say the least. "Night Time" is one of my all-time favorite albums...

Paul Vincent Raven -- bassist for post-punk pioneers Killing Joke and, in more recent years, industrial elder statesmen Ministry-- was found dead Saturday, October 20 in a private home in a small French village on the border of Switzerland, near Geneva. According to initial reports, his death was the result of a heart attack.

The 46-year-old Raven was in the thick of a couple different musical projects at the time of his death. He was in Geneva to record with French band Treponem Pal, and he planned to release an album by Mob Research-- a collaboration with members of Warrior Soul and the Mission UK-- on Ministry leader Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records next year.

After Raven's death, Jourgensen released a statement saying, "I am in total shock. The world of music is a sadder, emptier place. Not only was Raven an extraordinary talent, but one of my closest dearest friends. Our condolences and prayers go to his immediate family. He will be truly missed by artists, musicians, and his fans the world over."