GWAR frontman Dave Brockie has paid tribute to Ministry and Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia, saying the “metal and music world in general” has “lost a true legend” following his death.
In the lengthy tribute, which was posted in full by Blabbermouth, Brockie said that the ‘GWAR family grieves deeply with the many friends, fans, and family that Mike left behind”.
If there is one thing I have realized in this last year, it’s that the life we are given is incredibly precious and can be snatched away from us at any moment. You have to savor every drop and get every molecule of sweetness you can…and you have to protect and cherish all of your loved ones with every bit of strength your heart can muster. An easy task? No. But in order to give life meaning, it is one we must essay, endure, and triumph over.
I don’t think many would argue that Mike’s trademark guitar sound jumpstarted MINISTRY and forged some of the most memorable sounds that legendary band ever created. The hugeness of MINISTRY made many miss Mike’s groundbreaking work with RIGOR MORTIS, one of the seminal thrash metal acts to ever spurn the face of this bloody clod we call Earth. He was, quite simply, a guitar God.
The GWAR family grieves deeply with the many friends, fans, and family that Mike left behind.
Again our hearts go out to all who are suffering through this incredible loss, and I ask the GWAR family to help, if they can.
Scaccia died after suffering a seizure while performing at Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt’s 50th birthday party in Texas last week. His memorial service was planned to take place in Texas overnight.