Guns N’ Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Announces Death of Seattle Rock Legend
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan took to twitter to announce the death of Seattle punk rock legend Mike Refuzor (Michael Lambert). Refuzor fronted The Refuzors and The DT’s (Delirium Tremens).
Jivetime Records discussed The Refuzors’ hey day in article a few years ago saying, “During the early to mid 1980s The Refuzors were A-list Seattle punk rockers. They were one of the best live bands around. Uncompromising, edgy and raw. They could have been lumped in with alot of hardcore bands from that era but for one thing. The songwriting, mostly by guitarist and vocalist Mike Refuzor set them far ahead of other great hardcore Seattle bands. And they were always unexpectedly fun.
The Refuzors started out as a trio, and it’s probably their original line-up or Mike Refuzor (Mike Lambert) Bass and Vocals, Danny Refuzor (Danny Barton) on guitar and Roach Refuzor Dan Bradshaw) on drums that is most memorable. Other incarnations included Ward Refuzor (Ward Nelson) on guitar, Al Dams, Mike Purdon on bass and Renee Refuzor (Renee Vazquez) doing some of the vocals.
The Refuzors never made it out of the confines of the Seattle/Portland alt vortex. They probably never made a penny, but the Refuzors were the real deal. Totally without guile or bullshit, their lives and music were undistinguishable. They were hombres, outside the lines, with fiercely loyal fans. By the late 80s, though, the band slowly unraveled from drugs, alcohol and limited recognition outside the Northwest. They called it quits in 1989.”
Gibson Starts Layoffs as Credit Rating Downgraded
According to SixxSense Gibson, the maker of the iconic guitars has announced layoffs as the company’s credit rating was lowered/
“The world’s most iconic guitar company is hurdling towards two deadlines this summer at which it must come up with a plan to pay its creditors and bondholders more than half-a-billion dollars.
The CCC- rating comes with the description “Default imminent with little prospect for recovery.”
Gibson representatives have been bullish on the company’s chances of survival, but Gibson also recently announced it was firing 15 employees at its vaunted Nashville Custom Shop ahead of a big debt refinancing effort.