The surviving members of TYPE O NEGATIVE have honored their late frontman, Peter Steele, on what would have been his 60th birthday (January 4)
Peter Steele died in 2010 from apparent sepsis caused by diverticulitis, originally diagnosed as heart failure, at the age of 48.
“We miss our friend and brother every day” say the members of TYPE O NEGATIVE. “Today would have been his 60th birthday and we celebrate him,” the group began in a tweet that was accompanied by a photo of the beloved ‘Green Man’ lying in a grassy field in his usual attire of green torso garment and black jeans.”
Referencing a track off the band’s 1999 release “World Coming Down“, the band continued, “While it may be true that ‘Everything Dies‘ we still wish it wasn’t yet with you.”
Peter Steele was born Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk and was known for his massive stature, vampiric appearance, 6 ft 8 frame, rich bass vocals, and dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor. His lyrics have been described as “often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss and addiction.”
Peter Steele always credited BLACK SABBATH and THE BEATLES as his main musical influences.
TYPE O NEGATIVE was a prominent gothic metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 1989. The band’s core members included Steele (vocals and bass), Josh Silver (keyboards and backing vocals), Kenny Hickey (guitar and backing vocals), and Sal Abruscato (drums) who was later replaced by Johnny Kelly. Known for their dark and atmospheric sound, the group released their debut album, “Slow, Deep and Hard,” in 1991, blending elements of doom metal, gothic rock, and black humor.
Their breakthrough came with the album “Bloody Kisses” in 1993, featuring the hit single “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All).” The album’s success earned them a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The band continued to release albums like “October Rust” (1996) and “World Coming Down” (1999), solidifying their status as a gothic metal powerhouse.
Tragedy struck the band in 2010 when Peter Steele passed away, leading to the band’s dissolution. TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s legacy endures through their influential music, marked by its brooding atmosphere and distinctive blend of genres.
We miss our friend and brother every day. Today would have been his 60th birthday and we celebrate him. While it may be true that Everything Dies we still wish it wasn’t yet with you. pic.twitter.com/8LOCIPTB5K
— Type O Negative (@typeonegative) January 4, 2022