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MICHELLE MELDRUM PASSES AWAY:
Tragically there is yet more sad news to report with this update just in:
Hollywood (May 21, 200
- On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.
Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the bands soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.
Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son. Meldrum, 39 is survived by her parents and three year old son, Jake Thomas. Her family and band members appreciate all the support that has been shown over the past few days through this trying time. A memorial tribute benefit will be announced in the following weeks.
Michelle Meldrum was born in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors, and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 13. She started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band Wargod with drummer Gene Hoglan, then moved on to become both co-founder and lead guitarist in Phantom Blue. Phantom Blue released its self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records in the U.S. (Roadrunner in Europe and Japan) and eventually landed a major label deal with Geffen.
While her career flourished, Michelle moved to Sweden to form Meldrum. After many successful tours with such acts as Motörhead and Black Label Society, she reunited with Gene in 2006 when he appeared as a guest on Meldrum album and events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Michelle moved back to America where she and Gene began and completed writing the third Meldrum album together."
Sad to hear. I thought she was a great female player.