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Creepy Green Light” is a song by Type O Negative, included on the fifth album World Coming Down, released in September 13th 1999. This song was formerly titled “Spooky Green Light” before it was renamed while the album was in production.

It is track #8 in the album World Coming Down.

Creepy Green Light has a BPM/tempo of 130, is in the key C Major and has a duration of 06:56. Below is a table of the meta data for Creepy Green Light.

This song is split into three cantos—the first and third cantos are titled “Creepy Green Light”, and the one in the middle is titled “Frightening Black Night”. The middle is instrumental featuring an organ followed by doom metal riff over it, so all the lyrics are sung during the first and third cantos.

Celebrate 100 Years of ‘Nosferatu’ With Film Synced to Type O Negative Songs

On March 4, 1922, the historic silent horror film Nosferatu was released in Germany and, to celebrate its 100th anniversary, what better way for any headbanger to do so with the version of the movie that’s synced up exclusively to Type O Negative songs.

Directed by F.W. Murnau and produced by Enrico Dieckmann, Albin Grau and Prana Film, Nosferatu is a 94 minute silent film starring actor Max Schrek as the indelibly haunting Count Orlok (the name given to the Count Dracula character and applied to Stoker’s narrative). Shorter versions of the film, such as the one below which is synced to Type O Negative, and the abbreviated length has been attributed to the distribution of copies that were sped-up versions of the original.

So, turn out the lights, get your black candles burning and raise a toast to the world-famous vampire flick Nosferatu and heavy metal’s own beloved vampire, Peter Steele and watch the version set to 10 Type O Negative songs in the video below.

Songs Used in Type O Negative Overdub of Nosferatu, In Order of Appearance*

* not all songs used in their entirety

“Der Untermensch” — Slow, Deep and Hard

“Love You to Death” (edit) — October Rust

“Red Water (Christmas Mourning)” — October Rust

“Xero Tolerance” —Slow, Deep and Hard

“Glass Walls of Limbo (Dance Mix)” — Slow, Deep and Hard

“Green Man” — October Rust

“Christian Woman” — Bloody Kisses

“My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” — October Rust

“Die With Me” — October Rust

“Prelude to Agony” — Slow, Deep and Hard

1922 Silent Horror Film Nosferatu Synced to Type O Negative Songs

Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series “Spooktober Edition,” where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore tunes from the 60’s to today. Enjoy the trip!

Creepy Green Light” is a song by Type O Negative, included on the fifth album World Coming Down, released in September 13th 1999. This song was formerly titled “Spooky Green Light” before it was renamed while the album was in production.

It is track #8 in the album World Coming Down.

Creepy Green Light has a BPM/tempo of 130, is in the key C Major and has a duration of 06:56. Below is a table of the meta data for Creepy Green Light.

This song is split into three cantos—the first and third cantos are titled “Creepy Green Light”, and the one in the middle is titled “Frightening Black Night”. The middle is instrumental featuring an organ followed by doom metal riff over it, so all the lyrics are sung during the first and third cantos.

11 years ago today, Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele died

On the 10th anniversary of his death, many articles have been published memorializing Peter Steele, the singer, songwriter, and bassist of gothic metal band Type O Negative, but only a few mention that he passed away in Scranton.

That may seem like an unlikely place for a rock star to reside, but public records show that Peter Thomas Ratajczyk, better known as Peter Steele, lived in a simple home at 1453 St. Ann Street in West Scranton in 2009-2010. According to the biography “Soul on Fire – The Life and Music of Peter Steele” by metal journalist Jeff Wagner, he also attended services regularly at St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine Basilica just up the street:

Peter reveled in singing at church. On Christmas Eve 2009, he was late for the service and had to sit in the only available space, the front and center pew. Even if Peter was incredibly self-conscious about that, he belted out each hymn with booming baritone passion. As he sang, one wonders if Peter was thinking of all those who had passed away, unable to congratulate him on finding his own place of peace, unable to share it with him. His father, his mother, his sister Annette, various aunts, uncles, and friends. “Sleep in heavenly peace,” sang that unmistakable voice in its rich, inspired tones. “Sleep in heavenly peace…”

His obituary has no mention of his Scranton residence:

Peter Steele, vocalist and bassist for the platinum-selling band Type O Negative, has died at 48.

He died of apparent heart failure, though the official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results.

The Brooklyn-based band released seven studio albums. Their breakout success was 1993’s platinum-selling “Bloody Kisses,”featuring “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” and the band’s cover of Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze.” Though they scored few subsequent commercial successes in the U.S., the band toured extensively and enjoyed a large European fan base.

The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date.

It was later reported that he died of an aortic aneurysm on April 14, 2010, and his estate clarified that the cause of death was actually sepsis brought on by diverticulitis. While Steele struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his life, he was clean and sober by 2009 and allegedly living in Scranton to be close to his girlfriend following his recovery.

This short obituary seems to undercut the influential sound and massive fan base Type O Negative garnered with world tours and seven studio albums in the 1990s and early 2000s which, in addition to “Bloody Kisses,” included 1996’s gold-selling “October Rust” and what ended up being their final record, “Dead Again,”released in 2007 after leaving their longtime label, Roadrunner Records.

A statement issued by Steele’s family following his death described Type O Negative as “a groundbreaking group known for its dramatic lyrical emphasis on the themes of romance, depression, and death. Steele, renowned as much for his striking physical appearance as his musical talent, was the creative force behind the band’s 20-year success, writing most of the material for their albums. Type O Negative and Steele have been lauded as a major influence by numerous alternative and metal bands. … Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends, and family.”

His bandmates said he seemed to be doing well just before his untimely death, and he was excited about making their next album. “Ironically, Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music,” the band noted in their official statement. In a new interview with Billboard, drummer Johnny Kelly recalls when Steele was living in Scranton:

Following the Dead Again World Tour that ended in Detroit on Halloween 2009 – what turned out to be the foursome’s last show together – Kelly and Steele spoke often in the time leading up to his death. [Guitarist Kenny] Hickey and Kelly were living in Staten Island; Steele was in Scranton, Pa., with his girlfriend. Steele had found a place situated right between Hickey’s and Kelly’s, and was planning to move back by May 1 so they could begin writing and recording their eighth album. Kelly says that was also the date they could start moving gear into a local studio.

“Kenny and I went to check out a place the night before he died and tried calling him while we were at the studio to tell him that we found a place, and he didn’t answer,” he remembers. Steele had bad reception on his cell phone, so they tried his landline. “I called him on the house phone, and his girlfriend answered, and I said, ‘Can I talk to Peter?,’ and she said he was in bed sick.” (Steele was sick with the flu several days prior to his death.) “She said, ‘He told me to tell you, “Sorry I didn’t call you back.”’”

Steele also had a very sick cat, and Kelly feared the animal’s illness may have left Steele in an emotional state that led him to relapse. “When I was on the phone, I said, ‘Is there anything going on out there that I should know about?’” recalls Kelly. “She was like, ‘No, he’s sick, nothing like that.’ I was like, ‘Tell him to call me when he’s feeling better.’

“And then I got a call from his sister that night that he passed away,” he says. “So that’s it.”

The surviving members chose not to continue with the band following his death. Steele was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York, and an oak tree was planted in Prospect Park in Brooklyn in 2011 to remember him in his hometown. A photo by MCMZone dated January of 2010 shows Steele posing with singer/songwriter Myke Hideous and a film crew in Scranton just a few months before he died. They were recording his last-known interview for a documentary called “Living the American Nightmare,” which was released in 2011.

While he grew a beard and put on some weight at the time, Steele had long black hair and stood 6′ 8″ tall, so he would have been hard to miss during his brief time in Scranton, though few may have looked for a tattooed frontman known for his dark lyrics and humor – as well as his infamous nude photo shoot for Playgirl – in a church on St. Ann Street.

The band has sold 2.5 million albums and accumulated 98.4 million streams in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, so it’s clear that his legacy will live on for many years to come as fans all over the world listen to his music and mourn him today.

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“All Hallows Eve” By Type O Negative, Album: World Coming Down 1999

As with the band’s previous album, October Rust, this album also has a ‘joke intro’: in this case, “Skip It”, 11 seconds of staccato band noise, is meant to sound as if the listener’s CD player is skipping. Cassette versions had the noise of a tape being ‘eaten’ by the tape player, whilst the vinyl version begins as if the record is damaged and stuck in a locked groove during the intro of “White Slavery”. The track ends with the band’s guitarist, Kenny Hickey, shouting “Sucker!”

The first song, “White Slavery”, deals with cocaine addiction. Discussing his dalliance with the drug and inspiration behind the song in a 1999 Kerrang! interview, Steele recalled: “There were a handful of times that were fucking horrible, but one night in particular was really bad, and that’s when I stopped doing it. I was really depressed and homesick, and the worst part is when you’re coming down from it. It’s five in the morning and there’s no one to talk to, you’re on a tour bus doing 80mph and you look out the window and it looks like you’re on Mars. All I could think about was jumping out of the bus while it was moving, but that would have made too many people happy.”

Two other songs, “Everyone I Love Is Dead” and “Everything Dies”, touch on the difficulties of watching family members and loved ones die. Another track, “Who Will Save the Sane?”, which deals with mental illness and psychiatry, incorporates, among other oddities, Peter Steele reciting the number pi to 9 decimal places (3.141592653).

The album contains three “soundscape” tracks, which are named after internal organs, as segues between songs. Each of these songs is intended to suggest the possibilities of the deaths the members of the band may have suffered at the time: “Sinus” as death from cocaine use, “Liver” as death through alcohol abuse and “Lung” as death from smoking. In an ironic foreboding, Steele once told a close friend that he could not bear to listen to “Sinus” after it was mixed and completed, because the sound of the heartbeat escalating to its furious pace after the cocaine-snorting sound effect actually drove him to the point of an anxiety attack because of its realism.

Also included at the end of the album is a cover song, a medley of three Beatles songs. An additional song recorded during the album sessions, “12 Black Rainbows,” was issued as the B-side for the “Everything Dies” single; later, it was included on the compilation album The Least Worst Of with two other unreleased tracks from the same sessions (“It’s Never Enough” and “Stay Out of My Dreams”).

The reversed vocal technique of backmasking is used in several places on the album; some segments are more audibly apparent than others. In particular, backmasking during the intro section of “Creepy Green Light”, which was originally titled “Spooky Green Light”, refers to a third-person “spell” of a friend’s intention to be reunited with a dead spouse.

Following its release the members of Type O Negative had mixed opinions about the music on World Coming Down. Keyboardist and producer Josh Silver felt that the music was strong, while vocalist, bass guitarist and principal songwriter Peter Steele said the songs were too strongly connected to an uncomfortable period in his life. Live shows performed since the initial tour to support World Coming Down usually had very few, if any, selections from the album in the set list. However, the band often played the song “World Coming Down” in its entirety during the Dead Again tour.

The album cover features a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge.

All Hallows Eve” is a song related to “Creepy Green Light” in some ways, including lyrically. According to Simple Anime reviewing WCD. This song is about Steele making a pact with the devil who’ll give Pete a spell in return used to bring back his girlfriend from the dead. Hearing this song makes fans wish they had ability to bring back loved ones.

On This Day in History, April 14th Remembering Peter Steele Of Type O Negative

Type O Negative vocalist/bassist Peter Steele died ten years ago on Apr. 14 and, although criminally underrated, they still left a lasting impression both music and horror fans.

Metal, regardless of which subgenre your more familiar with, goes remarkably well with horror movies — there’s no disputing that. It doesn’t matter if it’s a slasher film, creature features, ghost or zombie flicks, whatever it is. Unsurprisingly, certain metal groups appear on multiple soundtracks throughout their careers. One band that was very unique in their approach to convey emotion, sensuality and dark humor with depth was Type O Negative.

I first got into Type O Negative after a friend recommended them to me and I promptly bought the October Rust CD. I remember being overwhelmed and totally impressed with each and every song. Soon after I bought Bloody Kisses and from there I did a deep dive and bought all their albums while impatiently awaiting future releases.

Below is a list of movies featuring the “Drab Four” on their soundtrack.

1) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Off their 1993 album, “Bloody Kisses,” Type O Negative released this Seals and Crofts cover. It’s featured in the opening of the Kevin Williamson ’90s hit, I Know What You Did Last Summer. The camera is moving over a body of water to its destination and slowly the song transitions to the film’s score by John Debney. It’s a strong mood setter, especially with the sound effects added in.

Something about their cover of Summer Breeze is perfect for this opening. It feels sarcastic, insincere and perhaps a tad dangerous. Either way you look at it, it’s a huge departure from what the 1972 original’s vibe is like.

Noteworthy in the band’s history: “Bloody Kisses” earned them recognition from the Recording Industry Association of America. Also noteworthy, drummer Sal Abruscato quit the band shortly after and was replaced by their drum technician, Johnny Kelly.

2) Nosferatu (1922 silent film, released in 1998)

Courtesy of Arrow Videos and DigiView Entertainment, the original 1922 silent film was re-released in 1998 with music taken from 1991’s Slow, Deep and Hard, 1993’s Bloody Kisses and 1996’s October Rust. If interested, you can watch it in full on YouTube, but if you’d prefer a DVD copy, check here. The song I’ll choose to highlight comes off October Rust. Green man is an earthy, tranquil song that suits any season and any purpose.

3) Bride of Chucky (1998)

The song, “Love You to Death,” appears as track number six on the official soundtrack, however, it doesn’t appear in the movie. It’s interesting because the album cover reads, “Music from and inspired by the Motion Picture”, but the song came out in 1996; so if it’s neither featured in the film, nor inspired by it, why is it listed?

I just wished they actually used it somewhere in the movie. It’s a sexy, goth romance song that’s as beautiful and overwhelming as it is passionately played and mellifluously sung.

4) The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Blair Witch Project — Courtesy of Lionsgate

Say what you will about this found footage flick, but the soundtrack isn’t half bad. Included on it, is the 1996 track, Haunted. It’s ethereal, otherworldly, tragic and effective in every sense. While none of the songs on the soundtrack actually made it to the film, the idea was to market the hell out of it by releasing a mixed CD the character Josh had in his car before disappearing. It’s funny to note that, if memory serves, the film takes place in 1994, despite being released in 1999. “Haunted” was not released until 1996. The film was shot in late October of 1997 and became a hit two years later during its festival run.

5) Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

“(We Were) Electrocute” is one of many awesome tracks on the film’s official soundtrack. It’s a mournful yet celebratory track of heavy riffs complimenting reflective lyrics softly albeit passionately sung. The track is off Type O Negative’s 2003 album, “Life is Killing Me.” The album would be their last with Roadrunner records. Although not the first, Freddy vs. Jason is certainly one of the greater horror soundtracks offering a variety of different types of metal.

Type O Negative disbanded shortly after Peter Steele died on Apr. 14, 2010. His death was from an aortic aneurysm. Since then, Keyboardist Josh Silver has become a certified EMT in New York, while guitarist and vocalist Kenny Hickey has help positions in several bands, including Danzig and Seventh Void along with drummer Johnny Kelly, who also plays in A Pale Horse Named Death with Type O’s original drummer, Sal Abruscato on vocals.

I strongly feel as though, all these years later, Type O Negative still isn’t given nearly the credit they deserve. Not only has the band become a source of inspiration, but their music has helped me through some rough times. I was even fortunate enough to see them in concert.

If you haven’t heard of the band before, I highly recommend you check them out. Especially if you’re a fan of any of the aforementioned horror movies. How many of the songs and movies are you familiar with?

Type O Negative Re-Releasing ‘Bloody Kisses’ With Bonus Tracks

Written By Christy Lee

A limited edition 25th-anniversary LP of Type O Negative‘s Platinum-selling album Bloody Kisses will be re-released for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day sale. The last  album to feature the band’s original line-up, it features one of their best-known songs, “Black No. 1.” The Record Store Day Black Friday anniversary edition includes an extra  LP of bonus tracks making their debut on vinyl, and will is pressed on 180g  green and black mixed colored vinyl.

The LP will be available for purchase Friday, Nov. 23 and limited to 5,000 copies. Check out the track listing below.

A1 Machine Screw A2 Christian Woman A3 Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

B1 Fay Wray Come Out and Play B2 Kill All The White People B3 Summer Breeze B4 Set Me On Fire

C1 Dark Side Of The Womb C2 We Hate Everyone C3 Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)

D1 3.O.I.F. D2 Too Late: Frozen D3 Blood & Fire D4 Can’t Lose You

E1 Suspended In Dusk E2 Black Sabbath (From The Satanic Perspective) E3 Summer Breeze (Rick Rubin Mix)

F1 Christian Woman (Edit) F2 Christian Woman (Butt-Kissing Sell-Out Version) F3 Black No. 1 (Edit) F4 Blood & Fire (Out Of The Ashes Mix)

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Goth Metal titans Type O Negative released their signature album, Bloody Kisses, in 1993. I first heard them via the video for Black No. 1, and immediately fell in love with the deep dark tones of Peter Steele’s voice. I saw them live opening for PanterA and found that Mr. Steele was a very intimidating figure on stage, also. He told us that if it were up to him, he would have let us all in to the show for free. This met with a huge roar of approval from the crowd…until he added, with just the perfectly timed pause, “but I would charge you $50 apiece to leeeeeaaaave!” It was a great example of his ghoulish sense of humor. That humor played a key role in the lyrics and cover song choices the band made throughout their career. Bloody Kisses featured a cover of Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts (about as un-metal as a song can get). Steele and Co. turned it into a goth classic with ease. Other standouts for me were the dark and foreboding Christian Woman, the punk masterpiece We Hate Everyone, and Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family). Kill All The White People was pretty hilarious, too. A great band cut short by the untimely death of Peter Steele in 2010. Thankfully, the music lives on, because there aren’t many other bands like this, and that is a shame.


Type O Negative fans could hardly be blamed for being skeptical when news broke in 2010 that the band’s frontman Peter Steele was dead. They had heard this before. In 2005, visitors to the group’s website were met by an image of a gravestone inscribed with the phrase, “Peter Steele—1962-2005… Free at Last.”

It turned out that the post was a practical joke by keyboardist Josh Silver and Steele, a man with a sense of humor as dark as the hair dye he rhapsodized in his band’s biggest hit, “Black No. 1.” But even some of their other bandmates weren’t in on the prank.

“I started getting emails and phone calls the next morning,” recalls drummer Johnny Kelly, who played with Type O since 1994. “Everyone was asking, ‘What happened, what happened?’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ I remember getting in touch with Josh and saying, ‘What the hell are you guys doing?!'”

Half a decade later, the news was no joke. On April 14, Steele, born Petrus T. Ratajczyk, died at his home from heart failure at age 48. Ironically, after years of heavy drinking and drug use, the iconic frontman was sober when he passed away.

The looming, muscular, six-foot-seven Steele cut his teeth in underground acts Fallout and Carnivore, but he’s remembered foremost as the cornerstone of Type O Negative, the self-dubbed “Drab Four” who fused the monolithic doom of Black Sabbath to the goth romanticism of Sisters of Mercy on classic albums like 1993’s Bloody Kisses.

Nearly six months after his demise, Revolver sat down at Steele’s favorite Brooklyn drinking hole, Duff’s, with Kelly, band co-founder and guitarist Kenny Hickey, and keyboardist and childhood friend Josh Silver to remember their lost leader.

REVOLVER What was Peter like as a child?

JOSH SILVER I grew up with him since I was 10 and he was very large even then. I think it was a problem for him to be six feet tall when you’re 13. People would see him and think he was 20. He would ride his bike and make crazy animal noises with this big Yankees horn. People thought that was pretty odd.

Were you two troublemakers?

SILVER We were destructive little fuckers. We’d blow up army men with M80s and we liked to burn stuff. We did something too close to a bunch of school windows once and they all melted.

Was Peter an angry kid?

SILVER I think his anger towards his entire catholic school education is pretty apparent if you’ve heard Carnivore. He didn’t have girlfriends growing up, which was also rough for him.

When did Peter start playing bass?

SILVER He was a guitarist at first and he picked up a bass because I was in a band called Fallout and we really needed a bass player. He didn’t want to sing originally, either. I pushed him into it. He was very uptight about his voice. He wasn’t great at first but he developed into a pretty decent vocalist. But I don’t think he ever enjoyed being a frontman.

During Carnivore and the early days of Type O, Peter was famously working doing maintenance and driving trucks for the Brooklyn Parks department.
SILVER He liked working for the Parks Department because it was predictable. Peter liked routine.

KENNY HICKEY One of the main reasons Carnivore broke up was because Peter hated leaving Brooklyn to tour. The furthest they got was Washington D.C., and he nearly had a nervous breakdown. He hated “rock and roll,” he hated the road, he hated, quote-unquote, “living like white trash.” He just wanted to create music.

Kenny, in 1989, you, Peter, Josh, and drummer Sal Abruscato started Subzero, which became Type O Negative. What was the first rehearsal like?

HICKEY It was hilarious. Peter was wearing reading glasses and had cut his hair short because he had just applied to be a cop. He was all clean-cut because he thought he was going to give up the rock-and-roll thing.

Didn’t Peter slash his wrists in 1989?

SILVER Yeah, there were a couple of times Pete tried to commit suicide. How serious was it? I guess we’ll never know. He certainly had a lot of scars and he was always self-destructive. He had multiple hospitalizations and suicide attempts. But when a lot of them happened, we said, “Oh, this isn’t a real attempt. This is just bullshit.” Because Pete was a very smart guy. If he really wanted to snuff it, he could have.

Why did Peter finally quit his job with the Parks Department?

HICKEY Before the Bloody Kisses tour, we met with the president of [the band’s label] Roadrunner, and Peter finally said, “Look, if you’re going to put all you’ve got into the band, then I’ll agree, quit my job and go on the road.” That’s how we finally got him to tour.

Did Peter have a hard time on the road?

HICKEY Change was always hard for him. It was upsetting for him to leave the state or not be in his own bed. He was like, “I regret the day I left the Parks Department.” Although in the end, he really loved going on tour. I think he spent so much time on tour that it eventually became his normal safety zone. It switched over.

Mötley Crüe invited you out during the Bloody Kisses cycle. Any memorable stories from that tour?

HICKEY It was pure insanity. We were the premier white-trash stripper band. Every night when we came offstage, these desperate fat guys working for us would round up the strippers and you’d go to the front and there would be 20 sets of legs. The bus was shaking, music was blasting, people were dancing every night. It was the exact opposite of what you’d picture the band would be, like, by listening to our music.

Peter would give a guy $100 bucks if he brought a chick backstage and he actually got laid. He was with two, three different girls a day. And then he decided to design the band towards getting more girls. 1996’s October Rust was intentionally sensual. That was Peter’s “pimp record,” and it worked. It’s a great record, but it was designed to score him women.

Were those Peter’s happiest times?

JOHNNY KELLY Peter was never happy. He wasn’t happy with the way he looked. He wasn’t happy with his family life. He wasn’t happy with anything.

In August 1995, Peter was a Playgirl centerfold. Did you know he was going to pose for the magazine?

KELLY Yeah, we talked him into it. I thought it was so outrageous that if you’ve got the balls to do it, go for it. And it worked. Here it is 15 years later, it’s brought up in every interview. That’s what we’ll be remembered for 25 years from now.

Was he upset to find that a large percentage of Playgirl‘s readers are gay men?

HICKEY He just got upset when gay guys came up and asked him to autograph the picture. Some of them even came up to me and I was like, “I ain’t signing that, get the fuck out of here.”

Did Peter know he had a heart condition?

SILVER He was diagnosed years ago with atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat.

HICKEY He always said that he always felt the flutter in his heart, even when he was a kid, so he might have been born with it.

And sometimes he would just get sick. There was one point where he was in the hospital before a Hatebreed tour. The dude was green from his feet to his head. He had yellow eyes, jaundice, and he ended up in the hospital. Eight different surgeons were trying to figure out what was wrong with him and none of them spoke English. They said, “What kind of drugs do you do?” And he said, “Cocaine, alcohol, and redheads.” So the doctors come back in three days later and are talking to me and say, “Excuse me, we need to know what are redheads?” They thought it was a pill or a drug.

A few years ago, Peter moved to rural Pennsylvania with his new girlfriend. Did he like being away from the city?

SILVER He hated it. Peter liked the woods, but he was bored out of his mind.

HICKEY One day he calls me at 2 in the morning and goes, “Can I tell you a story?” At the time, he was living with his girlfriend and he had another girl on the side. He says, “I was at the other girl’s house, and then I got a call from my girlfriend saying she was going to be home in a few minutes. I got dressed in pitch black, wasted out of my mind. I get in my Jeep and I’m driving down the road and a bear jumps out in front of me. I swerved off the road and hit a pole.” So the cops show up, arrest him, his main girlfriend comes to bail him out and picks him up. He goes back to her house—and here’s the kicker. He gets undressed and she says, “What are you wearing?” It turned out he had his other girlfriend’s panties on because he got dressed in the dark when he was really drunk.

KELLY I don’t believe the bear part. But that accident is what made him get sober. He had to go to court and they put an ankle bracelet on him that detects alcohol consumption. The cops said, “If this comes up dirty, you’re going to jail for six months.” He didn’t want to go to jail again so he took it serious and straightened up. And he was clean and sober from then until the day he died.

Was Peter in a relatively good headspace at that point?

HICKEY Yeah, he was sober, coherent, and really excited about working on the next Type O record.

Was it a complete shock to you when he died?

SILVER I was surprised, but to be honest, I was shocked that he lived as long as he did. His lifestyle was so unhealthy that I couldn’t believe he was as strong as a horse most of the time.

HICKEY There were many times where we were like, Oh-oh, this is it. A million times. Nobody could consume like him, nobody. Nobody could drink as much as him, nobody could do as much drugs as him, nobody could eat as much as him, and nobody could fuck as much as that man. He was the only guy I knew who could do two eight balls and eat $60 dollars worth of Chinese food. The only guy.

On This Day in History

On this date in history, I witnessed my first Pantera show back in 1995 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis. From start to finish it was an absolutely pepsi collusieumastounding display of vulgar power…truly stronger than all! The show started with a really solid set by the goth metal powerhouse, Type O Negative. I remember complaining about the guitar player’s sound, but other than that small detail, I thoroughly enjoyed their time on the stage. Peter Steele was amazing, from his general appearance (jet black hair, tall and menacing sinister demeanor) to his hilarious comments between songs. At one point he proclaimed that if it would have been up to him we would have all been allowed into the show for free. Of course the crowd roared its approval…until he said in that deep, diabolical voice of his, “But I would charge you all $50 apiece to leeeeeeaaaave!” Too awesome!


Pantera & Type O Negative Tour


As good as they were, there was an electric feeling of anticipation in the air as we awaited Pantera’s arrival. From the moment they hit the stage it was as if a bomb had detonated and scattered us to the four corners as a churning maelstrom of mosh pit frenzy broke out in the middle of the floor. This was metal 101, every song, every riff, every note, designed to pulverize and conquer the devoted fans of the best metal band (in my humble opinion) to ever take a stage. Phil Anselmo was ill that night, but you would never have known it by his performance. He sang like a man possessed, and his energy was boundless. Dime demonstrated over and over why he was the king of metal guitar, matching Phil’s energy and boosting it even further. Rex and Vinnie laid down the fat Texas grooves that allowed Dime to build mansions of intense molten lava glorious riffs upon. Pantera had SONGS, plain and simple. There will never be anything like them again…often imitated, but never duplicated. Dime and Peter Steele are both gone, and I am so lucky and fortunate that I got to see them both on this magical night. Long live PanterA!

Pantera concert disturbed by Type O Negative


Written By:  Braddon S. Williams

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