R.I.P. American Head Charge Bassist Chad Hanks

R.I.P. American Head Charge Bassist Chad Hanks

The School Of Rock In Eden Prairie Minnesota posted the following about Chad:

Chad Hanks, a dear man, wonderful person and former teacher passed away this morning after a health battle he’s been fighting. He touched the lives of more people than anyone could imagine. He was a kind and patient teacher, an incredible musician and he cared deeply about everyone in the School of Rock family. Though I am tremendously sad that the world has lost such a great person I am also happy that he is no longer suffering.

RIP Chad Hanks.

And the post below posted by by the Minneapolis Star Tribune full article available here

Chad Hanks of Twin Cities metal group American Head Charge dies at 46

Chad Hanks continued fueling American Head Charge through last year's album "Tango Umbrella." / Photo from Facebook

Chad Hanks continued fueling American Head Charge through last year’s album “Tango Umbrella.” / Photo from Facebook

American Head Charge bassist Chad Hanks, the principle songwriter and co-founder of the Twin Cities industrial metal band, died on Sunday at age 46. His friends’ tributes around the internet said he had been suffering from a terminal illness.

Hanks and AHC frontman Cameron Heacock went from little hometown recognition to playing in front big crowds at Ozzfests, 93X Fests, Slipknot tours and a lot more in the early-2000s. They then put on some well-remembered local gigs at First Avenue, where a benefit for Hanks already on the books for Nov. 26 will now be a posthumous tribute to him.

“It’s full-contact music,” Hanks once told the Star Tribune of AHC’s intense, rowdy live shows, where the band members sometimes endured as much physical damage on stage as did fans in the mosh pit.

In a later interview, he did not bemoan what he saw as a creative slump in the Twin Cities metal scene: “That’s sort of how it was when we started, and we liked being the ones to lead the way,” he said.

The group’s DIY success helped bring them to the attention of super-producer Rick Rubin (Metallica, Beastie Boys, Chili Peppers), who signed them to his American Recordings label and had the group out to his allegedly haunted Los Angeles mansion to record 2001’s “The War of Art.” Metal outlets Kerrang! and Rough Edge each gave the album four-star reviews (out of five), and VH1 picked it as one of the “12 Most Underrated Albums of Nü Metal.”

During the recording of that album, guitarist Charlie Paulson of the Los Angeles ska-rock band Goldfinger — a childhood friend of Hanks’ from California — described to the Star Tribune article how Hanks provided the fuel behind AHC’s fiery sound.

“Dissatisfaction with the world at large makes him play music,” Paulson said. “And then it’s not being satisfied with the music that’s being made that makes him play the kind of music he plays. There are musicians very few and far between that are as talented as that guy.”

Hanks and Heacock were both native Californians who met in a rehab facility in Minnesota in 1995 and formed the band soon thereafter. They remained AHC’s two constant members, enduring such calamity as the sudden death of guitarist Bryan Ottoson in 2005 and more stints in treatment programs. Last year’s AHC album “Tango Umbrella” for Napalm Records earned more high praise from metal blogs.

Heacock posted a heartbreaking photo Sunday on Facebook that showed him head-to-head with the bed-ridden Hanks, with no words offered (or needed).

AHC’s guitarist of late Ted Hallows wrote a tribute on Facebook, saying, “Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed and your music will live on forever. Thank you for making me a better guitarist and thank you for all the great memories we shared together. Love you man and won’t ever forget you.”

Touted with the Hunter S. Thompson quote “Too weird to live, too rare to die,” the Nov. 26 tribute to Hanks at First Ave will feature performances by Black Flood Diesel, Blue Felix, the Omega Sequence and more as well as a silent auction to help offset Hanks’ medical expenses. Tickets are on sale for $15 via eTix.com.

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