Doomed priestess of thrash metal

Monsters riding waves of light. Prophets of doom

—From Huntress last album ‘Four Blood Moons’

DOOMED GODDESS

FROM OPERA TO TOPLESS DJ TO ROCK

Jill Janus was being trained as an opera singer when she was growing up on a farm in New York State’s Catskill Mountains. She was 10 years old when she was cast in her first opera at a local theater. In her teenage years she went in a totally different direction and turned to the heavy metal music known as thrash, loud fast tempo that combines heavy metal and punk rock.

Jill battled bipolar disease from an early age. When she was 18 she developed a split personality and became a topless disc jockey in New York who called herself Penelope Tuesdae. She posed nude in the April 2004 issue of Playboy.

She lived for a time in Monte Carlo and sang at the Monte Carlo Sporting Club and the Bravo Bar, where Monaco’s Prince Albert was a patron.

“I was so naive,” Jill said later on her DJ program, “I’d never been drunk. I’d just drink Shirley Temples and flirt with Prince Albert.”

PERFORMING
Jill Janus aka Tuesdae with Vexy Strut

Back in America she was the lead singer of the band Vexy Strut before forming Huntress in California in 2009. She was the lead singer for the band’s three studio albums, the last one was Static in 2015.

WORLD TRADE CENTER NIGHTMARE

Before all that, in an historic brush with fate, she was working in cabaret at Windows on the World in New York’s World Trade Center right up until the night before the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

“I left the World Trade Center at 2 a.m. on September 11,” Jill told a caller on her DJ program. “A few hours later the building collapsed. It was terrifying. It was such a beautiful day. The sky was so blue. I had nightmares for a week.”

1-800-273-8255

As a victim of mental illness, she became an advocate for mental health, telling her fans who were suffering to get help before it was too late.

It became too late for Jill on August 14, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. She killed herself at the age of 43.

“Beyond her accomplishments in the music world and her advocacy for mental health issues,” band members wrote in a statement, “she was a beautiful person, passionate about her family and animal rescue. She will be missed more than she could have ever known.”

HUNTRESS ‘EIGHT OF SWORDS’ LIVE IN MONTREAL


Back to the front page

Angels and demons battled for Billy Mackenzie’s soul

Billy Mackenzie life cursed

BILLY LOVED HIS MOTHER

Billy Mackenzie was blessed with the voice of an angel but his life was cursed by the Prince of Darkness.

The Scottish singer and songwriter, known for his operatic tenor voice was lead singer of 1980s band The Associates. He killed himself on January 22, 1997. He was 39 years old.

Depression and the death of his mother Lily of cancer in 1996 are believed to have caused him to take an overdose of pills.

Tragic deaths plagued the Mackenzie family.

Four years after Billy’s suicide, his brother Jimmy, 32, died of an overdose in a Dundee Scotland flat.

Billy’s father Jim, 66, died of cancer three years after Jimmy.

In 2010, Billy’s other brother Johnny died in a fire in the same flat where Jimmy had died.

And in 2013, Billy’s sister Lizzie McIntosh, 51, fell to her death from a second-floor tenement window in Dundee.

BILLY MACKENZIE LIFE CURSED

Billy Mackenzie was born in Dundee in 1957, the eldest son in that large and tragedy-ridden Catholic family.

He was bullied at school and sought refuge in music, wrote Tom Doyle in his 1998 biography ‘The Glamour Chase.’

Billy began the life of a wanderer at a young age, traveling to New Zealand when he was 16 and across America a year later. He lived and work in Los Angeles for six months.

“Billy MacKenzie was a maverick figure within the music industry with a wild and mischievous spirit,” Doyle wrote.

BONO TALKS ABOUT BILLY


The songs Billy composed were recorded by such famous artists as Shirley Bassey. He had a future, but the Prince of Darkness caught up with him in the garden shed of his father’s house in Auchterhouse, Scotland.


Back to the front page