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.”

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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


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Mayhem & Murder at Heavy Metal Concert

ALSO ON DECEMBER 8th

MURDERED ON STAGE

The killing of Dimebag Darrell

Every December 8, we remember the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, an event that far overshadows another rock musician murder on that date — in 2004.

Guitarist Dimebag Darrell was performing with the heavy metal band Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

During the first song a psycho rushed onto the stage and pumped several bullets into Dimebag with a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Dimebag died on the spot. He was 38.

COURAGE AMID THE MAYHEM

The madman, later identified as Nathan Gale, began firing wildly into the crowd. The band’s head of security, Jeff ‘Mayhem’ Thompson, tackled Gale, but was fatally shot in the struggle.

A fan, Nathan Bray, and a nightclub employee, Erin Halk, rushed in and tried to grab Gale’s gun while he was reloading. Both were shot dead.

Gale grabbed a spectator around the neck and held his gun at the man’s head. The madman kept on shooting, wounding three others in the crowd.

MAYHEM

COP AIMS FOR KILL SHOT

A Columbus police officer, James Niggemeyer, armed with a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, entered the club from the backstage. He maneuvered for a position to make a kill shot.

Gale, with his gun at the holstage’s head, made his way to the rear of the club. Then, from twenty feet away, the cop took aim and fired once. The bullet smashed into Gale’s head and he dropped dead to the floor.

The madness was over, but Dimebag and three other courageous people were dead. Gale was a former Marine who had been given a medical discharge — the diagnosis: paranoid schizophrenia.

FIVE HEAD INC SHOOTER

Dimebag’s real name was Darrell Lance Abbott, the son of country music producer Jerry Abbott. Before joining Damageplan he was the guitarist for the heavy metal band Pantera.

EDDIE VAN HALEN AMONG MOURNERS

Thousands of people were at his public memorial, including Eddie Van Halen, and heavy metal guitarists Jerry Cantrell, Dino Cazares,Corey Taylor and Zakk Wylde.

Dimebag was buried alongside his mother Carolyn at the Moore Memorial Gardens cemetery in Arlington, Texas. Gene Simmons donated a Kiss Kasket for the burial, and Eddie Van Halen gave his original black-and-yellow-striped 1979 Charvel ’Bumblebee’ guitar to be included in the casket.

RAW FOOTAGE OF THE SHOOTINGS

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