HGR Local Music News 9/15/13

In Local Music News…

The area music scene is mourning the loss of a gifted guitar player who graced area stages during the past three decades. Ed Miller passed away unexpectedly on Friday (Sept. 13) at age 46. Ed played guitar in several prominent Huntingdon County-based rock and metal bands dating back to the 1980s, including Thin Ice, Bashful, and more recently, Scream. Ed was well-liked among fellow musicians and fans, and will be sorely missed.

A special benefit concert is coming together for next Sunday, Sept. 22, to help an area musician with his medical expenses. The benefit to help out Half Tempted singer/guitarist Ron Dalansky will happen next Sunday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. at Pellegrine’s in Altoona. Dalansky is currently recovering from severe injuries suffered earlier this summer in a dirt bike accident. Performers donating their talents to the event so far include Felix & the Hurricanes, Flight 19, Locked and Loaded, the Backyard Rockers, Punk Fiction, Zombie Butterfly, Black Sun, Screamin’ Ugly and One Brick Shy.

Guitarist Tony Mollick and the group Fatality Risen have parted ways. The group is relocating their home base to the Wheeling, West Virginia area. Mollick has announced that work has begun on a new Synesthesia album, which should be available late this year or next year on Steeltown Records.

(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing homegrown@foreverradio.com.)