Rockers we’ve lost in 2023

It’s only the beginning of 2023, but we’ve already seen some crushing deaths in the rock and metal community. Some of these legends left us too soon, for others it seemed to be their time. All have left their mark and will be missed.

Guitarist Jeff Beck was gone just 10 days into the new year at the age of 78, a victim of sudden onset bacterial meningitis. As a member of early seminal rock act The Yardbirds, Beck continued to push the boundaries of rock guitar throughout his long and prolific career. He released 14 albums, won 8 Grammy Awards and was a favorite collaborator of many high-profile rockers, including Ozzy Osbourne and Jon Bon Jovi.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the one and only Elvis Presley, died a few days after Beck. The doctors were rushed to the hospital after a cardiac event and the doctors were unable to save her. Presley was publicly mourned by many, including Splitting pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan who said, “There’s heartbreak and then there’s grief. It would be grief and on more levels than I can count.” Axel Rose played “November Rain” and gave an emotional speech at Presley’s memorial. You can see them both here. Lisa Marie, gone too soon at 54.

Musical and cultural icon David Crosby passed as an 81-year-old on Jan. 19. He together with Crosby, Stills & Nash And sometimes Young, helped write the musical history of the 60s and 70s. His songwriting and harmonies were woven into the soundtrack of a generation.

Read on to find out some of the other significant deaths in the world of rock and metal that have taken place in 2022. And may your favorite rockers continue to live long and prosper.

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