Ex-KISS Guitarist Mark St. John Dead at 51
Mark St. John, KISS' third official guitar player, died on Thursday of an apparent brain hemorrhage at the age of 51.
St. John, who was born Mark Norton, joined KISS in 1984, replacing Vinnie Vincent--who two years earlier had replaced founding guitar player Ace Frehley.
He was featured on 1984's "Animalize", one of the fans' favorite 'non-makeup' records, and can be seen in the video for the arena-rock hit "Heaven's on Fire".
While the band was getting ready to go on the road to support the record, St. John was diagnosed with Reiter's disease, a form of arthritis that made his joints swell--making it impossible for him to continue his role in KISS. He was replaced, for the tour (although he did manage to play one full show and parts of others) and forever, by Bruce Kulick.
Kulick released the following statement: "I wish to express my sympathy to Mark St. John's family and friends. Though Mark was the guitarist I replaced, I respected his talent and contribution to Kiss. May he rest in peace."
KISS' Official Website had this message posted: "KISS remembers Mark for his contributions and sends their condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends."
You Might Also Like...
15 hours 32 min ago
D’Addario and Rolling Stone Seek the Next Generation of Guitar Heroes with “The Next Young Gun” Contest17 hours 56 min ago
18 hours 27 min ago
18 hours 44 min ago
19 hours 30 min ago
19 hours 51 min ago
21 hours 42 min ago
In the Magazine
Most Commented Articles
GUITAR WORLD ON FACEBOOK
Guitar World on Twitter
- 1 of 42