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Manilla Road Founder And Guitarist Mark "The Shark" Shelton Passes Away

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Manilla Road has announced that their founder and guitarist Mark "The Shark" Shelton, has sadly passed away. He was sixty years old. A message from the band reads as follows:

"It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mark "The Shark" Shelton, founder and guitarist of Manilla Road. We are asking for help from our worldwide group of brothers and sisters to bring Mark's body back to his family in Wichita, KS in the USA and to pay his hospital expenses which must be done before we can bring him home.

"Mark died in Germany following the Headbangers Open Air Festival. The cost of bringing him home and his hospital bills are more than the band or his family has ready. Please donate to help Mark's family, any amount will help. Any funds raised beyond our goal will be given directly to his family to help with the additional expenses which will arise from Mark's death.

"Thank you for your generosity and May the Lords of Light be with you!"

Find the GoFundMe page here, or you can donate through the band's PayPal account: booking@manillaroad.net.

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1. AtG writes:

Damn, Warrell Dane not that long ago and now Mark Shelton, along with all the others recently. I know that a lot of these bands that have been around since the 80s or even the 70s, the members aren't young anymore.

But still, just damn. . .

Mark you were an amazing artist and, from all I can glean from interviews and stories of people who interacted with him in real life, a good person as well.

I'll be spinning my fave Manilla Road album, Spiral Castle, from beginning to end today.

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2. Cynic writes:

Damn this one really hurts. Mark was the beating heart of the underground, I really think there are few bands as honest and true as Manilla Road. 6 years ago on MU I wrote this in an article:

>Manilla Road is an amazing band. Few 80s metal acts successfully ran the gauntlet of time to still be with us producing great material, and even less manage to keep anywhere near the level of consistency Manilla Road has in terms of producing bona-fide classics.

And looking back I can't put it much better. Even in the last few years "The Blessed Curse" just blew me away, I play it very regularly.

Mark, I'll really miss your presence in the world. Your music will last many lifetimes more.

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