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Former Skyclad, Therapy? Drummer Dead At 36

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According to Kerrang! magazine, former 3 COLOURS RED / THERAPY? / SKYCLAD drummer Keith Baxter has passed away.

Baxter, who shot to fame with 3 COLOURS RED in the '90s, died of liver failure in hospital on January 4, 2008, surrounded by family and friends. He was 36 years old.

Baxter was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, UK. As a teenager he became a founding member of SKYCLAD, recording five albums with them before leaving in 1995 to join 3 COLOURS RED, with whom he recorded two UK top 40 albums ("Pure" and "Revolt") which included six Top 40 singles.

Following 3 COLOURS RED's split in 1999, he formed ELEVATION with former 3 COLOURS RED bandmate Pete Vuckovic. The group signed with Sony but was dropped a year later. He briefly played with the Northern Irish band THERAPY? in 2002.

3 COLOURS RED reunited to record a third album ("The Union of Souls") in 2004, but split up again the following year.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. thadeus writes:

r.i.p brother.

# Jan 9, 2008 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. cruor writes:

thats a damn shame, i just discovered Skyclad like a month ago

# Jan 9, 2008 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Kalis_wrath writes:

Damn that leaves us with two down so far aod the year just began! My condulances to the family, friends and fans.
Now playing- Gorgoroth "Pentagram"

# Jan 9, 2008 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. The Union of Souls writes:

klhug78gvb8yfltffffffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

# Jan 9, 2008 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Kalis_wrath writes:

Post 4 was an interesting response. You o.k man?

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 12:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BoltThrower writes:

Do musicians read these things and ever consider that maybe the body isn't able to handle a constant high level of drugs and alcohol?

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 8:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. rk writes:

Yep that sounds like cirrhosis to me. Damn shame.

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 8:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. old skool thrash writes:

f***, no thats sad. skyclad were f***ing awesome... this is tragic, RIP

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

Another one down, well R.I.P rest easy dude *horns up*

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. saint lucifer writes:

only 4 days into this year and already 2 dead

# Jan 10, 2008 @ 8:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. DDAMM writes:

No crap BoltThrower. I love to party like a madman every once in a while these days but finally figured out that doing it all of the time takes a toll. Liver failure at 36 is crazy. I'm just glad Phil Anselmo finally realized that it wasn't the way to live anymore.

# Jan 11, 2008 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Kalis_wrath writes:

Being a metal god/goddess does strange things to the mind. One begins to think they are immortal and cannot die. It seems the good die young anyways. I know its sad, but true.

# Jan 12, 2008 @ 2:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dark_Funeral writes:

people say teenagers think they're immortal, idk why though. i know for a fact that if i jump in front of that train...well..you know.
R.i.P

# Jan 12, 2008 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Kalis_wrath writes:

I think teens think they are all knowing. The strange part is that I never went through that faze. I do think that parents do need to start talking to their children more about drugs and alcohol. Then again we do have parents that are on drugs and alcohol them selfs and dont talk to their kids.

# Jan 12, 2008 @ 5:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. sabbathrokr writes:

damn...why are all of the metal musicians dying...2 down and hopefully it stays at 2...but its still 2 too many

# Jan 13, 2008 @ 12:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. mortal-down writes:

Its realy to bad, i dont understand why some of these guys think they cant die but RIP 2 this year god damn

# Jan 13, 2008 @ 2:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Lord Killswitch writes:

RIP brother.

# Jan 13, 2008 @ 7:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. the green goblin writes:

it was a sad day when heard the news on metalshop(a radio show) ive listened to therapy since the early 90s and always liked their tunes and still rock out to them to this day. as a misician myself id just like to say if your gonna party like a rock star just becarefull... peace

# Jan 13, 2008 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. C writes:

If you're in a band, especially in a widely touring one, you have to drink. If you don't drink in that company, you're forgotten, and most likely will be replaced. As simple as that. There's no way around it.

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 9:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Kalis_wrath writes:

Ted Nugent never drank and he is a ledgend. So I am not sure your 100 percent right C.

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. C writes:

Maybe true Kalls, but Ted managed to get himself in a certain status pretty early. People around him behave how Ted wants them to behave. Same goes with Hetfield. I dont think he allows people on the same room to be totally blastered. And, Ted NEVER drank? Hmm... there are interviews where he's been drunk as a monkey.

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 3:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Kalis_wrath writes:

Ted may seem drunk, but he is not. In fact he was made famose for not haveing a drinking or drug problem. He had a lady problem. He was very into his groupies. I think it was a vh1 interview where he made mention of that. I grew up with Ted Nugent and know alot about Uncle Ted.

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. cruor writes:

him and gene simmons were both made famous on a no drinking or drugs policy throught their entire careers

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Kalis_wrath writes:

Gene likes fat chicks! Ahahahahaha! I am so very glad that rules me out! On topic, I think the no drugs deal is great, but I do love my Jack Daniels. I just hope that the alcohol and drug related deaths of our gods and goddess of steel calms down. The question is how do we go about makeing that happen?

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 8:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. cruor writes:

^im vice versa (with certain drugs anyway), alcohol is alot harder to kick while drugs such as shrooms, lsd, weed, mescaline etc. the user doesnt develop any kind of physical dependency (as opposed to nicotine or alcohol) as much as a mental one (which can come with anything done habitually). This does not apply to Coke or Heroin etc. as they can be just as addicting as nicotine.

"I just hope that the alcohol and drug related deaths of our gods and goddess of steel calms down."

Agreed the gods and goddesses need to understand when enough is enough.

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 8:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Kalis_wrath writes:

Rations would work if they actually stuck to them. Hahahaha! Could you immagine Mick Jagger on drug and alcohol rations? He would twitch and shake like a possesed vibrator!

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 12:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. C writes:

Kalls, There's no way around it. I wish there was. They use all that sh**, even if they were clean before their touring/ deal days. Just a part of the business, just like using x or coke among stock brokers. Rock / metal guys drink. Thats how it goes.

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 3:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Kalis_wrath writes:

I know Curor. I just wish there was some solution that would benifit both the artist and fans. That they could still party without us haveing to see them end up in a body bag. As I have said I will always celebrate the dead, but when they die from over use its hard because its sad.

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. cruor writes:

Which is why I practice responsible drug usage. Never use hard drugs like Coke, heroine, meth, alcohol, or nicotine (except cigars as I dont ingest the smoke I just use it for flavor) etc. and when I use drugs like reefer, acid, or shrooms etc. I dont use them when I'm in a position where I can hurt anyone (such as when I have to drive) and I dont use them too often as to prevent me from developing a "need" because I used them habitually.

A solution would be self-discipline but some people don't have the willpower to practice safe drug use. Most people don't know how much alcohol their body can take and go way beyond their limitations and poison themselves or choke on their own vomit (RIP Jimi).

I don't celebrate the dead as much as I celebrate the life of the deceased but its hard to celebrate the life of an addict or an alcoholic or anyone else who had no self-control.

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# Jan 16, 2008 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Kalis_wrath writes:

I drink and smoke reglar. Done shrooms and smoke pot once in awhile. Alcohol in moderations is good for you, but let me emphisize on the word MODERATION! As far as the others I dont have any desire to even try them. I am glad you are smart enough to stay safe because I truely hate people who put innocent lives in danger on drugs and alcohol.

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 10:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. cruor writes:

Yea I know if used in moderation alcohol can be good for you I've just never been a fan (I particularly hate the taste of beer) and alcohol kills your motor skills and too much can kill you. My drug of choice is def. weed as the motor skills decrease but not as significantly as alcohol and the THC in weed poses no threat of death.

As long as your happy with your drinking and smoking habits and don't abuse alcohol than more power to you. Keep it in moderations, if more people did that than Jimi, Bonham, and Jim Morrison might still be with us to this day.

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# Jan 16, 2008 @ 11:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. O-Matron writes:

Im not familiar with the band (I did like Therapy? though) but it is a shame to read about such sad news. Metal is loosing more people than ever it seems.

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. cruor writes:

^Not familiar with Skyclad? They rule, they are the band that spawned my interest in folk metal.

# Jan 16, 2008 @ 11:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. wear666 writes:

well he was probably taken out by a government agent and they just said it was liver failer the government is always doing this type of thing.

# Jan 22, 2008 @ 7:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. cruor writes:

^Yeah the US government has an issue with a British Musician, lol.

Thanks for my laugh of the day.

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# Jan 22, 2008 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Kalis_wrath writes:

Yes, wear666 that was pretty funny! Now put down the pipe and step away slowly...

# Jan 22, 2008 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. wear666 writes:

i was being dead siris

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 6:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahahahahaha! Sweetie, its "seriouse" and really doubt that any government has time or money to off a musician. I will bet my entire c.d collection on that.

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 6:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. cruor writes:

Seariously man. No one loves a good conspiracy theory than me but that just sounds rediculous man I mean what possible benefit does it serve the US government to knock off Keith Baxter.

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. cruor writes:

Are you also going to say that the government killed Heath Ledger also.

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Kalis_wrath writes:

O-O If he does I am so going to wet my self laughing, then I am calling the metal ward and reporting that a patent got loose and we found him. Hahahaha!

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 8:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. cruor writes:

Lol I'll get the straight jacket.

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# Jan 23, 2008 @ 9:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Kalis_wrath writes:

*LOL* I am a Swede, I can help hold him down even if I am a woman! You put the jacket on Curor. Deal?

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. cruor writes:

Lol you could just shoot him with a tranq gun but I guess that wouldn't be as much fun as catchin him and holdin him down. But Deal. Hell I'll even drink to that.

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# Jan 23, 2008 @ 10:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Kalis_wrath writes:

As will I! My usual Jack and coke. :) *tosses you down a shot and winks*
Now watching- Sin City

# Jan 23, 2008 @ 10:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. cruor writes:

Thanks (Takes shot ;))

Awesome movie by the way.

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# Jan 23, 2008 @ 11:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Kalis_wrath writes:

No problem! I know its not the norm to post if/what movie you are watching, but oh well. I do have a tendancy to forget to post my music, but that changes so quickly that it might make one dizzy. One minute I want Dimmu then the next its Sodom or Black Sabbath. I do want to check out Therapy and Sky clad again. Its awesome at my work because we have the classic rock station playing and at an antique shop its kinda befitting.

# Jan 24, 2008 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. cruor writes:

I don't know anything about Therapy but Skyclad is awesome, its the band that the lead singer of Sabbat started after they broke up.

# Jan 24, 2008 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Kalis_wrath writes:

I think I read/heard somewhere Sabbat broke up? They were great and I am trying to remember who did a Sabbat song, but my brain is fried. Work was busy and time went by slooowly.

# Jan 24, 2008 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. cruor writes:

They broke up in the early 90s. Martin Walkyier (singer) left to basically start Skyclad and the bank collapsed. Andy Sneap became the famous producer that he is now.

GOOD NEWS Sabbat reunited last year.

# Jan 24, 2008 @ 8:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. wear666 writes:

well the us goverment thinks they can just do what ever they want and yet they have not touched eneywhere near where i live so frankly the united states can go and stick a bomb up there bums.

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