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12th April 2017

eric cook

Eric Cook, the former Venom manager who oversaw the band's affairs in the very beginning and helped the Black Metal founders get established has passed away.

Eric was suffering from cancer and leaves his wife Carol and two children.

As well as his involvement with Venom, Eric and his brother Ged founded Demolition Records in 2000, the label that was home to David Lee Roth, Twisted Sister, The Quireboys, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P. and more.

He also created the state-of-the-art recording complex, Blast Recording Studios, in Newcastle in 2010, which was used by Twisted Sister, The Arctic Monkeys and Take That.

Eric was representing Andy Taylor of Duran Duran and Rod Stewart, BBC actor Richard Wisker and classical musician Tolga Kashif up until 2013 and is named in Joel McIver's 'Metallica: Justice For All' book as being instrumental in the thrash giants supporting Venom on the 'Seven Dates Of Hell' tour, as follows:

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Venom Inc. guitarist Jeff 'Mantas' Dunn commented on Eric's passing:

"Today sees the end of an era. My good friend Eric Cook lost his battle with the most vicious enemy. This is the second friend I have lost in the last three months to this disgusting disease. We travelled the world together and went through so many things, good and bad, but always remained friends.

"For those of you who don't know, Eric was Venom's manager and fought hard to see the band rise to the heights that it did, working tirelessly behind the scenes.

"I have no words to express my sadness at the time of this news and can only offer my sincere condolences to his wife Carol and their two children and his brother Ged.

"Taken far too soon, rest well my friend."

Venom Inc. drummer Anthony 'Abaddon' Bray wrote:

"I met Eric Cook when I was 16. I invited him to come with Venom as guitar roadie when we played our first real concert in Belgium. He subsequently became our manager and pretty much everything we achieved was because of him. We were business partners and saw each other every day for twenty odd years. He was the funniest guy you could hang out with, but tenacious in business and managed to make a quid go a long, long way. We didn't always see eye to eye, but he'd always listen to the other guys' point of view and could be swayed, if need be.

"Eric succumbed to a very violent cancer earlier today. He'd been ill since Christmas but kept working and trying to break bands and run his studio and other business interest.

"As his brother Ged succinctly put... The music business has lost a powerhouse and a legend... I have lost a brother.

"Sleep well, mate."

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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