Drummer Johnny reveals singer was looking forward to new album work – and band won’t be back now he’s gone

Peter Steele

Cleaned up: Peter Steele

Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly says the band is finished after the death of frontman Peter Steele last year – and even if they could replace him they won’t try.

Steele suffered heart failure in April 2010 as the band were preparing to make a new album. And Kelly, who’s currently touring with Danzig, says the saddest part is that he’d dealt with his addiction issues just before he died.

The drummer tells Sweden’s TV4: “I was in shock – and it’s still pretty unfathomable to me to think he’s not here. I spent a good portion of my adult life with him; not only being in the band, but as one of my closest friends.

“”He was a very complex person, always a clown, always trying to make a joke, and he had no problem making jokes about himself. I’m convinced he rides with us: wherever we go, he’s there with us.

“He was only 48, and he’d got his act together: he wasn’t doing drugs or drinking any more. He was really looking forward to starting work on a new Type O record.

“We’d just signed a new deal and Peter was moving back to New York – we’d just found a studio were we were going to work. To have him in a good headspace, who knows what we could have done?”

The question will never be resolved, however, because Kelly insists there’s no chance of himself, guitarist Kenny Hickey, and keyboardist Josh Silver hiring a new frontman.

He says: “Even if there is somebody who could take his place it wouldn’t matter. We don’t have any interest in continuing. It’s impossible – it hasn’t even come up in any kind of discussion.

“When Peter died, Type O Negative died with him.”

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