Sisters Of Mercy guitarist Chris Sheehan loses battle with cancer…

Sad news; Chris Sheehan aka Chris Starling who played guitar with The Sisters of Mercy for two spells; the 1996 Roadkill tour, and then again from 2000-2003, during Trip The Light Fantastic, Exxile On Euphoria, Summer Europe 2002, and Smoke And Mirrors tours lost his battle with cancer on the 18th December 2014.

We had first reported Chris’ diagnosis back in July 2013.

Shhhan’s musical career includes work with The Starlings, Curve, Babylon Zoo, the Sisters of Mercy and Mutton Birds.

Chris was diagnosed Stage 4 metastatic nodular melanoma (skin cancer) back in summer 2013; at which point he expressed his desire to record a final album…Chris commented “I can’t justify any of my limited income to be spent on my own non-profit activities. Stage 4 metastatic nodular melanoma. Clinical trials and palliative treatment only. Wife terminally ill. Dozens of rescue animals. I don’t own a computer anymore and would like a good laptop and software to see what comes out. I will not divert money from my family for selfish artistic urges. Maybe someone who enjoyed a starlings record at sometime is flush. The closest I’ve been is flushed. Anyway if no one helps I’m off the hook so nothing to lose. Ta Chris.”

The aim being to make the album free to download – for more information head to the Fund Razr campaign page.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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