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Former Machine Head/Crowbar, Etc. Drummer Tony Costanza Has Passed Away (Updated)


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Update: August, 04th, 2020 09:23 PM:

Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has paid tribute to his former Machine Head bandmate Tony Costanza, who recently passed away at the age of 52. Costanza was Machine Head‘s first drummer before going on to join Crowbar and more. You can find Flynn‘s thoughts on Costanza‘s passing here.

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Furthermore, this GoFundMe has been launched to help out with Costanza‘s funeral expenses.

Original Story:

Tony Costanza, who handled the drums in Machine Head for a brief time in the early 90s, has passed away at the age of 52. His ex-Crisis bandmate Afzaal Nasiruddeen confirmed the news of his passing, issuing the below statement:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I have to accept and inform everyone concerned that I lost my brother, band mate, home boy and family today.

Tony Costanza was one of a kind. A man with a huge heart, love and loyalty for the ones close to him.

I cannot relate to this reality of loss yet. I know he had a lot of admirers, and I was one of his biggest. He would have literally taken a bullet for me. Thats the kind of gangster brother he was.

Tony died in his sleep this morning so I am sure he was at peace and in no pain.

I wish his Mother all the strength she can muster as she will need every ounce of it.

I will be starting a GofundMe page for her and Tony‘s funeral expenses. Please help if you knew him and care.

Please hold your loved ones close as the sense of loss is insurmountable sometimes.

Tony my friend, I will love you and cherish our memories together, forever. Hope you are in a better pace now. Rest In Peace.”

Costanza would write eight songs with Machine Head during his time with them and also sat behind the kit for their first three shows. Among other outfits, he would also go on to be a member of Crisis and Crowbar, the later of whom he performed with for a few years during the early 2000s, including appearing on their 2001 release, “Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form“.

[via Blabbermouth]

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