No. 22

April 01, 2015

This month Maryland's local music scene received a shocking blow with news on March 8th of the unexpected death of singer Sean McAuliffe (aka McCall), longtime frontman of the band Korupt. His passing at the age of 50 was a tragic loss felt hard by family, friends, and business associates. Korupt are Jeff Barnosky, Robby Anderson, Dave Beal, Karl Reichenbach, and Sean McCall. They started as an 80's metal tribute band nearly 30 years ago and were still playing 80's metal and original music. Originally Korupt formed in the early 1980ís, back when big hair, fishnet, chains, and flashy guitars dominated the music scene amd today they were still bringing back some fresh and much needed 80ís style, along with some newer rock, some older rock, and originals. It is clearly obvious how many lives McAuliffe touched by the outpouring of tributes, love, and support that has surfaced in the wake of his tragic loss.

Korupt formed back in 1982, back when the "hair band" movement had begun and are still together after almost 30 years. Korupt has played many bars, clubs, and venues over the years including Hammerjack's. They've been the opening act for bands such as Great White, Skid Row, RATT, Dokken, and Quiet Riot. Korupt were well known from the M3 Festival and the mid-atlantic music circuit. They first appeared at the M3 Festival back in 2011. A campaign was organized by the admins of the M3 Festival to raise money for McCall's family in this time of need. The campaign raised nearly $8,000 in 23 days as supporters stepped forth to contribute to this cause. The mass and reception took place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Saint Catherine Laboure in Wheaton MD. This year would have marked the third time for Korupt performing at the M3 Festival. In lieu of this tragedy, a petition has been launched from family and friends on ipetition.com, hoping to secure a spot for Korupt on this years M3 posters and t-shirts. Over the years they've given us the music we love, and their shows have never let us down. They've given us a reason to celebrate life. They've brought us all together as one, and they've more than paid their dues.

Korupt have changed band members during their three decade journey. In August of 2009, Lou Tonson, long time friend and guitarist of Korupt, was taken from them at the age of 45. In 2011, longtime guitarist Russ Strahan left the band. He was a key ingredient to the band's success with his guitar styles and shredding abilities. Shortly afterwards Korupt announced the return of guitarist Robby Anderson, a longtimefriend andformer Korupt guitarist who brougt with him his masterful guitar work and a stage presence no one would forget. While Korupt were mainly known as a tribute band of 80's rock and metal music, the band released its own album of original music in March 2013 at the House of Rock. It was a smashing success ! Family, friends, and fans came out in droves to witness the release of the first full-length CD, "Blood Brothers", containing 11 tracks recorded, mixed, and mastered by the brilliant Ilia Kobrinsky. Friend and Korupt brother, Joe Butrim contributed with the photography, and created the artwork, layout, and design for the entire CD packaging. The CD is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

Details on McAuliffe's death are scarce at the moment. No official cause of death has been announced, but it has been said that he passed away in his sleep, hopefully peacefully and without suffering. It is certainly a travesty to have lost such a fine performer at the young age of just 50 years old. His passing will clearly resonant through the local Maryland music scene for some time to come. We at MMM send best wishes to his family during these sad times.


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