RIP Mike Scaccia

Mike-Scaccia

Ministry’s Mike Scaccia has died tonight after collapsing onstage in Fort Worth during a Rigor Mortis concert. Mike was 47.

The gig was in celebration of Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt’s 50th birthday. Bruce has posted on Facebook: “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”

Sincere condolences to Mike’s family, friends and bandmates.

Mike Scaccia was a huge influence on my playing for a very particular reason: the guitar part on TV II from Ministry’s Psalm 69. Eventually someone told me the recording was sped up – not sure if that’s true or not because Mike could pick fast! So I busted my ass trying to learn to pick that inhumanly fast, whether he was really playing at that speed or not. I guess I never really succeeded, but thanks to his influence I was certainly helped on my way as a player. And I’ve played my fair share of Ministry riffs over the years.

Here’s a great live solo which shows off his inhuman speed:

And of course: