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Rock stars mourn death of famous rock journalist Malcolm Dome

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Rock stars mourn death of famous rock journalist Malcolm Dome

Names like Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Metallica and Iron Maiden lamented the death of the famous Rock and Roll journalist Malcolm Dome, who died at the age of 66. Born in 1955 in London he was writing about Rock and Heavy Metal since 1979 and worked for Record Mirror, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and more during his career.


He also co-founded UK’s first Rock radio station “TotalRock” with Friday Rock Show DJ Tommy Vance and producer Tony Wilson. He is also recalled as the person who created the term “Thrash Metal”, that was used by him in Kerrang! when talking about Anthrax’s song “Metal Thrashing Mad” back in 1984.

Rock starts mourn death of famous rock journalist Malcolm Dome

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

“Malcolm was a lovely guy, he interviewed me many times and was always positive about the music. He was one of the first journalists to totally get metal. We even worked together last year when he helped me sort out my Wikipedia entry. Sadly missed.”

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

“So sad to hear of the passing of Malcolm Dome, one of rock and metal’s great journalists. It was always a pleasure giving interviews and generally having a chat. RIP Malcolm, you will be missed.”

Iron Maiden

“We are all very much saddened and shocked to hear about the passing of our friend Malcolm Dome. He was fearless, intrepid, passionate and forthright as a journalist and latterly a broadcaster and we respected him immensely.”

Bernie Marsden

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Malcolm Dome.
I knew Malcolm for forty plus years, he loved his music, was an accomplished writer and a fervent football man, so we had a lot in common. I, and all he knew, mourn him. My deepest condolences to his family & many friends. RIP. Red heart”

Mötley Crüe

“Sad to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. He was such an important figure for all things rock and metal and championed so many bands over the years. RIP Malcolm”


“Malcolm Dome was part of W.A.S.P.’s initial success with Kerrang. He was part of the team that had the courage to put me on the cover when nobody really knew who we were and that cover got banned from all the WH Smith outlets. Rock n roll lost a real champion. — Blackie Lawless”

Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

“Very sorry to here that Malcolm Dome has left us. He was a champion of great rock music and a supporter of ⁦ @myMotorhead ⁩ all the way through to ⁦ @PCATBS  RIP Malcolm.”

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

“Extremely sad to hear of Malcolm Dome’s passing. Not only was he an incredible talent who helped guide my relationship with heavy music, but he was also a great person. Today, I’m thinking of the fun, memorable times we spent together back in the day.”

Ozzy Osbourne

“Words cannot express how sorry I feel to hear about the passing of Malcolm Dome. Rest In Peace. God Bless”


“We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Malcolm Dome. Malcolm was a great supporter of Saxon, and will be missed by all. Our sympathies to his family and friends in this terrible time.”

Mike Portnoy

“Saddened to hear of the passing of Malcolm Dome. I’ve done countless interviews with him throughout the 30+ years we’ve known each other and always enjoyed our discussions. RIP Malcolm.”

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister)

“Long time friend and Twisted Sister champion #MalcolmDome has just died. His liner notes are in many TS albums including our new release called #tearitloose. incredible loss of a champion of the metal community. RIP Mr. Dome”

Doro Pesch

“I’m #so #sorry to hear of the #passing of #MalcolmDome. He was one of my best journalist friends. We knew each other since the early 80s. He was always so supportive & kind to me. I will miss you terribly. Keep on rocking in heaven. Love, Doro.”

I'm a Brazilian journalist who always loved Classic Rock and Heavy Metal music. That passion inspired me to create Rock and Roll Garage over 6 years ago. Music has always been a part of my life, helping me through tough times and being a support to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist, I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After graduating in journalism from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, I pursued a postgraduate degree in digital communication at the same institution. The studies and experience in the field helped me improve the website and always bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG

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