Crashdïet to play last Rest In Sleaze Festival in honour of deceased Dave Lepard
A fourth band has been announced to play at this year’s Rest In Sleaze Festival at Göta Källare in Stockhlom, Sweden on November 9, 2016 and it is none other than Crashdïet who will be joining Sweet Creature, Bulletrain and Niterain on the bill. It is not known at this point who will be handling the lead vocals for Crashdïet.
Back on June 25, 2016, the Dave Lepard Rest In Sleaze Facebook page announced one last Rest In Sleaze Festival for November 9, 2016, which have been taking place to honour Crashdïet‘s departed singer Dave Lepard who passed away back in 2005 after the release of the group’s landmark debut album Rest In Sleaze.
Two more bands are expected to be announced to play at the Rest In Sleaze Festival based on a post by the Dave Lepard Rest in Sleaze Facebook earlier this month.
The Dave Lepard Rest In Sleaze Facebook page describes Lepard‘s music career and eventual passing as follows:
“Dave Lepard (born David Roberto Hellman, 28 May 1980 – 20 January 2006, Uppsala, Sweden) was the lead singer and guitarist in the Swedish Glam metal band Crashdïet….
In the mid-1990s, he was the lead singer of an old school Death metal band called Warpath and used to play the charango. He formed the band Crashdïet in 2000 but in 2002, the band split up, and he continued with a new lineup. Their music was based on 1980s sleaze bands, such as Mötley Crüe and Twisted Sister, and the band gained a cult following, especially in Sweden.
Crashdïet released four singles from their debut album Rest in Sleaze which were hits in Sweden; “Riot in Everyone”, “Breakin’ the Chainz”, “Knokk ‘Em Down” and “It’s A Miracle”.
On 20 January 2006, 25-year-old Dave Lepard committed suicide by hanging himself in his apartment after a bout of depression. His three surviving bandmates performed a final tribute show the following February. They subsequently decided to remain together and by October 2007 the trio announced they would continue under the name Crashdïet after all, with the approval of Lepard‘s family, in tribute to Lepard. They eventually hired a new singer, H. Olliver Twisted.”
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Crashdïet‘s Rest In Sleaze album: “The bad boyz from Sweden have made one of the best glam records ever. You don’t believe me? Imagine your favorite glam bands and then mix them together, add a little modern touch, and the product is Rest In Sleaze. But to be honest, Crashdiet remind me of a mixture of Ratt, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses, and all of them are great bands. There is nothing really groundbreaking here, apart from the fact that this album rocks from beginning to the end!… Just as this album was gaining momentum (it peaked at #12 on the Swedish national charts), the singer, songwriter and founder of the band, Dave Leppard committed suicide, halting any momentum the band had. Rest In Sleaze is my favorite album, and I give it 10 out of 10, a slap on the back and a round of drinks for Crashdiet. Give it a listen if you haven’t already.”
Rest In Sleaze will be released on vinyl via Blastzone Entertainment in early 2017.