R.I.P. former Pretty Boy Floyd drummer Ben Graves (1972-2018)
Very sad news as former Pretty Boy Floyd drummer Ben Graves passed away today (on May 9, 2018) after battling cancer for 11 months.
The following message was posted on Graves‘ Facebook page earlier today by his fiancé Lydia:
A message from Ben’s fiancé, Lydia.
This is incredibly hard for me to write this, but I know it is necessary because Ben has so many friends and fans.
Most of you don’t know that Ben has been battling cancer for the last 11 months. It was his decision to keep his health very quiet.
Ben passed away today, May 9th 2018, from complications due to his cancer. His diagnosis was grim but he fought a long and hard battle to try and beat it and overcome the odds. Some battles can’t be won no matter how hard you try.
Please respect me, his family and close friends while we grieve. Even though we knew it was eventually coming, the complication was sudden and very unexpected.
It’s devastating to lose someone you love more than yourself. My heart is broken, my heart died with him.
We will be taking him home to Massachusetts. I will organize a memorial for Ben’s LA friends, details to follow.
Post some photos of Ben for us to see him as he was.
Graves had collapsed on stage due to a seizure while performing with Pretty Boy Floyd at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, Colorado, USA on or about June 2, 2017 causing him to have to be hospitalized.
Wikipedia has the following to say about Graves‘ time in Pretty Boy Floyd (with slight edits): “In April 2011, they announced a new album of original material and a tour to support the album. The band has also announced that Ben Graves formerly of Murderdolls and has been hired as the new drummer. They set out on the “America Rocks Tour” with Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat and Lillian Axe on June 15, 2012. During the tour, Majors and Summers got into an argument and the band ended up quitting the tour early. In April 2014, Majors announced his new band, “Kristy Majors and the Thrill Kills“, which consisted of two previous members of Pretty Boy Floyd: JK Famous on bass and Ben Graves on drums. The band released one album and one music video. Summers kept busy by doing an album for the band Shameless as well as doing some solo shows worldwide.
In July 2015, Steve Summers and Kristy Majors announced they would reunite together and were in the process of finishing their album. The new version of the band included JK Famous on bass and Tod “T” Burr on drums. The band debuted at the Cathouse Live 30th Anniversary Festival in Irvine, California, and had a string of shows to follow. The band continued to tour through 2016 and were awarded at the Hair Metal Awards show in Las Vegas alongside Scorpions and Twisted Sister. In August 2016, the band parted ways with Tod “T” Burr and brought back Ben Graves on drums.”
Kristy Majors And The Thrill Kills‘ “Broken Lip” video:
Pretty Boy Floyd performing “Toast Of The Town” at Rock N Skull in Joliet, Illinois, USA on October 29, 2016: