R.I.P. Sweet Savage frontman Joey C. Jones
Sleaze Roxx has some very sad news to report as singer Joey C. Jones reportedly passed away yesterday (on March 15, 2022) after a battle with cancer for a number of years. Back on March 14, 2022, Metal Sludge reported that Jones was in a coma surrounded by family and friends.
In addition to performing countless numbers of concerts during the last 40+ years, Jones released a number of albums including the Sweet Savage EP (1985), Archives: 1984-1989 (2003) and Sweet Savage (2016 reissue with bonus tracks) via Sweet Savage; Joey C. Jones and the Glory Hounds (1993) via Joey C. Jones and the Glory Hounds; Melodies For The Masses: Best of Vol 1 (2006), Best of Volume One (2017) and The Crabtree Sessions (2021) via Joey C. Jones; and, 1988-1990 Demos & Live (2007) and All Areas (2019) via Shock Tu.
In an interview with Full In Bloom back in 2005, Jones revealed that Sweet Savage‘s debut self-titled EP (1986) sold over 90,000 copies and was the #1 import record for 16 weeks in the Kerrang charts.
Tributes to Jones have poured in via Facebook including a public page titled Remembering Joey C. Jones.
Kenny Sizelove (on March 15, 2022): “Fly To The Angels my brother Joey C. Jones May Jesus wrap his loving arms around you and receive the ultimate healing our Father has given you. My friendship with you and bandmate for many years has meant the world to me. I love you so much Joey Godspeed to Heaven, until we meet again”
Michael Insuaste (via Nancy Nixon Barker on March 15, 2022): “Hey everyone, this is Michael Insuaste.
I’m in FB jail for another 35 hours or so, but wanted to share my condolences for the loss of my friend Joey C. Jones.
I knew this day would come soon and knew it would not be easy to take. Joe was a good friend to me for many years, four decades plus, but even with so much history, it seems like yesterday when I first saw him onstage doing his thing.
We became close through the years getting to work with him and his bands, traveling to other Texas cities for shows and getting to know each other as friends and music buddy’s. Joe was a special person, a kind soul and always a delight to be around. Always made me feel special too in his kind generous ways.
Today I reflect on the good times we had and the sadness of missing him for the rest of my days. But I do find peace knowing he’s no longer in pain and in the arms of our Lord. God Bless JCJ!
My deepest condolences to his daughter Jade, his girl Laura Mann, mother of his child Dena and all his family, friends and fans.
Rest In Peace my brother.”
Nancy Johnson (on March 10, 2022): “Today I’m going to go say goodbye for now to my best friend of about 25-30 years. I don’t know what I will do without you Joey. I love you. “
DDR Music Group (on March 15, 2022): “Today we found out about the passing of one of our own, the great front man extraordinaire Joey C Jones has left us and we’re sure he’s up there rocking out with the Beatles as we speak. My relationship with Joey was a wonderful thing to be a part of, working on reissuing Sweet Savage, Shock Tu, Crabtree and Joey’s solo material through DDR Music was nothing but a pleasure. He was a good man a great human being. For those that knew him, know this is fact. I will miss you brother and as you would always tell me “you would be the thing that would never leave” and through your music you will always live on. Much love to his daughter, family and Laura. RIP great one! – Lance V.”
Joey C. Jones & The Gloryhounds‘ “Wait All Night” video:
Sweet Savage performing “She’s Got It” live at Jezebel’s in Anaheim, California, USA in April 1988 (video from Chris Sheridan‘s YouTube page):