Tributes pour in for deceased former Metal Edge editor Gerri Miller (R.I.P.)
In the last three days, tributes have been pouring in for former Metal Edge editor Gerri Miller who recently passed away after being reportedly diagnosed with stage four cancer in September 2020.
Forward indicated the following in part about Miller:
“Gerri Miller, an entertainment, music and lifestyle journalist who made the unlikely leap from heavy metal reporting to Jewish journalism, passed away on April 14 in Los Angeles following a six-month battle with cancer. She was 67.
Born on March 3, 1954 in Howard Beach, New York to Norman and Randy Miller, Miller went to John Adams High School and attended college at SUNY Binghamton, before pursuing a career in journalism.
After years of freelancing at People, Glamour, Muscle & Fitness and other publications, Miller made her mark in the music world in the 1980s and 1990s as the editor of the trailblazing Metal Edge magazine for 14 years.”
The following messages have been posted on Facebook by various musicians over the last few days:
Greg Chaisson (Badlands, Red Dragon Cartel, Kings of Dust): “Rest in Peace Gerri Miller. She and her magazine Metal Edge￼￼￼, we’re huge for a lot of us in the 80s… definitely a huge part of Badlands￼￼￼ along with being a close friend of mine and my familys. A real sweetheart! ￼Till we meet again my friend￼“
KISS: “We are saddened by the passing of our friend Gerri Miller. RIP. She was a champion of so many bands during her time at Metal Edge magazine and loved the music and scene of it all. Our deepest sympathies to her family & friends.”
L.A. Guns (feat. Riley and Nickels): “We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gerri Miller of Metal Edge. She was super sweet, loved Rock & Roll and her endless support helped many. On behalf of the band I’d like to offer or deepest condolences to her friends and family. RIP“
Michael Sweet (Stryper, Sweet & Lynch, Sunbomb): “God bless you Gerri Miller When many others did not, you always included @Stryper in the magazine @metaledgemagazine – you interviewed us many times and you were so generous to the band. You played a very important role in our rise to the top back in the 80’s. We will forever be grateful and we will never forget. Until we meet again“
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne, Last In Line): “I am so sad to hear about the passing of Gerri Miller. She was the editor of metal edge magazine and the first interview I ever did in the United States. Arrived into New York on a flight with Ozzy Osbourne on Concord. I got off the plane went to the Parker Meridian hotel and had my first interview with her. Over the next few years we became very good friends and I cannot over emphasize how much she did for rock music and for people like me. I am so sad that she has passed I want to make sure that people remember who she was and what she did for us. It is truly the end of an era. RIP Gerri.”
Ron Keel (Keel, Steeler, Ron Keel Band): “Very sad to hear of the passing of Gerri Miller, Metal Edge Magazine‘s driving force in the 80’s. She was a strong & sweet spirit, and made a big difference to the artists and fans that made that music, and that magazine, a big part of our lives. Thank you Gerri, rock in heaven, we won’t forget you.”
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row): “Rest in Peace Gerri Miller. Thank you for many many magazine covers such as this one with Edward Van Halen. Always sucks when people pass on before we get to say thank you for everything they’ve done and Gerri sure did a lot for me. I collected her magazine Metal Edge & before that 16 Magazine where she worked long before I was ever in a band. Rest in peace “
Slik Toxik: “We would like to give condolences to the family of famed Metal Edge magazine editor Gerri Miller. Gerri was a champion of Slik Toxik when we we were a fresh young band from Canada. She was very passionate about the music and always had a personal connection with the bands that she promoted. She will be sorely missed.”
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt): “R.I.P. Gerri Miller Thanks for the many great interviews over the years. You’ve helped promote an endless amount of bands and put the Metal in Metal Edge. Give us a rockers a report from our rock brothers. Peace Luv“
Ted Poley (Danger Danger, Tokyo Motor Fist): “Just got the very very sad news that Gerri Miller has passed away.￼ She was responsible for pretty much the entire scene. You should all be grateful for her efforts. I am.￼￼ Thank you for everything Gerri. Xoxo￼”
Wikipedia states the following about Metal Edge magazine (with slight edits):
“Metal Edge was a magazine covering heavy metal music published by Zenbu Media. The magazine was founded in the summer of 1985, during the height of glam metal’s success. Zenbu Media acquired Metal Edge in February 2007.
Both Metal Edge and its sister publication, Metal Maniacs, ceased operations in 2009.
In March 2019, posts and a new logo were made to the Metal Edge Facebook page, indicating that the magazine may be making a return in the near future. According to the page, the magazine is owned by To11 Media as of 2019.”