Teenage Head guitarist Gord Lewis was murdered by his adult son over the weekend, according to Canadian police.
The Hamilton Spectator reported that Lewis, 65, was found dead in their shared residence. Jonathan, his 41-year-old son, has been charged with second-degree murder.
“We are still trying to process the loss of our friend, bandmate, and brother Gord Lewis,” the band wrote in an Instagram post on Monday (August 8). “Gord was an inspiration and a driving force for many. You were taken far too soon from us.”
Saturday evening at 8 p.m., various Canadian media outlets began receiving emails from Jonathan stating that his father had died.
“Now I just want to get help for my illness and give my father a proper burial,” one Spectator email read. He did not merit this.
After Jonathan mentioned a decomposing body on Sunday morning, reporters alerted police, who later discovered Gord’s body at the Lewis residence in an extreme south Toronto suburb.
According to authorities, there are no other suspects in the homicide. The only information provided by the police was that Gord’s death had been ruled a homicide.
Teenage Head was founded in the 1970s by four friends from a Hamilton high school, who went on to become one of the most popular punk rock bands in Canada. In addition to playing guitar, Gord was the group’s primary composer of melodies.
After gaining momentum in the 1970s, Teenage Head became so popular in 1980 that a riot broke out among fans attempting to see them at a concert venue in Hamilton. There were dozens of arrests, but nobody was killed.
“We did not complete something… I just remember running, running with my guitar,” Gord told the Spectator many years later, describing the encore when fans stormed the stage. The next day, I learned about the riots after seeing the front page of the Boston Globe.
After experiencing a rise and fall in popularity throughout the 1980s, Teenage Head went on hiatus in 1988, eventually releasing two final albums, Head Disorder in 1996 and Teenage Head With Marky Ramone in 2008.
Eric Alper, a Canadian music publicist, described Teenage Head as “one of the most significant and underrated bands this nation has ever produced. From the 1970s onward, (Gord Lewis) was a pioneer in punk and rock ‘n’ roll; his passion and dedication to his craft were remarkable and well worth remembering. – Daily News/Tribune News Service
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