Members of the Metal Community React to the Death of Country Legend Merle Haggard
Yesterday, country legend Merle Haggard passed away at his California home. It was his 79th birthday.
Like BB King, Haggard did not play metal but was immeasurably metal as a person. As one of the pioneers of the Bakersfield sound and the outlaw country music movement, Haggard played songs that portrayed the frayed edges of good ol’ fashioned American society, something he knew about as a hitchhiker and convicted robber who literally grew up in a boxcar.
In response to his death, members of the metal community have posted their own memorials on social media. Here are some selections:
Tip back a cold beer tonight to Merle Haggard. We should all be so lucky to have a career and life of music like that. RIP
— Obituary (@obituarytheband) April 6, 2016
— Dez Fafara (@evilriver) April 6, 2016
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) April 6, 2016
— SOURVEIN (@SOURVEINOFFICAL) April 6, 2016
And of course, the Iron Sheik weighed in, too:
MERLE HAGGARD YOU HAVE WORSE NAME BUT GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER YOU MAKE THE BEST MUSIC.
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 6, 2016
Our condolences to Haggard’s friends and family in this difficult time. We’ll have a whiskey in his honor, but we promise we won’t smoke any marijuana in Muskogee.