Heaven’s Edge Bassist George “G.G.” Guidotti Has Passed Away at 57 Years Old
George G.G. Guidotti, bassist for the ’80s / ’90s metal band Heaven’s Edge, lost his battle with lung cancer and has passed away at just 57 years old.
Heaven’s Edge formed in 1987 in Philadelphia and was founded by guitarist Reggie Wu and singer Mark Evans. Drummer Dave Rath, guitarist Steven Parry and Guidotti would eventually join, and the band released two albums: Heavens Edge (1990) for Columbia Records, produced by Neil Kernon, and Some Other Place Some Other Time (1999) on MTM. The band would reunite for a series of one-off gigs in 2013, 2014 and 2015, including at the M3 Festival in Maryland and the Monsters of Rock Cruise.
Drummer Dave Rath (who is now A&R at Roadrunner Records) sent the following statement on G.G.’s passing to MetalSucks on behalf of the whole band:
“It is with great sadness that we are announcing the passing of our brother George ‘G.G.’ Guidotti who succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday, August 18, 2019. He was 57 years old. “
“We met George in the summer of 1987 as we were putting the band together, and our lives would never be the same again. His impact was immediate. Once George joined the band, we knew the five of us would be set for life as brothers no matter what the rock and roll world had in store for us.
“George took the band’s stage show to the highest of highs. He never settled for anything less than the best for every one of us because he wanted our audiences to leave feeling their expectations were exceeded night after night. No one appreciated the audience more than George.
“For George, it wasn’t just enough to give it 110% on stage, he never let up off stage as well. If there were people laughing, or a good time was being had around the band, there was no question who was at the center of it all. George. Everywhere he went he was the catalyst for complete and total hilarious, rowdy insanity. But George was also thoughtful and compassionate. He would go to the ends of the earth for people in need.
“George was not perfect, as none of us are. But with George, he never hid his imperfections. He wore them on his sleeve out in the open for all to see. He was honest about the lifestyle he lived. When told he had lung cancer, he said to all of us, ‘What the hell did you expect?? I’ve been smoking since I was 10 years old!!’ And then he laughed the way he always did. He didn’t want to go. But he knew his time on this earth was going to be cut short.
“For those who saw the second go ‘round with Heaven’s Edge, you saw a guy in George who defied aging. He was more energetic in his 50s than most people are in their 20s. His smile, ridiculous energy and pure love for being on stage reminded us that the band actually did ‘make it.’ We made it because we found our brothers for life. We made it in the areas that count the most and we have George to thank for that.
“George ‘G.G.’ Guidotti was a rock star. He didn’t make the money that some do. But he was a rock star just as much as any of them can be.
“We are going to miss him.
“Mark, Reggie, Steve and Dave”
On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, we wish George’s family, friends and bandmates all the absolute best through this difficult time.