Sunday, November 25, 2007

casey calvert

Casey Calvert, guitarist for post punk/ rock band Hawthorne Heights, was found dead early Saturday morning. Calvert was 26-years-old.

According to several accounts Calvert appeared healthy on Friday night while spending time with friends before going to sleep for the night. Those same reports indicated that Calvert passed away at some point while sleeping.

Calvert's sound played a big role in Hawthorne Heights and its highly successful second album If Only You Were Lonely which debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts and produced the hit single "Saying Sorry."

Hawthorne Heights had a show in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night and was scheduled for a show on Saturday in Washington D.C.

The official site of Hawthorne Heights posted a message on their front page stating:

"Today is probably the worst day ever. Its with our deepest regrets that we have to write this. Casey Calvert passed away in his sleep last night. We found out this afternoon before sound-check. We've spent the entire day trying to come to grips with this and figure out as much as possible. At this time we're not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed. We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal. Please, out of respect to Casey and his family, don't contribute or succumb to any gossip you may hear. We don't want his memory to be tainted in the least. Casey was our best friend. He was quirky and awesome and there will truly be no others like him! His loss is unexplainable. As soon as we know more we will let you know."

After eating Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Ohio, Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert boarded a bus with his bandmates on Friday morning to start their "Wintour 07," a grueling schedule of back-to-back concert dates that included a show in Washington on Saturday night.

But the fast-rising indie group, which finished up a show in Detroit on Friday night, never got a chance to perform for local fans. D.C. police were called to the 9:30 Club in Northwest Washington about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and found Calvert unconscious on the band's tour bus, according to police spokesman Officer Junis Fletcher.

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Calvert, 25, was pronounced him dead at the scene, Fletcher said, and police are awaiting the results of an autopsy from the medical examiner's office.

Family, friends and fans were reeling from the news. On the Hawthorne Heights Web site -- where fan tributes poured in, band members Eron Bucciarelli, Micah Carli, Matt Ridenour and JT Woodruff announced that their "quirky and awesome" best friend had "passed away in his sleep."

"At this time we're not sure what exactly happened. Just last night he was joking around with everyone before he went to bed," the band members wrote on a posting dated Saturday.

The group, which has had several of its singles in regular rotation on MTV and VH1 since forming in 2001 and releasing two albums, sought to quickly put to rest any rumors about Calvert's death.

"We can say with absolute certainty that he was not doing anything illegal . . . We don't want his memory to be tainted in the least," the band wrote. Hawthorne Heights
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Background information
Origin Dayton, Ohio
Genre(s) Emo[1]


Years active 2001 – present
Label(s) Victory Records, Universal Records
(also able to release music on other labels)[5]
JT Woodruff
Micah Carli
Matt Ridenour
Eron Bucciarelli
Former members
Casey Calvert (deceased)
Hawthorne Heights is a post-hardcore band formed in Dayton, Ohio in June of 2001. The band was originally known as A Day in the Life but changed its name as its music and lineup also changed.

1 History
2 Incident with Ne-Yo
3 Wild Justice Records Lawsuit
4 Currently
5 Death of Casey Calvert
6 Band members
6.1 Current members
6.2 Former members
7 Discography
7.1 Albums
7.2 Videography
7.3 Singles
7.4 Tribute Albums
8 References
9 External links

Originally known as A Day in the Life, after one album (Nine Reasons to Say Goodbye), an EP, Paper Chromatography (which was later re-released as part of the compilation From Ohio With Love), and significant line-up changes, the band changed its name to Hawthorne Heights. On the DVD portion of The Silence in Black and White, drummer Eron Bucciarelli states that the band took their current name from the author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Their first album The Silence in Black and White, was released in 2004. The album was slow to build sales at first; however, soon the video for the song "Ohio Is for Lovers" began getting airplay on MTV, and the band enjoyed breakout success at radio as well as a growing nationwide fan base, and the album became Victory Records' highest selling debut. The Silence in Black and White peaked at number 56 on the Billboard charts.

When their second album If Only You Were Lonely was released on Feb 28, 2006, it debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts, powered by the lead single "Saying Sorry" which has received regular airplay on MTV, VH1 and Fuse. The band performed on the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour.

Incident with Ne-Yo
In February of 2006, as the band was readying the release of If Only You Were Lonely, Victory Records issued two statements to fans through the band's mailing lists as well as their MySpace page, stating that "ROCK music needs your support"[6] and that "the #1 slot that belongs to us." They also pleaded with fans to go into chain stores and make sure Hawthorne Heights CDs are in stock and to sabotage the sales count of Ne-Yo's record In My Own Words, which was being released the same day. The statement said:

" As for Ne-Yo, the name of the game is to decrease the chances of a sale here. If you were to pick up handful of Ne-Yo CDs, as if you were about to buy them, but then changed your mind and didn't bother to put them back in the same place, that would work. Even though this record will be heavily stocked and you might not be able to move all the stock, just relocating a handful creates issues: Even though the store will appear to be out of stock, the computer will see it as in stock and not re-order the title once it sells down and then Ne-Yo will lose a few sales later in the week."[7] "

They ended their rallying cry with by quoting Winston Churchill: "Victory at all costs, Victory in spite of all terror, Victory however long and hard the road may be; for without Victory, there is no survival."[8] Later, group members claimed that the statements were issued by their record label, Victory Records, without their consent.[9] On August 7, 2006, the band announced they would be leaving Victory Records, and sued the label for breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, fraud and abuse.[10] Victory Records then countersued for breach of contract and libel in September 2006.[11] In October 2006, a Chicago judge dismissed two of the three main claims in the band's suit, ruling that the trademark and copyright violation allegations were unsound.[12] On March 5, 2007 a federal judge in Chicago ruled that Victory Records does not hold exclusive rights for the band's recording services and that the band can record for any label. Specifically, the Judge stated: "The agreement contains no exclusivity provision, nor does any of its language appear to prevent [the band] from recording elsewhere during the life of the agreement".[13] The judge later reaffirmed this ruling on May 17, 2007, stating that Hawthorne Heights is still contractually bound to deliver two albums to Victory, but may record albums which are released elsewhere.[14]

Wild Justice Records Lawsuit
On October 16, 2007, Wild Justice Records sued Hawthorne Heights for breach of a verbal contract, stemming from a dispute over the management company's share of the band's revenues.[15]

The band has written 21 songs for their upcoming third album, and is "eager to start recording."[10] However, a third CD cannot be released until their legal issues are taken care of.

Hawthorne Heights recently released a demo for their new song "Come Back Home" on their MySpace page. It is one of the fourteen tracks that made it on to the new album. The album will be produced by Howard Benson. A second song was released on their Myspace, a cover of Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings". Along with the song "Come Back Home," two other new songs, "Rescue Me" and "The End Of The Underground," are both rumored to be on their new album, as the band is playing the latter two on their current tour.

While the song "Come Back Home" is a lighter song in contrast to previous works, the band also briefly added umbrellas to their logo to help promote the release of their custom Mountain Dew bottles, which depict the same artwork. On their current tour, they have reverted back to the double H. This time with a bulleye between the two.

Death of Casey Calvert
Music website is reporting that guitarist Casey Calvert died on November 24, 2007.[16] This is also posted on the main Hawthorne Heights website. The D.C. Fox affiliate has reported that Calvert used an inhaler for acute asthma and, pending official toxicology results, this condition could have caused his death.

Reached at the family home in Middletown, O., Calvert's stepmother Tammy Calvert said the family was in shock and mourning. In addition to his stepmother, Casey Calvert is survived by his wife, two stepsisters and his mother and father, Tammy Calvert said.

Calvert picked up a love of music from his father Greg, a member of Gary and The Hornets, a 1960s band that once performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His father played bass but the younger Calvert preferred guitar, his stepmother said.

He loved Dr. Seuss books, Tim Burton films, and was so fastidious about his health that he was a vegetarian, she said. He was still a newlywed, marrying his wife, a schoolteacher, a little over a year ago. He spent Thanksgiving with his relatives in Ohio, then took off for the tour on Friday morning, she said.

"He was a very good and kind young man, and right now there aren't any answers," she said.


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