Former !!! drummer and founding member Anthony Mikel Gius, died last month during a traffic accident. Police in California have confirmed that Gius was riding his bike on 17 Dec and was struck by a motorist who did not see him crossing lanes. He was then thrown on to the vehicle’s windscreen and subsequently died from his injuries.
!!! guitarist Mario Andreoni has written on the band’s website: “I met him when I was 8 after a mutual friend told me I ‘had to meet the other guy in the neighbourhood with more Kiss posters than you’. We quickly became best friends and went on to share the most significant times of our lives together…family vacations, puberty, crushes, loves, mixtapes, illicit
activities, dancing, air guitar/drums, actual guitar/drums, bands, US tours.”
He continued: “He was a straight prodigy on the drums; we played “tom sawyer” and “for whom the bell tolls” from start to finish the first day he got them…spoiled me for life. He had a unique, occasionally overwhelming style that coincided with the way he lived his life. No matter what you thought of him, he made bands, some ordinary, some not so, worth paying
He finished: “We grew apart as our passions led us down different paths. I still love him like a brother and miss him terribly.”