IRON MONKEY DVD Plans Scrapped Following Lead Singer's Death

June 28, 2002

Earache Records have scrapped plans to release an IRON MONKEY DVD following the death of former vocalist Johnny Morrow. As previously reported, Johnny died on Saturday through heart failure brought on by his long-standing kidney problems, the day after his debut London show with his new band MURDER ONE. Founder and owner of Earache, Digby Pearson, who released IRON MONKEY's two albums, told Britain's Rock Sound magazine: "Johnny Morrow came in to see us about two months ago with the proposed footage for the IRON MONKEY DVD from his personal collection — he had live tapes spanning all eras of the band. It was a mutual decision between us and the band, to be released with their full co-operation and including interviews with the ex members.

"The idea was that since MONKEY had split not many people had really witnessed the power of them in the live setting — they were a truly incendiary band, one of the UK greats — with one of the most charismatic frontmen ever. You couldn't keep your eyes off Johnny in case you missed what he was gonna do on stage next...sadly, there is nothing available for newer fans of the band to see, and we wanted to rectify that.

"All plans for the proposed DVD are now shelved obviously. He'll be sadly missed."

Johnny's funeral is scheduled to take place on July 1st in Newcastle.

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