A collective power metal community have paid their respect to the late Andre Matos. Read some of the condolences here.
I tillegg til Andre Matos‘ bandmedlemmer i Shaman, Ricardo Confessori (trommer), Hugo Mariutti (gitar) og Luis Mariutti (bass), har et samlet power metal-miljø ytret sine kondolanser og hedret, på ulike måter, en av de viktigste stemmene innen sjangeren vi alle elsker.
Rafael Bittencourt (Angra):
«With broken heart I received that Andre Matos passed away. I’m devastated. André was essential for the success and consecrat of my career. In the foundation of the art I perform, it is the result of a friendship and meteoric partnership, a very beautiful story which I feel it didn’t over in a hug. There are no words at this time to describe how big is the emptiness left in my heart which loved him near and far. Brazil lost an irreplaceable talent of the Heavy-metal genre and with him, dies the hope we had in share the stage together again. May the angels receive your soul and may the Fire Goddess hold the flame of him artistic legacy forever. R.I.P. André Matos»
Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot):
«I awake to the shocking news this morning of the passing of Andre Matos. My sincere condolences go out to Andre’s family, friends, and fans. Andre was a friend to Kamelot and our entire production team in Germany and of course an icon in the industry. We will post any benefits or related news. Life is fragile.»
Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy):
«I am devastated by the tragic news about the passing of my friend André Matos whom I shared the stage with only five days ago. I am in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace, André Matos»
«I just heard that my ex bandmate Andre Matos has died. My condolences those near him and all of us that loves his music. Im shock»
«We are in shock about the news of the passing of our good old friend Andre Matos! A big loss to the Metal community. You’ll never be forgotten brother ❤️… REST IN PEACE!»
Sascha Paeth (Avantasia):
«I just heard the incredible, devastating news, that my long time friend and companion Andre Matos passed away today. We had such good and intense times together that I will never forget. We happily met again after a lot of years last Sunday and now he‘s gone. I am so sad. Thanks for everything Andre and my deepest condolences to his family.»
Fabio Lione (Angra):
«Thank you for everything you’ve done, my friend. Your songs are forever in our hearts. Rest in peace.»
Bill Hudson (NorthTale):
I just heard the terrible news of the passing of one of my biggest heroes and one of this band’s main musical influences, Andre Matos (Shaman, ex-Angra/Viper). Though we were never super close, him and I knew each other and he even rescued me from a bad situation in Brazil letting me ride his band’s tour bus back to my home town of São Paulo back in the day. I don’t know what else to say… This band wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for his music: Carry On, my friend.
Edu Falaschi (ex-Angra):
«It is with great surprise and regret that I received the news of the death of André Matos! A day that will go down in history to mark one of the most shocking losses to the world of Heavy Metal worldwide, my sincerest condolences to the whole family Matos and his band mates!»
Marius Danielsen (Marius Danielsen’s Legend Of Valley Doom):
«One of the greatest voices in Power Metal passed away June 8th 2019. The Power Metal world is in shock. I wanted to pay my tribute to this legend by doing an acoustic cover of one of my favourite Angra songs, Carry On. Andre Matos was truly one of a kind and an incredibly talented vocalist, song writer and pianist. We will miss him!»
Roland Grapow (MasterPlan, ex-Helloween):
«I’m still shocked about the sad news. I was glad to meet you many times. We had some nice chatting together and you were the nicest guy in the music business. I was happy to share the stage with you. Here some pictures from our good times.
You are gone way too soon, but your legacy will carry on.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
R.I.P. Andre Matos.»
Eric Martin (Avantasia, Mr. Big):
«Ive been thinking about this all day… man I did’nt really know Andre Matos I only met him briefly five days ago… he was chatting it up with Tobias Sammet our leader of Avantasia ( they were working out singing parts for him to sing the song “ Reach out for the light with us , he was an original touring singer with Avantasia ) .. Ronnie shook his hand and I just stood there frozen and gave him a head nod and he nodded back but in that instant I knew in my heart that this dude was a genuinely nice & sweet guy. You just know it when you see somebody special for the first time… no air’s , no cockiness , pure cool confidence and Aura of respectability and friendliness and good lord a unique singing talent like no other . Oh man it broke my heart to hear that he passed away yesterday … he gave an incredible performance in Sao Paulo playing with his band Shaman on a double bill with Avantasia in front 0f 7000 plus fans… the man gave it his all and sung like a champion… the crowd went crazy ..and he performed again with us to even bigger cheers … I wish my meeting with him for the first time was more than a head nod, I wish I had a chance to get to know him. …. I’m so deeply sad for his family , friends and legions of fans from around the world.
Andre Matos ; favorite son of São Paulo, Brazil and world class rock and metal singer…. RIP»
«A fantastic singer has passed away. Mob Rules had the pleasure to play some shows with Shaman in France at the end of 2002. He was a really nice guy.
Rest in Peace Andre.»
Jørn Lande (Avantasia, Jorn):
«I am devastated to hear that Andre Matos has passed away, so sudden and all to soon! 💔
I had the great pleasure of travelling with him back in 2008, on the Avantasia «The Scarecrow» world tour. He was a remarkable singer and a great guy! I called him «Matos The Pirate» and we had some good fun!
Hard to believe that we were all together in Sao Paolo only a week ago…
My heart goes out to his family and friends ❤»
«Rest in Peace Maestro, Thanks for being an inspiration!»
Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius):
«I am in shock after hearing the news about the passing of Andre Matos. I remember the tour we did together with Angra and Stratovarius back in the day. Excellent singer and such a nice guy. RIP Andre.»
Alex Holzwarth (ex-Rhapsody Of Fire):
«I still can’t believe André Matos is gone! What a loss. Way too soon my friend! My deepest condolences go to his family and all his friends! R.I.P. André!»
«R.I.P André Matos 😢 A great singer has left us. Thanks for your contribution on our Consign to Oblivion album.»
Alex Landenburg (Turilli / Lione Rhapsody, Kamelot, Cyhra):
«Oh my god…the great André Matos has left us.
I’m in shock. He was an amazing singer and musician, a truly wonderful person and most of all, he was my friend.
My deepest condolences to his friends and family.
We lost someone great today.
R.I.P André, you will always carry on my friend!»
«It is with great sadness that we have learned about the passing of Andre Matos. Without a doubt, Brazil, and the music scene in general, have lost an incredible talent. Today though – more than anything – we’re mourning the friend we have lost. Another star gone way too soon, a reminder to live life to the fullest. RIP Andre, your legacy will carry on.»
«This feels so unreal to have to write, but today we lost one of the most influential vocalist in the genre!
My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Andre Matos’ family and friends! We deeply mourn your loss! Power metal simply wouldn’t have been the same without Andre’s contribution.
We will NEVER forget you Brother!»
Herman Li (DragonForce):
«Rest in Peace Andre Matos – amazing musician and former singer of Angra 😢
My condolences to all of Andre’s family, friends and fans. The world has lost an amazing talent.»
«RIP Andre Matos. Dont have words. Cant believe it. I’ve spent thousands of hours listening to your amazing voice throughout my life. Unbelievable. So sad. So early.»
«A tribute to Matos, who I consider one of the most important people in power metal throughout history. I’ll never be the singer he was. He was one of a kind. My respect and love Andre Matos. One of my fav Angra songs, «Angels Cry». RIP.»
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth, ex-Angra):
«What a sad morning. A phone call and the news that André Matos passed away. Life is too fragile. I cried. Since I was 14 years old back in the Rio Branco school, André was already a benchmark. We all wanted to be like him. The unparalleled voice, the talent for the piano. Luckily, the destiny united us for nine years. In the years we spent together, we have created and lived incredible things which are kept in the most special place in my memory. The crazy dream of having a world-famous heavy metal band that we talked about while sitting on the bus going to rehearsals. The songs he wrote are timeless (Play Carry On!), the albums… from our first precarious shows to the big tours in Europe. Everything is coming back to my mind now. From his peerless high notes to the glance over the round glasses.
André, you were and will always be so important to us all. This week he said he wanted to play together again after 20 years. Too sad. Your voice, your songs, and your piano will be eternal for all of us fans.. Thank you, André. RIP»
Amanda Sommerville (ex-Avantasia):
«It’s been a process digesting the news of losing yet another friend yesterday. There’s not much more to say other than the world lost an incredible person in Andre Matos. 18 years of laughing and working together. I will truly miss you, Brother.»
«With much pain we received the news of the death of André Matos. Angra is in mourning. André was essential for the success and consecration of this band. The contribution of his talent and presence is invaluable.
There are no words at this time that describe the size of the emptiness left in the hearts of those who loved him from near and far. Brazil loses an irreplaceable talent of the genre Heavy Metal and with it dies the hope of seeing it in our stages again.
May the angels receive your soul and may the Fire Goddess hold the flame of her artistic legacy on forever. R.I.P. André Matos»
And many, many more…
Angra skulle egentlig ha konsert 8. juni, men den ble forståelig nok avlyst. I stedet bestemte Angra for å holde en markering for å hylle deres tidligere vokalist og grunnlegger av bandet.
Dear fans and friends: In regard to the death of Angra co-founder Andre Matos, we decided to cancel today’s presentation. It would make no sense to take the stage to play as we mourn the loss of our traveling companion, to whom we owe much of our history. Andre’s legacy is confused with Angra’s, and so we’re going to go up to the Music Temple today, but only to honor him and remember his importance in the history of each of us, who lives Heavy Metal daily. On this day, our instruments are silent in mourning.