NOVEMBERS DOOM guitarist Larry Roberts has issued the following statement regarding the passing of VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour:"Many people may never have realized what a tremendous influence this man [Piggy] and his band is/was on me. I started listening to VOIVOD back around 1987, and I became very obsessed with their sound and their originality. To this day I find lots of inspiration and influence in Denis' writing and playing style. "I had the pleasure of meeting Denis on several occasions over the years, and he was always extremely friendly and hospitable. I last saw him in Chicago twice during their last tour a couple years ago, and as always he was friendly and nice, and needless to say he played better than ever. "It absolutely devastates me to know that I'll never see him and VOIVOD play ever again, as they were truly one of the most amazing and criminally underrated bands to have come out in the past twenty five years. Albums like 'Angel Rat' and 'Nothingface' are amongst my top twenty albums of all time. I can't fathom not being able to see and hear those songs live again, as I'm sure many other fans feel the same. "My heart goes out to his family, friends and bandmates. It astounds me as to how all the truly great ones always leave us way ahead of their time. "Playing a show tonight at JJ Kelleys, lots of my good friends will be there, and I hope to get them all to join in a toast to Denis D'Amour, my hero."