Aaron Fuller, lead singer of the MISFITS-inspired punk band PLAN 9, died early Tuesday morning (September 30) after crashing his motorcycle on a connector ramp between westbound Interstate Highway 580 and eastbound state Highway 24 in Oakland, California, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The solo-vehicle crash was reported on the ramp at about 2:05 a.m., according to InsideBayArea.com.
Fuller, 35, lost control of his vehicle on a right curve in the roadway and struck a concrete barrier wall, the CHP said. The singer was ejected from the motorcycle and struck a concrete pillar, causing fatal head trauma.
Aaron fell below the transition road and landed in a grassy area between the freeway and a California Department of Transportation yard.
CHP officers arrived on scene and closed down the ramp for a little more than an hour, according to CHP Officer Aaron Quistad, who said the ramp was reopened at about 3:15 a.m.
As one of the original members of PLAN 9, Fuller was known for his incredible stage presence and vocal range.
Fuller's family has stated that they "want PLAN 9 to continue because that is what Aaron would want."
The band has not yet commented.
PLAN 9's sophomore album, "Manmade Monster", was recently released through Nickel and Dime Records. The CD includes 13 original songs that capture the raw energy and spirit of the Glenn Danzig-era MISFITS, but with a fresh songwriting perspective and ass-kicking high identity.
PLAN 9 originally formed in San Francisco circa 1997 as a one-shot, one-time MISFITS tribute band. The show sold out in under an hour and was attended by none other than Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of METALLICA, and Jim Martin of FAITH NO MORE. The crowd was mystified by the extreme likeness that PLAN 9 bore to the actual MISFITS, both musically and visually. Led by Scary Only of the infamous psychobilly band THE HELLBILLYS, PLAN 9 began to carve out a vast following with their aggressive, powerful and theatrical live shows.
Years later, PLAN 9 became one of California's most popular bands playing for the likes of Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only (Jerry appears on their debut release as well). They have mutated from a "tribute band" to a legitimate death-rock band, writing and producing their own material.
Their debut release, "8 Hits From Hell" (2004), led critics and fans alike to hail PLAN 9 as the only true successors of the original MISFITS sound.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/plan9.
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