A public memorial for HUNTRESS singer Jill Janus will be held this Friday, August 24 at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, California starting at 9:00 p.m. The celebration of Jill's "life, art and magic" will be open to "all friends, fans and walks of life," according to a poster advertising the event.
"Since Jill's departure, the amount of outreach and support from friends, fans and family has been absolutely incredible," says Jill's longtime boyfriend and HUNTRESS bandmate Blake Meahl. "It has been beyond heavy to see so many reminders of how she could be so talented and loved, yet could feel so much pain and loneliness. Let's get together and celebrate her life and the importance that we still have each other. Expect a lot of whiskey and grown men crying."
Janus died on August 14 at the age of 42. She had long struggled with mental Illness, and killed herself outside Portland, Oregon, her relatives and bandmates confirmed in a statement.
In addition to fronting HUNTRESS, Jill was the vocalist for female metal/hard rock cover bands THE STARBREAKERS and CHELSEA GIRLS and was the co-composer and creator of an upcoming rock opera with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's Angus Clark. She also had a decade-long career as New York City DJ Penelope Tuesdae. Her musical career began in childhood.
Janus has been open over the years about her battles with not only mental illness, in the form of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder and alcoholism, but also physical illness in the form of cancer.
Janus was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2015 while HUNTRESS was working on its third album, "Static". She was eventually declared cancer-free after undergoing a hysterectomy.
"Static" was released in 2015 via Napalm Records.