VOIVOD: Family And Friends Say Final Goodbye To PIGGY

Former VOIVOD members Jean-Yves Theriault (a.k.a. Blacky) and Eric Forrest were among the attendees at the funeral services for VOIVOD guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, who died last Friday (Aug. 26) in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer. The services were held Thursday morning (September 1) in Jonquière, Quebec and were capped off by a symbolic guitar-burning, with the remnants of the guitar being placed in the Sable river.

As previously reported, surviving VOIVOD members — singer Denis "Snake" Belanger, bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA) and drummer Michel "Away" Langevin — will return to the recording studio in late September to resume work on their 14th album, tentatively due in early 2006 via The End Records.

Only hours before he slipped into a coma last week due to complications from colon cancer, D'Amour gave Langevin instructions to go to the guitarist's personal computer and lift the final guitar tracks Piggy had been working on for the upcoming CD. According to Snake, the album will be "the definitive VOIVOD" effort. "I am sure that Piggy would trust us to complete the project as a tribute to him."

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