Blackie Onassis Is Dead: Drummer of ’90s Rock Band Urge Overkill


John “Blackie Onassis” Rowan, former drummer of ’90s rock band Urge Overkill, has died. No details about the cause (or age) of death were confirmed when the news was announced Wednesday.

“Urge Overkill is sad to report that Blackie has passed away. Please respect our privacy at this time. Sending our love to his family and all of his fans. We know he will be missed,” the group’s official Twitter account wrote.

Chicago-based alt-rock trio Urge Overkill was best known for hits like “Sister Havana” on their 1993 album “Saturation” and for their covers of Neil Diamond’s song “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”. pulp Fiction. Director Quentin Tarantino chose the interpretation as the track where Mia (played by Uma Thurman) sang and danced before suffering from an overdose.

Onassis joined Overkill in the early ’90s and played with the group until their last major label, 1995’s “Exit the Dragon,” was released. By then, the band had shared their debut album “Jesus Urge Superstar” in 1989, followed by “Americruiser” in 1990.

The band circulated among different members before and after Onassis joined founders and guitarists Nash Kato and Eddie “King” Roeser. While Onassis was in the band, they went on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” tour in late 1991, resulting in the band being signed to Geffen Records. Overkill released two albums under the label: “Saturation” in 1993 and “Exit the Dragon” in 1995. Onassis played drums and sang on the last two records, as well as on 1991’s “The Supersonic Storybook” and 1992’s six-track “Stull”. PS.

According to a report by Los Angeles timesShortly after “Exit the Dragon” aired, Onassis was arrested for heroin possession, but those charges were later dropped. He left the band in 1996, and Kato and Roeser reformed (without Onassis) Urge Overkill in 2004.

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