Sad news to report. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY (C.O.C.) drummer and founding member Reed Mullin has passed away at the age of 53.
Mullin had dealt with health issues during the past several years, forcing him to take step aside from drumming duties more than once.
C.O.C. confirmed the news tonight: “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a friend, a brother and pioneer. Reed, you are loved and always will be. Lets all take a moment.”
Whenever CORROSION OF CONFORMITY releases a new album, folks take notice. But their latest is a true event. It’s been a dozen years since C.O.C. recorded new material with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan at the helm. In that time, there have been rumors, whispers and outright allegations that the legendary Southern rock outfit would reunite to blow the doors off the whole damn scene again. In 2014, after nearly a straight decade traversing the globe as a guitarist with New Orleans supergroup DOWN, Keenan reconnected with the core C.O.C. trio of Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin to hit the road hard. “Reed called me and mentioned maybe playing a couple shows,” Keenan recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just go to Europe and see if it works.’ So we went to Europe and then ended up going back four times in one year.”