Guitarist Greg Howe has introduced the passing of his longtime supervisor and fiancée Cassandra after a battle with stage 4 breast most cancers.
Howe broke the information of Cassandra‘s demise in a video message on social media earlier right this moment (Wednesday, June 15). He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I’m right here right this moment for 2 causes. To start with, and foremost, is to simply say thanks from the deepest a part of my coronary heart to each considered one of you who responded to my final video put up a few months in the past. I used to be speechless and fully blown away by the response I acquired from all of you within the type of prayers, simply lovely phrases of encouragement and help, and, clearly, donations and contributions and only a pure outpouring of affection. I used to be blown away, and I nonetheless am.
“Secondly, it’s with nice disappointment, nonetheless, that I let you understand that Cassie handed away on Could twenty fifth after an unbelievably brave four-year battle with breast most cancers,” he continued. “The impact of Cassie‘s passing might be with me for the rest of my life. Going via this was actually the toughest factor I’ve ever gone via, and so I will be recovering from this for a very long time.
“I want you to know that you simply guys really made doable the perfect probability we had for beating this. Your help not solely did all the things it did to save lots of Cassie however it additionally gave me help, and Heaven is aware of I wanted it — I wanted it on each stage, and also you gave it to me throughout what was completely the bottom level in my life. And thanks actually simply would not really feel like sufficient; it is not enough compared to the quantity of affection and help I acquired from you guys. I will always remember you. I will always remember you.
“A few of you could not have recognized, however Cassie was not solely the love of my life, not solely my life companion, however she was my enterprise companion and my supervisor,” Greg added. “And along with her passing, there’ll clearly be a transition part relating to enterprise operations and duties and issues pertaining to my profession as a musician.
“So, this can be a new starting. It is a new day. It is a new chapter.
“I simply needed you all to know that I will always remember you; I will always remember what you probably did. I really like you all.
Two months in the past, Howe canceled his 2022 North American tour with the intention to look after Cassandra.
A GoFundMe marketing campaign to fund Cassandra‘s medical therapy raised over $43,000.
Howe formally started his solo profession after sending a demo tape to Shrapnel Data in 1987, upon which he was instantly signed by founder Mike Varney. His self-titled debut album was launched in 1988, through the common shred period, and went on to change into his highest-selling album. A Guitar World article in 2009 would rank it as tenth within the all-time prime ten listing of shred albums. The next yr, he joined together with his brother Albert to kind a VAN HALEN-inspired arduous rock group named HOWE II. By way of Shrapnel, they launched two studio albums: “Excessive Gear” (1989) and “Now Hear This” (1991). His second solo album, “Introspection”, was launched in 1993. At this level his model had modified radically from the simple instrumental rock of each his debut and the HOWE II albums, to a extra jazz fusion-laden strategy which stays distinctive and identifiable to this present day; a few of his signature traits being quick left-hand legato passages (having been influenced significantly by jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth),and the frequent use of tapping and odd time signatures. A trio of albums spanning the center a part of the last decade — “Unsure Phrases” (1994),“Parallax” (1995) and “5” (1996) — had been all a constant evolution of the sound he had adopted on “Introspection”. Throughout this time he collaborated twice with fellow guitarist Richie Kotzen for the albums “Tilt” and “Undertaking” in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He then briefly dabbled with a heavier, neo-classical metallic model for his 1999 launch, “Ascend”, which featured keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij. Nevertheless, he has since spoken of his dissatisfaction for that undertaking, in addition to an earlier collaboration on Kuprij‘s personal album, “Excessive Definition” (1997). After switching labels to Shrapnel‘s jazz-oriented counterpart Tone Middle Data, he returned to his acquainted model with “Hyperacuity” (2000),which nonetheless stands as a few of his most distinguished experimentation with jazz fusion. After a extremely troubled recording course of for “Extraction” (2003),which featured drummer Dennis Chambers and bassist Victor Wooten, he took an prolonged hiatus from recording solo materials till the discharge of his ninth studio album, “Sound Proof”, in 2008. In 2017, Howe returned to his instrumental roots with “Wheelhouse”, an album he has referred to as his most private to this point.
Presently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada (having beforehand lived in Easton, Pennsylvania till round 2006),Howe continues to work as a session musician and producer, in addition to offering on-line guitar classes via his official site.