Canadian punk icon Frankie Venom has passed away today at the age of 51.  Born Francis Hannah Kerr, Frankie formedHamilton’s Teenage Head in 1975 while still in Westdale high school with Gord Lewis, Steve Mahon and Nic Stipanitz.  By the time punk rock hitCanada, they were a tight, well oiled group pumping some of the scene’s best crafted, melodic, kick ass tunes which eventually gave them an international following.  Although some members came and went, Teenage Head continued playing live shows for the past 30 years with Frankie, Steve and Gord at the core.  They recently re-recorded their classic songs with Marky Ramone and played a series of CD release parties just months before Frankie’s passing.  There was even talk of touringUSA, Europe andJapan.  ToBeScene’s Aldo Erdic accompanied Last Pogo director Colin Brunton,Lynnfrom ZRO4 and Stephen Leckie from the Viletones to pay their respects inHamilton, along with numerous Hamilton-Toronto area band members and fans.  In rock ‘n’ roll fashion, the entrance to the funeral home was draped by the Teenage Head banner and Frankie was buried in his leather jacket. Frankie will live on in the great music he & Teenage Head made and in the memories people have of seeing them live.  Rest in peace, brother.

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