Eric Wagner – known best for his work with The Skull and Trouble has died at the age of 62, as confirmed by his son, Luke Wagner, via social media.
On August 17, 2021, The Skull were forced to back out of their scheduled ‘Psycho Las Vegas’ festival appearance due to Eric battling Covid. The band wrote:
More bad news….We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the Hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia .
All the other members have tested Negative. Positive thoughts and words will be helpful.”
Late Sunday night / early Monday morning, Luke confirmed Eric’s passing via a comment left on The Skull’s Facebook page, “Hey all this is Luke Wagner his oldest son. Eric Wagner has passed away.”Eric co-founded Trouble, considered one of the pioneers of doom metal (alongside the like of Candlemass, Pentagram, and Saint Vitus), in 1979. Eric left the band in 1997, only to rejoin the outfit in 2000 and part ways again in 2008. Eric formed The Skull with former Trouble members drummer Jeff Olsson, and bassist Ron Holzner in 2012. To this day, the band has released two studio albums
- For Those Which Are Asleep (2014)
- The Endless Road Turns Dark (2018)
Additionally, Eric recorded music with his other band Blackfinger and appeared also in Foo Fighter’s frontman Dave Grohl’s project band Probot album in 2004.