In memoriam: Bill Sabo Original Shok Paris drummer passed away at age 46 In memoriam: Shok Paris drummer Bill Sabo Original Shok Paris drummer Bill Sabo suffered heart failure and passed away on March 16, 2007. Sabo was 46 years old. He is survived by his wife Erica (39) and his two sons Drew (19) and Cameron (7).

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 31 at United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio (4200 Pearl Road - 216-661-5642) at 2 p.m.

Says former Shok Paris and current Aftershok lead vocalist Vic Hix:
"In the beginning, Bill was the fabric that held Shok Paris together. He was one of the best pure drummers I have ever worked with and was a good song writer to boot. I personally miss him. Our thoughts are now with his family."

Bill Sabo played on Shok Paris' first recording, Go Down Fighting, a track that appeared on the 1983 "Cleveland Metal" compilation album. The song instantly became a regional hit, placing Shok Paris at the forefront of the fledging '80s Cleveland metal scene. Overnight the band became a headlining act after having only played a small handful of shows.

Sabo also played on the band's debut album, "Go For The Throat", released in 1984 on Auburn Records, co-writing all of the songs on the record. He left the group before the recording of the next album with Auburn, "Steel And Starlight", to pursue other musical interests. Shok Paris were later signed to I.R.S./ MCA Records and went on to record another album ("Concrete Killers") and tour with Savatage and Lizzy Borden before disbanding in 1989.

The band reformed in 2004 to play the Bang Your Head festival in Germany and the Auburn Records 20th anniversary show in Cleveland.

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