Jeff "Oly" Olson, former TROUBLE drummer and current host of Internet radio show "Heady Metal With Jeff Olson", has released the following statement regarding the passing of ex-SAINT VITUS drummer Armando Acosta:
"Sadly, it has been confirmed that the original drummer for SAINT VITUS, Armando Acosta, passed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58.
"I had scheduled an interview with Henry Vasquez (current SAINT VITUS drummer) for this Monday's show before anyone had known of the passing. Therefore, this Monday's (December 6) edition will be a memorial for the late Armando Acosta. The interview with Vasquez will be rescheduled for a later date.
"Armando was one of my dear friends from SAINT VITUS. The last time I saw Armando was when he ate dinner at my house after a SAINT VITUS show in Chicago. He had a very kind heart and was funny.
"I'm saddened by this news. He will be very missed by so many. May he rest in peace."
Armando was one of the original SAINT VITUS members, having joined the group in 1979 when they were known as TYRANT. He was replaced in 2009 by the band's current drummer, Henry Vasquez.
"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" has moved to a weekly program (previously bi-weekly). The show will continue to air on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST. The encore, however, will now run on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. (previously on Fridays).
"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" is Olson's first radio show endeavor and features interviews with musicians from different metal genres across the board, comedic segments, music news, and giveaways. The show airs exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's newly launched web site.