This week the metal world had to sadly say goodbye to drummer Tony Costanza, age 52. Tony was in Papsmear (vocals), Machine Head (original drummer), Crisis (drums) and Crowbar (drums). Costanza died in his sleep, as confirmed by Afzaal Nasiruddeen, a former bandmate in the New York metal group Crisis and a valued friend of mine. Our hearts go out to everyone who knew Tony and please support this GoFundMe to help his loves ones with this funeral burden during a hard time.
I didn’t know how much Tony was loved the world over until I posted about his passing on Facebook yesterday.The outpouring of support over Tony’s passing yesterday, has been overwhelming and I thank everyone in our musical community from the bottom of my heart. Tony would have loved all the attention, although he only ever wanted validation and appreciation for his musical talent and lifelong commitment to heavy music. Like all of us in the underground, he loved the camaraderie and brotherhood that our scene offered. In this department, Tony excelled and was the best friend one could ever ask for. Loyal to a fault and a warrior till the end. I am proud to admit that I fought shoulder to shoulder with him, literally and metaphorically, in our struggle to be heard representing the extreme music fringe in America. Our metal, punk and hardcore underground is uniquely talented and most of us will never get the credit that we deserve in our lifetime. Tony is a shining example of this highly underrated drummer that never got the kudos, like so many great musicians I know. So In closing I will say this: the music speaks for itself and will live on no matter what anyone has to say about it. I hope you are at peace now Tony. I will miss your love, honesty and loyalty till the end of my days. See you on the other side my brother. – Afzaal
Check out Tony on this absolute beast of a Twisted Sister cover by Crisis RIGHT HERE.
Also, listen to Tony pulverize on one of my favorite Crowbar songs below.