Tim Calvert, former Forbidden and Nevermore guitarist, known for dark, moody songwriting style, died after the battle with an aggressive for of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The news of his death spread on FB when his sister Vicky Calvert-Hawkins posted:
Heaven has gained another angel, my big bro, Tim Calvert. Tim passed away peacefully, Monday morning, after a long battle with ALS (Tim chose to keep his illness private). Myself, and my husband Bret, (along with several wonderful doctors, and hospice providers) are so honored to have been able to be Tim’s care giver, in our home, for the last 5 months. We are so incredibly thankful to have had this time to spend with Tim. November 7, 1965 – April 30, 2018. Note the dash “-“ in the dates. Life is all about how you live your dash “-“….. And you, my dearest Timothy, did one hell of a bad ass, bang up job, living your dash to its fullest. Well done! Incredible musician, airline Captain, world traveler, lover of nature and animals, faithful Oakland Raiders & Oakland A’s fan, comedian and supreme master guru of WW II military/aviation history and memorabilia. I love you, big bro. Cheers, until I see you again.
Tim was born on November 7th, 1965. He began his career in the mid 1980’s in a thrash metal band called Militia before joining Forbidden in 1989. The recording debut was made in 1990 on the band’s second album “Twisted Into Form”. Tim was signed as coo writer of much of the material and brought darker and more progressive sound than “Forbidden Evil” (1988). Calvert played on two more Forbidden albums, “Distortion” (1994) and “Green” (1997). After the dissolution of Forbidden, Calvert was asked to replace Pat O’Brien in Nevermore. Nevermore wanted Tim as their second guitarist because lead singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard had toured together with Calvert in the early 1990s when Dane and Sheppard played with Sanctuary and Calvert was in Forbidden. Calvert played on and contributed to their classic concept album “Dreaming Neon Black” (1999).
Calvert left Nevermore in 2000 after the Dreaming Neon Black tour ended. He started career as a pilot, attending school and working in Seattle initially before moving to San Luis Obispo, California for his first assignment, and later Salt Lake City, Utah.
On Monday, April 30th, 2018, the metal world has lost another amazing musician. R.I.P. Tim Calvert (1965-2018).