Midnight (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameJohn Patrick Jr. McDonald
Born(1962-04-29)April 29, 1962
DiedJuly 8, 2009(2009-07-08) (aged 47)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, progressive metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1982–2009
LabelsRoadrunner, MCA, Atlantic, Black Lotus Records
Associated actsCrimson Glory, Jon Oliva, Genius, Monstrosity,

Midnight (born John Patrick Jr. McDonald, April 29, 1962 – July 8, 2009) was an American musician best known for being the vocalist of Crimson Glory.[1][2][3][4] The band became known for Midnight's "ear-shattering screams", which drew comparisons to Geoff Tate,[5] and "painfully strident delivery."[6]


Midnight joined Crimson Glory in the early 1980s. In 1986, their debut album was issued by Roadrunner Records. It took the newcomers only a couple of years to surpass their debut with their sophomore effort, 1988's Transcendence, a joint release on MCA/Roadrunner. In 1991 they signed to Atlantic Records and released Strange & Beautiful, an album which showed a commercial switch in the band's sound. Not long after the latest release, Midnight left the band and the other members dispersed and became involved with various other acts.

For roughly seven years, Midnight remained out of sight. In the late 1990s, Midnight spent months recording a six-song full-band recording to try to secure a new record deal and some press. Unfortunately, when he left Florida and went to Texas he lost the only original master tape. To recover from this huge setback, Midnight reappeared with a low-budget EP originally titled Songs from the Attic which was later re-released simply as M, produced by Tim Fredenburg and featuring Bobby Kovacs on guitar, it explored a more acoustic direction (only 500 copies were made). Once again, Midnight vanished until late 2004 it was announced that he had joined forces with Black Lotus Records to release his full-length debut solo album, Sakada.[1]

After the release of Sakada, Midnight did a short press tour in Europe which also included several acoustic performances. In 2007, Midnight joined forces with a new group of musicians including Matt LaPorte who also played with the ex-Savatage frontman's band Jon Oliva's Pain, and Lee Harrison the drummer and founder of the death metal band Monstrosity who also previously toured with Obituary and is currently with Terrorizer as well. Together they recorded, in addition to the All Souls Midnight disc, material for a 20-song covers disc simply titled Covers, a 36 song 3-CD set of original songs titled M2 – Descending into Madness, and a 24-clip DVD documenting the final recordings called A Strange Tea Party, all of which remains unreleased. Other musicians involved in these recordings were Phil Anderson (who produced and played on Sakada), John Zahner (Crimson Glory, Jon Oliva's Pain), Zane Black (Kozmic Lords), Chris Tripp (Tripp3), Ronnie Dee (Greg Billings), and Jerry Outlaw (Genitorturers, Jon Oliva's Pain).

Midnight joined forces with Jon Oliva in 2008 to re-record "Painted Skies" from Transcendence.

Death and later developments[edit]

On July 8, 2009, Midnight died of a stomach aneurysm at the age of 47 in St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.[3] He was survived by his mother, Patricia A. Gentry; his brothers, Andrew and Matthew McDonald; his daughters, Ariel and Heaven; and his grandson Benjamin.[7] In memory of their fallen bandmate, the rest of Crimson Glory played a tribute show, headlining 2009's ProgPower.[8] The show featured several guest vocalists, including Todd La Torre, who eventually joined the band as their new lead singer.[9][10]

On December 24, 2017, Midnight's daughter, Heaven McDonald, died from liver failure; she was the mother of Midnight's grandson Benjamin, who was born prior to Midnight's death.[11]


Albums with Crimson Glory[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • The Lost Tape (1998), unreleased
  • Songs from the Attic (2000)
  • M (2001)
  • Sakada (2005)
  • All Souls Midnight (2008), 100 copies on CD-R only
  • Covers (2009), unreleased
  • A Strange Tea Party DVD (2009), unreleased
  • M2: Descending into Madness (2014)

Albums with Genius[edit]

  • Genius: A Rock Opera (2002)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Ben Jackson Group - All Over You (2005): guest vocals on "Rock n' Roll Heaven (Or Bust)"


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Midnight Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Crimson Glory Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Former CRIMSON GLORY Singer MIDNIGHT Dead at 47". Blabbermouth.net. July 8, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ Begai, Carl (September 10, 2009). "CRIMSON GLORY - Midnight Eternal". Brave Words. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory". Allmusic. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Transcendence - Crimson Glory". Allmusic. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Weingarten, Abby (July 10, 2009). "'Hounded by...demons,' rocker dies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. GateHouse Media. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "CRIMSON GLORY To Headline PROGPOWER USA 10th Anniversary". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. July 15, 2009. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "TODD LATORRE To Join CRIMSON GLORY For PROGPOWER USA Tribute Show". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. September 3, 2009. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "CRIMSON GLORY Announces New Lead Vocalist". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. May 13, 2010. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "Heaven Leah McDonald Obituary". March 28, 2007.

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