Mike Scaccia

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Mike Scaccia
Birth name Michael Ralph Scaccia
Born (1965-06-14)June 14, 1965
Babylon, New York, United States
Died December 23, 2012(2012-12-23) (aged 47)[1]
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Genres Industrial metal, thrash metal, country, blues
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1983–2012
Labels 13th Planet, Sanctuary, Warner, Sire, Metal Blade, Capitol
Associated acts Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Rigor Mortis, Lard, BloHole, League of Blind Women, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters

Michael Ralph "Mike" Scaccia (June 14, 1965 – December 23, 2012)[2] was an American musician, best known as the lead (and sometimes rhythm) guitarist for the metal bands Rigor Mortis, Ministry and The Revolting Cocks.

Early career[edit]

Scaccia was born in Babylon, New York, in the United States of America. He was of Italian descent and had three older sisters.[3]

Scaccia's first band, Spectrum, was formed with high school friends Chuck and Chad Williams on guitar and bass, Johnny Carpenter on drums and Barry (Baron) Lane on vocals. Bruce Corbitt eventually replaced Barry Lane on vocals. Scaccia left Spectrum in late June, 1982.

Rigor Mortis originally formed in 1983 when schoolmates Harden Harrison and Casey Orr met Scaccia. The three shared a love for horror/gore flicks and extremely heavy music, and that recipe helped them create a truly unique form of speed metal that had never been heard before. Bruce Corbitt was added to the lineup on vocals in the summer of 1986. Within five years they had virtually created the thrash metal scene in Texas and landed a major label deal with Capitol Records in 1987. In 1988, Rigor Mortis released their self-titled debut album on Capitol Records.

In 1989, Scaccia was asked by Al Jourgensen to join his band Ministry for their 1989-1990 The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour. Jourgensen was so impressed by Scaccia's talents that he included him into the band full-time.[2] Scaccia left Rigor Mortis in 1991. He then went on to record and tour for Ministry's next album, the platinum-selling smash Psalm 69 throughout 1992.[2] He also played on their Lollapalooza tour.

Throughout 1994-1995, recording began on Ministry's follow-up, Filth Pig. They relocated to Austin where sessions took place. He left the band right before the band's 1996 tour to support Filth Pig.


In early 2005, Rigor Mortis reformed in Texas to ecstatic reviews.[citation needed] Scaccia was included in the lineup. Also at this time, a clean, sober Jourgensen again asked him to rejoin for touring their new album, Animositisomina. He agreed, but left Ministry again in 2006 before rejoining with Al Jourgensen in the studio to record what would be Relapse which was scheduled to tour in the summer of 2012. It was confirmed that Scaccia had been working with the original members of Rigor Mortis as they worked on their first album in twenty years.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On August 29, 1995, Scaccia was arrested at a Wal-Mart for heroin possession. He was originally confronted because he resembled an armed-robbery suspect and he was carrying a case that they thought might contain a gun. When they opened the case, they found heroin instead. Scaccia was arrested and then released on $2,500 bail.[4]


Scaccia collapsed onstage shortly after 11:30 pm on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was performing as part of the 50th birthday celebrations for Bruce Corbitt, the singer for Rigor Mortis; he died onstage shortly after between 11:36 pm and 11:40 pm on Saturday, December 22. He was officially pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after Midnight on Sunday, December 23. Although initial reports suggested a seizure possibly caused by the strobe lighting at the venue, those were false reports and the coroner indicated the cause of death to be "sudden heart attack brought on by heart disease".[5][6] He was 47. A memorial service was held for Scaccia on Sunday, December 30 at the Aristide Event and Conference Center in Mansfield, Texas.


Personal discography[edit]


  1. ^ Greg Prato (2012-12-23). "Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Onstage Collapse | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Rock Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-312-1, p. 694
  3. ^ Murphy, Tom (2012-06-13). "Ministry guitarist Mike Scaccia on Rigor Mortis, Psalm 69 and his friendship with Al Jourgensen". Blogs.westword.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Blog entry". Netrail. May 10, 1996. Archived from the original on 1996-05-10. 
  5. ^ Prato, Greg (December 23, 2012). "Ministry Guitarist Mike Scaccia Dies After Onstage Collapse". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mike Scaccia, Ministry guitarist, dies at 47". BBC News. December 23, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 

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