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    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    DX Band Vocalist Chris Warren Passes Away

    Fans of Attitude Era WWE just lost one of the most defining voices of their generation.

    Chris Warren, frontman for the DX Band, whose iconic screeches made such wrestling themes as D-Generation X's "Break It Down" and Triple H's "My Time" world-famous, passed away suddenly on June 12. He was 49.

    His obituary reads as follows:

    Christopher P. Warren of Valley Cottage, NY, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the age 49. Christopher was born in Huntington, Long Island, NY on May 27, 1967 to Christopher J. and Barbara Warren. 
    He was employed by Local 638 NYC as a Steam Fitter for many years. Music was his passion. He was very artistic and was a singer for the band Bro-kin. 
    Christopher is survived by his mother, Barbara Spector, his three brothers, Steven (Lena) Spector, Andrew (Jill) Spector and Danny (Margit) Spector and his sister, Laura Spector. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 
    “Christopher was very well-liked and will be greatly missed by all that knew him." 
    He was predeceased by his father, Christopher J. Warren and step father, Paul Spector. 
    Visiting hours will be Friday, June 17 from 2 to 4 pm & 6 to 9 pm at the Joseph W. Sorce F.H. Inc. 
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 18 in St. Ann’s Church, 16 Jefferson Ave., Nyack, NY. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

    Casual listeners initially described the Long Island, NY native as a Zack de la Rocha wannabe with his vocal stylings, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. His spitting, whiny delivery was exactly what the WWE needed to break out of its New Generation-induced slump, and turn the fabled Monday Night Wars around.

    His performance on "My Time," the theme behind Triple H's first main event singles run, was perhaps his most definitive one. His scathing verses and incessant howling of the song's main hook made this perhaps one of the top five Attitude Era themes, with a filthiness that would probably never pass muster in today's New Era of pro wrestling.

    Warren also did some work for TNA in the late 2000s with his band, Bro-Kin. Their song, "Low" was the theme for its No Surrender pay-per-view in 2007—a card which was headlined by Kurt Angle squaring off against Abyss for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

    That same year, the Genesis pay-per-view used "Separate" as its main theme.

    "For The Vein" concluded their TNA run, as it was used to set the tone for 2008's Final Resolution.

    His last known collaboration with legendary WWE composer Jim Johnston came about in 2009 for this little-known (and entirely unused) rearranged DX theme.

    Rest in peace, Chris. All of heaven is waiting for you to break the pearly gates down.
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