Peter Steele

Peter Steele

Infobox musical artist
Name = Peter Steele

Img_size =
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Peter Ratajczyk
Height 6 ft 6
Alias = Peter Steele; Pete Steele
Born = Birth date and age|1962|1|4|df=yes
Brooklyn, New York
Died =
Origin =
Instrument = Vocals, Bass, Guitar (on occasion), Keyboards (on occasion)
Genre = Rock, Gothic-Doom, Metal
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, Musician
Years_active = 1979 - present
Label = Roadrunner Records, SPV America
Associated_acts = Type O Negative
Seventh Void
URL = [ Type-O-Negative]
Notable_instruments = Bass guitar

Peter Steele (born Peter Ratajczyk on January 4 1962 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) [ [ IMDb Profile] ] is the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic-doom band Type O Negative. At 6' 6", Peter's low, bass heavy voice is one of the most recognizable features in Type O Negative's music. Before joining Type O Negative, he played for the metal group Fallout and the thrash band Carnivore.

Steele is equally known for his dark humor and clinical depression; he has occasionally received psychiatric treatment for the latter. There were unconfirmed rumors at one point of Steele's death after the band [ website] posted an image of a tombstone bearing his name and the dates 1962-2005. [ [ Roadrunner Records Article] ] According to an article dated May 14, 2005, Steele was not dead; the gag was related to their fresh signing with SPV Records. The website discontinued the tombstone picture in October 2005. However, Steele had indeed disappeared for an extended time with no explanation from the band or management. Rumors of his death, terminal illness, and other speculations increased until the mystery was dispelled on the 2006 DVD "Symphony for the Devil". Included in this DVD is an interview in which Steele briefly mentions his incarceration in Riker's Island and "the psych ward at King's County Hospital", both stints apparently caused by his heavy substance abuse, for which he also served time on probation. Additionally, Steele was admittedly very bitter towards his sisters for what he perceived to be a betrayal of sorts that led to his jail time. This situation was incorporated into "Tripping A Blind Man" on Type O Negative's 2007 album, "Dead Again".

Steele notoriously appeared as a nude centerfold of "Playgirl" in 1995 [cite book | title=Metal: The Definitive Guide | year=2007 | author=Garry Sharpe-Young | pages=293] . After finding out via bandmate Kenny Hickey's contacts that only 23% of the magazine subscribers were female, Steele somewhat regretted the decision and later made light of it on "Life Is Killing Me" with the song "I Like Goils". In a 2007 interview, Steele reflected on the posing as merely a naïve publicity stunt. [ [ Peter Steele and Josh Silver Interview - Decibel Magazine April, 2007] ]

Steele has also revealed in recent interviews that Type O Negative's split from Roadrunner Records, aside from a poor offer, had to do with an allegedly unauthorized release of a "Best Of" compilation. [ [ Steele discussing Touring and Roadrunner] ] Additionally, he later revealed on MTV's "Headbangers Ball" that the new alliance with SPV Records is probably his favorite thing about "Dead Again" from a production standpoint. [ [ MTV Headbangers Blog] ] In April 2007, Steele revealed that he began identifying himself as Roman Catholic in recent years, after decades of self-professed atheism. In an interview with "Decibel" magazine, Steele explains “There are no atheists in foxholes, they say, and I was a foxhole atheist for a long time. But after going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly, it made me realize my mortality. And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.” [ [ Peter Steele and Josh Silver Interview - Decibel Magazine April, 2007] ]


External links

*imdb name|name=Peter Steele|id=1627592
* [ Official Type O Negative web site]

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