We have received official word that longtime music industry executive Craig Aaronson passed away earlier today at around 1:00 p.m. PDT, after a long fight with cancer.
(photo: taken from My Chemical Romance's Life On The Murder Scene, 2006)
Aaronson is perhaps most widely known for doing A&R at Warner Bros. Records, where he worked with a vast array of artists, including The Used, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Against Me! and many, many more.
He kicked off his resume by signing Jimmy Eat World to Capitol in 1995 for Static Prevails, and then served as A&R for their 1999 album, Clarity. However, he left the label in 1998, and then began his relationship with Warner Bros. Records. He also signed Less Than Jake twice—once to Capitol in 1996 and again to Sire/Warner Bros. in 2003.
As aforementioned, Aaronson went on to work with countless bands from our scene, pushing them to heights that most wouldn't have thought possible. He discussed signing Avenged Sevenfold in an interview, saying, "I just signed a new group that's on an independent label called Avenged Sevenfold. I'm doing that together with Andy Olyphant. We're going to put out the record next year, but we're really excited."
Most recently, he was working with the record company Hundred Handed, who put out Coheed And Cambria's most recent full-length album, The Aftermath: Descension.
Alternative Press would like to thank Craig Aaronson for all he has done for our scene. We send our deepest condolences to Aaronson's family, friends and fans.
Various artists and industry figures alike have weighed in on Aaronson's passing. Read what they had to say below.
Fred Mascherino (The Color Fred, ex-Taking Back Sunday):
Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!):
RIP Craig Aaronson. So sad. He was a great friend who taught me alot and played a huge part in my career.— Fred Mascherino (@thecolorfred) October 30, 2014
Gerard Way (ex-My Chemical Romance):
News of a death is always heavy. I'm taking the rest of the night off y'all. Love the ones you got.— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) October 30, 2014
Branden Steineckert (Rancid, ex-the Used):
Rest in peace Craig. You gave us fire, hope, and love. Thank you.— Scare-ard Way (@gerardway) October 30, 2014
Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria):
Just received heartbreaking news. The world lost a visionary man today whom I owe my career to! So sad.. Signing off for now RIP C. Aaronson— Branden Steineckert (@801PUNX) October 30, 2014
John Feldmann (Producer):
The world lost one of the kindest men I know today. You'll be missed, Craig. pic.twitter.com/HMFYyL5XUP— Claudi-GHOST? (@claudioPsanchez) October 30, 2014
Thomas Gutches (President, The Artery Foundation):
Craig Aaronson RIP— John Feldmann (@JohnFeldy) October 29, 2014
“@JohnFeldy: Craig Aaronson RIP” what an iconic legend...— Thomas Gutches (@ThomasGutches) October 29, 2014
Rest in Paradise Craig Aaronson. Thank you for believing in me when I was just a kid making music.— Adeline Records (@adelinerecords) October 30, 2014