Denis "Piggy" D'Amour (September 24, 1959 – August 26, 2005) was a Canadian guitarist. D'Amour was a member of the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod from its inception in 1982 until his death from colon cancer in 2005, aged 45.
Piggy (second from left) with Voivod in a 1986 promotional photo.
|Birth name||Denis D'Amour|
|Also known as||Piggy|
|Born||September 24, 1959|
|Died||August 26, 2005(aged 45)|
|Genres||Heavy metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, speed metal|
|Labels||Metal Blade, Noise, MCA, Mausoleum, Hypnotic, Chophouse, The End|
D'Amour's approach to music was anarchic and experimental rather than strict and theoretical. He was trained in classical violin as a child. He was influenced by progressive rock artists such as King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Rush.
In the summer of 2005, D'Amour was diagnosed with colon cancer. Subsequently, a routine operation was scheduled though several complications led doctors to suspect further problems. The cancer had extensively progressed, rendering any operation non-viable.
D'Amour slipped into a coma in the palliative care unit of a Montreal hospital on August 25, 2005, surrounded in his final hours by family and friends. The guitarist died the next day at approximately 11:45pm.
The documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, featuring an interview with D'Amour, was released on September 7, 2005.
- Marshall JCM 800 Head
- War & Pain 1984 (Metal Blade Records)
- Rrröööaaarrr 1986 (Noise Records)
- Killing Technology 1987 (Noise Records)
- Dimension Hatröss 1988 (Noise Records)
- Nothingface 1989 (Mechanic / MCA Records)
- Angel Rat 1991 (Mechanic Records) / MCA Records)
- The Outer Limits 1993 (Mechanic / MCA Records)
- Negatron 1995 (Hypnotic Records)
- Phobos 1998 (Slipdisc Hypnotic Records)
- Kronik 1998 (Slipdisc Hypnotic Records)
- Voivod Lives 2000 (Metal Blade Records)
- Voivod 2003 (Chophouse Records / Surfdog Records)
- Katorz 2006 (The End Records)
- Infini 2009 (Relapse Records)
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