Friends and colleagues report that legendary Vancouver punk drummer Zippy Pinhead has died

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      Many friends and former collaborators of legendary Vancouver drummer William Chobotar (better known as Zippy Pinhead) are reporting via social media that the punk-scene veteran has died.

      As of this writing, the Straight has not been able to officially confirm that this is the case, but tributes to Chobotar continue to appear on Facebook and Twitter.

      Chobotar was a veteran of Vancouver's first wave of punk. As he told

      Started playing bongos with my Dad in church age 6, hung out with Chuck Biscuits in grade school and eventually met Joe Shithead from D.O.A. and Gerry Hanna from the Subhumans, the latter of which I joined my first band.... the Stiffs!

      Chobotar got behind the kit for a number of bands, including D.O.A., the Sick Ones, the Randy Rampage Band, and 22nd Century. He was also a member of Los Popularos, a supergroup that also included John Armstrong (the Modernettes), Art Bergmann (the K-Tels/Young Canadians), Bill Scherk (Active Dog), and Tony Bardach (Pointed Sticks).  

      Chobotar also did a brief stint as the drummer for the Dils, playing on the pioneering California punk act's "Made in Canada" single, which was recorded by Bob Rock at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios. At the time of his reported death, Chobotar had been scheduled to play at a concert paying tribute to the Dils' Tony Kinman, who passed away last May. That concert will take place at the Rickshaw Theatre on April 5.

      A classic Bev Davies shot of Zippy Pinhead playing live with the Dils.
      Bev Davies

      Courtesy of Susanne Tabata, here's a raucous (but now poignant) interview with Pinhead and the rest of the Sick Ones, Brad Kent (who died in 2016) and Randy Rampage (who passed away last year):