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Paul Stitt, aka Paul Vee, former Angellic Rage Frontman Killed in Las Vegas

Paul Stitt, aka Paul Vee, former Angellic Rage Frontman Killed in Las Vegas

It's yet another sad day for the Denver music scene. A little more than a week after reporting on Johnny Schou's tragic, untimely death, we've received word that Paul Stitt, the former frontman of Angellic Rage (pictured above, center), was shot and killed in a bungled robbery attempt in Las Vegas a few nights ago. According to a piece filed by the Las Vegas Review Journal, the shooting occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday night, and the assailants are still at large.

Stitt, a beloved member of the Denver scene from more than a decade ago, had moved from the Mile High City to Las Vegas last year and was reportedly seeking a simpler life, maintaining a low profile, working as a liquor store clerk and getting around on a scooter.

Around here, Stitt was better known as Paul Vee, the gifted, powerful and charismatic singer of Angellic Rage, a mainstay on the Denver metal scene during the early to mid-'90s that holds the distinction of being one of the only -- if not the only -- local band to have performed on stage at Mile High Stadium, pre-Invesco Field. Besides being a stellar vocalist, Stitt was an imposing figure on stage, who affected a slightly unhinged persona that carried an unpredictable, unbridled sense of mayhem. At a time when there weren't a lot of over-the-top, bigger than life acts in Denver, Angellic Rage stood at the vanguard.

The two assailants -- captured in an eerily silent, black and white surveillance video posted on YouTube by KLAS TV in Vegas -- have yet to be apprehended. A memorial for Stitt is being planned. We'll post more details as we have them.

-- Dave Herrera

Angellic Rage


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