ARMORED SAINT’s JOHN BUSH On MIKE HOWE’s Suicide: ‘I Wish He Would Have Just Called Me’

John Bush Interview

ARMORED SAINT singer John Bush has reflected on Mike Howe‘s death, saying the METAL CHURCH singer was “a really nice guy and a genuine person.”

Mike Howe‘s official cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging, TMZ has revealed. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept. told the site authorities are calling it a suicide.

In a recent interview with “I Ask No One With Kevin Re LoVullo,” Bush said: “I couldn’t believe when I heard the news about [Mike] passing away recently. We had just [done] a tour with METAL CHURCH not too long ago — we went to play a bunch of dates in Europe with METAL CHURCH, some festivals as well as a lot of headline shows together. And we did some shows out here in America as well on the West Coast — we played Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and L.A. And Mike was just an incredible singer — powerful voice, great vibe.

“I’m still pretty flabbergasted about his passing; I just can’t believe it. We shared a bus recently, and we did a bunch of interviews together ’cause people wanted to interview the two singers when we were on tour together. I’m really bummed about that one. I don’t know what to say.

“I’ve heard that he took his own life, and, man, I wish he would have just called me,” Bush continued. “‘Cause we did chat after the tour. He has his older son. I think his son was playing college football, and he was super proud of his kids. That one really, really hits me hard.

Mike was one of those guys — he was just a nice man; he was just a good guy. In the music business, you meet a lot of pricks — in bands and out of bands and agents and managers, whatever. But he was a good guy. He was a really nice guy and a genuine person. And that one really bugs me.”

Howe fronted METAL CHURCH from 1988 until 1994 and officially rejoined the band in April 2015.