Musician Chris Warren, who was famously part of the “DX Band” during the Attitude Era, has died at the age of 49.
A funeral is scheduled for this weekend in the Long Island area of New York, where Warren was born and also lived.
According to Warren’s obituary, the musician “passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the age 49.”
The obituary continues: “He was employed by Local 638 NYC as a Steam Fitter for many years. Music was his passion. He was very artistic and was a singer for the band Bro-kin.”
Visiting hours will be Friday, June 17 at the Joseph W. Sorce F.H. Inc. in West Nyack, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at St. Ann’s Church in Nyack.
Warren is known to many as the voice behind the DX entrance music, and after Jim Johnston (head of WWE music) became so impressed with him, he offered him further vocal work. Over the course of the next four years, Warren recorded several songs for WWE.
In 1998, Warren made his television debut at WrestleMania XIV, performing a screeching version of “America The Beautiful” and The Star-Spangled Banner, for which he was booed heavily, as the fans and national media in attendance considered the performance disrespectful and of poor quality. The performance was never released on home video and is also completely edited out of the recent WWE Network version of the show. Warren and the band also performed the DX ring entrance music later the same night as DX came to the ring, and again five months later at the 1998 SummerSlam. Later that year Warren recorded the vocals for Triple H’s theme “My Time”. This song was featured on the platinum album WWF The Music, Vol. 4. He also recorded the Superstars theme from 1997.
His last appearance was a cameo on the Run-D.M.C. “The Kings” music video, directed by David Sahadi. Warren, along with Bro-Kin, also recorded an unreleased song for Tough Enough II which never made it onto the show.