Steve Carroll R.I.P.

Steve Carroll in 1999

It is with great sadness that we have to relay the tragic news regarding the passing of Steve Carroll, former guitarist with Praying Mantis (latter Little Bo Bitch) whose tasteful licks, melodic tones and fine voice graced the highly acclaimed album, ‘TIME TELLS NO LIES’. This statement was released by his sister Amanda Gilby:

“My brother Steve Carroll Sadly died on the 2nd of August 2015 after a long battle with ill health.he enjoyed life and partied hard sadly just a little too hard and it took its toll. He had lots of good stories to tell of good times playing in the band and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends x”

Time indeed tells no lies Steve and your legacy will continue to live through your tremendous contribution to the band. Thank you for everything. Our hearts go out to your family, friends and fans and may you Rest In Peace

You can read the comprehensive interview with Steve in 1999 here


I have been a Praying Mantis fan since I first heard "Captured City" on Metal for Muthas. Time Tells No Lies has always been on of my favourite albums and I was overjoyed when I first discovered it was out on CD. I didn't know what had happened after the first album until in about 1994 I discovered "A Cry For The New World". I was worried about getting it as I thought it had to be a disappointment but I was wrong. I loved it and have followed the band and maintained this website ever since.

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3 comments on “Steve Carroll R.I.P.
  1. Mick Delaney says:

    This is sad and tragic news. With all due respect to past and current members of the band, Praying Mantis to me is Chris, Tino, Dave and Steve. The 4 Friday night residency of the Marquee Club will live with me to my last breath and they rank as some of the greatest gigs I have been to. Steve always played for the band and crowd. RIP Steve.

  2. Jim Food says:

    Time Tells No Lies – my favourite Mantis album. Very sad to hear of Steve Carroll’s passing.

  3. I’ve only just seen the really sad news regarding the passing of Steve, I played bass in little bo bitch, we had some amazing times back then, I’ll always remember steve as a special lovely guy, my thoughts are with you mate and your family, Bob Wainwright,

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