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RIP Bob Birch

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stingray5, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. Syco_bass

    Syco_bass Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    Custom builder - Arizona Bass Company/Curcio Custom Basses
    That's terrible news. So sorry to hear. Suiside?:rollno: Such a waste.
  2. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    This is SO sad. I saw him with Elton last Oct. He was amazing. My God talent are dropping off like flies this year.
  3. Lennard III.

    Lennard III.

    Aug 21, 2008
    Endorsing Artist : Fodera Guitars , Harvest fine leather bags & straps
    He was a great player !

    RIP Bob :(
  4. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Very sad. RIP.
  5. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Some people just cannot find peace on this earth..so sad. RIP Bob Birch. Thanks for the great music.
  6. We're losing way too many brethren this year...

  7. very sad indeed! rip
  8. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    RIP, Bob...
  9. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    What a freakin' shame. I had the opportunity to meet Bob during my days with The Bass Centre, and last ran into him at the NAMM show with my kids several years ago. What a good guy, and a hell of a talent.

    I hope he has found peace.
  10. 64jazzbass


    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
    I had the good fortune of getting to know Bob while living in LA in the eighties. At the time he was playing with a phenomenal singer named Rainey and was not only a terrific bass player but a great guy. This is tragic news....
  11. basscaster


    Jan 20, 2011
    I am just shocked and saddened. I interviewed Bob for a bass mag years ago, just a super guy. He had *the* career as a sideman bassist. At a loss for words.
  12. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Such sad news! So hard to fathom.
  13. jtl1380


    Oct 12, 2010
    Asheville, NC
    Had the opportunity to see him play a few years ago in Elton John's Red Piano show at Caesar's. Crazy show, but amazing musicianship all around.

    Another sad loss for the bass community.
  14. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I heard from a friend of mine who was on the road crew for Billy Joel for many years and is still active touring with other bands that Bob Birch was in a very bad accident when he was a young man and as a result he lived in excruciating pain throughout his life....
  15. basscaster


    Jan 20, 2011
    57pbass - in the mid-90s while on tour with Elton, he was also hit by a car and had serious injuries, broken bones. Elton flew him home to recuperate, and kept his spot in the band for him while he got well.

    I've been doing some more reading, and it appears he had done some Elton gigs in the last few years sitting in a chair due to excruciating back pain. One report says the accident also did severe damage to his lower back.
  16. cetera


    Apr 29, 2004
    Surrey, England
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses & Cort Basses
    Such sad news.... another one of my favourite bassists gone - and much too soon.

    RIP Bob, thank you for the music and I hope you are finally free of pain :(

    Your wife and son are in my thoughts....
  17. Very sad indeed. Not only was he a great Bass player he was also a student of the bass and a great interviewer. I have Chris Squire's instructional video and Bob is the interviewer.
  18. Sad a great talent. Condolences to his family and friends RIP Bob
  19. rulyongo


    May 5, 2011
    Carolina, PR
    R. I. P.

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