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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Stingray5, Aug 15, 2012.
That's terrible news. So sorry to hear. Suiside? Such a waste.
This is SO sad. I saw him with Elton last Oct. He was amazing. My God talent are dropping off like flies this year.
He was a great player !
Very sad. RIP.
Some people just cannot find peace on this earth..so sad. RIP Bob Birch. Thanks for the great music.
We're losing way too many brethren this year...
very sad indeed! rip
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.
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....
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.
Such sad news! So hard to fathom.
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.
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....
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.
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....
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.
Sad a great talent. Condolences to his family and friends RIP Bob
R. I. P.