|Elton, Bernie and others pay tribute to Bob Birch
Thursday, August 16 2012
Bob Birch, bass player and backing vocalist in Elton John's band, died yesterday at the age of 56. Following Bob's death, Elton and others made the following statements.
Elton: “I am devastated and shocked at the loss of my friend and fellow musician, Bob Birch. My heart goes out to Bob’s wife Michele, his son Jonathan and his family. To me Bob was family. He had been a member of my band for 20 years; we played over 1400 concerts together. He was one of the greatest musicians I have ever worked with, and in all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note. I cannot find the words to describe this tragic death, and how much I loved him. May he rest in peace.”
Bernie: "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Billy Joel: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bob Birch. He was a brilliant musician, a true professional and a wonderful man to work with. After 16 years on the road together I considered him to be a good friend. I and all the people in my touring organization will miss him very much."
Bob Birch dead in apparent suicide
Thursday, August 16 2012 at 06:43:02
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