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by Keith Hayward
Aug. 16th, 2012
I was devastated this morning to hear the sad news of the passing away of my good friend, Bob Birch.
It still has not sunk in for me. Bob was a great musician, a wonderful person and a good friend. I recall the times we spent together fondly whenever he was on tour and we could get together. His laid back attitude, his dry sense of humour, his sunglasses and his smile.
Bob was always someone onstage who seemed to really enjoy performing. He had a strong work ethic that he acquired from his father and he always put perfection in his work. As Elton said 'Bob never played or sang a wrong note'.
I remember Bob being the first one to contact me after I had a car accident a few years ago. I was banged up and he encouraged me to keep up with the physiotherapy that I had to endure. He also was very supportive to me while I was (and am) going through some tough personal and medical issues. He was there for me, making me laugh or giving me words of encouragement. He cared.
I was there in Montreal when Bob was hit by a truck and wasn't expected to walk again. He'd had countless surgeries over the years to help him recover. He did get back on his feet and soldiered on despite the pain.
I talked to Bob after the passing of Guy Babylon. Bob was deeply depressed over the loss of his 'brother' band member, and he even questioned himself about touring anymore. I tried to help and talk with him as much as I could, but it was a very trying time for Bob, and some pains you never get over.
I remember how elated he was when I gave him an autographed photo of Gino Vanelli for his birthday (Bob was a big fan of Gino's)
Bob was there for me, I only wish I could have been there for him. I can appreciate what he was going through. There are too many stories for me to relate to you about Bob, but one that stands out is the time when the band was touring with Courtney Love. Apparently she got drunk and abusive one time (off-stage) and security had to be called to escort her out. Love went into a fit and started pulling clothes out of her handbag and saying, 'well the police are coming to arrest me, whatever should I wear?' Bob said 'Do you have anything with stripes?'
Too funny Bob. Blues never fade away, now just get on the bus.
I'll miss you dude,