||ROBBIE BRENNAN OBITUARY
Roger Berzerk Fauske
This year hasn't been the best for losing members of the rock fraternity and another was unfortunately added to that already far too long list on Tuesday when drummer Robbie Brennan sadly passed away.
He may not have been a household name to a lot of you in the same way that Lemmy was but you will be in no doubt of his qualities, both as a musician and more importantly as a person, when talking to those who played with him and knew him.
It would be very hard to cover his whole career in such a short article but by way of a potted history, these are a few of his accomplishments professionally.
He was Grand Slam's drummer, having replaced Brian Downey right at the beginning of the band's short reign. Grand Slam of course featured the late, great Phil Lynott, a link that Robbie had going way back to his Skid Row days (a band that over time featured such luminaries as Lynott, Gary Moore, Eric Bell and Paul Chapman to name a few).
Aside from that he also played with Christy Moore, Auto Da Fé, Jimi Slevin and the Electric Band, Paul Brady and Clannad. For several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Robbie was the drummer of the Dublin rock band Stepaside, named after the Dublin suburb Stepaside, along with ex-Miami Showband member Paul Ashford. He was was also a member of Scullion, recording 'Spin' in 1985.
Robbie died suddenly during the afternoon of Tuesday 12 April 2016.
I could quote bands, albums and gigs at you but it is far better to hear it from the horse's mouth so to speak - those who played with him and knew him as a friend. It is a mark of the high esteem Robbie was held in that almost as soon as I asked Magnum's Mark Stanway (who was in Grand Slam with him) and Pat McManus, a friend of Robbie's for many years, they replied with their thoughts.
Mark Stanway said: "This news came as a real shock to me. I found out in the early hours of Wednesday morning via my close friend Pat McManus who was also close friends with Robbie.
"Robbie, my fellow band mate in Phil Lynott's Grand Slam back in 1984, was a fine drummer and whilst he went through some dark times (much like Phil Lynott did without going into detail) this was so sad and unexpected. I send out my deepest condolences to Robbie's family and inner circle of friends and my love and prayers are with you all. God Bless Robbie, RIP."
Pat said: "Always knew Robbie, but it was only in recent years (going back about eight years) that whenever we played Tullamore he would always get up and have a jam with the PMB. Wonderful memories of times shared with a great drummer who was an inspiration to many young drummers in Ireland."
To have had such an impact on two of the finest rock musicians we have in this country says more about Robbie the man than I ever could. He has rejoined Lynott and Gary Moore at the great gig in the sky - that is one hell of a band.
Cheers Robbie, we all raise our glass to you.