Friday 9 December 2016

Robbie keeps the beat up in Heaven

Robbie Brennan was a legendary Irish drummer who sadly died in April. Our reporter talks to the luminaries behind 'Gig For Robbie' tomorrow night at the Olympia in Dublin

Published 26/09/2016 | 02:30

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There was no one who knew more about the beat than him. It was sad when former Skid Row, Scullion and Phil Lynott drummer Robbie Brennan's heart stopped beating on April 12 of this year. Hot Press magazine dubbed him, not inaccurately, one of the greatest drummers "ever to whack a snare in Ireland". To celebrate his illustrious life, some of the musicians who played with him - and many who simply just loved him - are playing Gig For Robbie tomorrow night at The Olympia.

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Terry O'Neill, producer of the gig, recalls meeting Robbie when he became Skid Row's drummer in 1968. "I was the roadie. Skid Row were Brush, Phil Lynott, Gary Moore and Robbie. He was an engineer in Roadstone and wouldn't leave his job to go professional until he was sure that he had 'something to fall back on'."

"Over the years we worked together on a few projects and somewhere along the line became close friends," adds Terry.

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