Bob Birch was bass player and backing vocalist in the Elton John Band for twenty years, performing at 1,441 Elton John concerts and on over 50 studio songs. In addition, Bob performed at many events benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We remember him with great fondness, gratitude, and admiration, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Michele and son Jonathan during this difficult time. We wish to share the thoughts of EJAF’s Founder Sir Elton John with the Foundation’s friends and supporters:
“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.” — Elton John, August 16, 2012
If you would like to make a contribution to EJAF in Bob’s memory, you may do so here.