ELTON JOHN, BILLY JOEL: Comment on Bassist's Death
Elton John and Billy Joel have both commented on the passing of bassist Bob Birch, who was found dead of an apparent suicide on Wednesday.
John, who had Birch as a member of his band since 1992, said in a statement, "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.”
Birch also played with Billy Joel on the Face to Face tours John and Joel did together. Joel said in a statement, "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."