R.I.P. Col. Bruce Hampton

soli528

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So sad. Lots of memories with that man.
Time is Free, Bruce.
 

MKB

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RIP. I dug the old Aquarium Rescue Unit.

One of my favorite Col. moments was his appearance in Sling Blade.
I used to quote that poem "I stand on a hill..." every time we would do a mic check before festival gigs. Someone would always hoot their approval.

RIP Col. Bruce.

BTW, I have a new regret in never seeing ARU live. If you have a favorite artist and are waiting to see them live, don't wait. Life is too short.
 

soli528

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ARU in the early 90s was the stuff. They would commonly open for larger bands, and as their set was finishing up, they would often have a couple guys from the headline band sit in, then another, all the while ARU members would leave the stage mid-jam one by one until the bands had transitioned without a break.
Bruce used to love to talk to fans before/after shows, guessing people's birthdays, or home towns, doing parlor tricks, generally blowing minds.
One of the strangest yet sweet people I ever met.
 

beanbass

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Woah - one of my buddies played his afterparty that night in Atlanta. He 's been playing bass & mandolin with the Col.
 
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Staticbuster

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Such a bummer. I've seen ARU, plus seeing The Colonel sit in with dozens of bands over the years. His energy and good will will forever be missed. Sad day.
 

Smashies

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Holy s*** that's awful! He will be missed. Loved his music, especially with Aquarium Rescue Unit.
 

sws1

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Real sad. And an eloquent way to go out I suppose.

On the other hand, I watched the video on YT. He fell down and was laying there for 3+ minutes (maybe even more) before anyone approached him. They all thought it was some sort of joke. If it was in fact a heart attack, perhaps he could have been saved if people reacted quickly. Not finger pointing at all, just commenting on one specifically tragic part of the story.
 

Seth L

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I had the great pleasure to see The Hampton Grease Band back in the day, also The Late Bronze Age many times, and The Aquarium Rescue Unit as well. A true legend.
 

Crowder

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He used to come through here with the ARU pretty frequently (we're not far from Atlanta) and it was always a great show. Seeing Jimmy Herring and Oteil up close in a small club was amazing.
 

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RIP.

But man... what a freakin' way to go out. During the last song, on-stage, at a benefit concert for your own birthday. Literally playing guitar right up until the last moment. I know it's sounds horrible, but That's freakin' awesome.
 

Tim Bowen

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Hampton Grease Band and Eric Quincy Tate definitely get a chapter in the history of southern rock. Glenn Phillips, guitarist for Hampton Grease, plays my little town regularly and will be doing a show here in a few weeks. I expect he'll be paying tribute to the Colonel for a while, wonder if some of the old HGB material will be dusted off.

Bruce was one of a kind, and an Atlanta institution. A band I was with called the Fashion Clowns split a bill with him at a club near the Varsity in downtown Atlanta years ago, can't remember the name of the joint. Bruce was a calculated nut of course, but also very kind and gracious. At the gig he was wearing a pair of overalls with a bra on outside of the overalls. What a goof. He will be missed.
 




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