Friday, June 18, 2010

Bob Gately RIP

I'm very sad to know that Bob died on June 9th after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January. I last talked with Bob early in the fall, he was a rare, genuine person who contributed a lot to our music culture in the 70's. I remember the Joplin concert he produced, among a host of other cool things.

He was at our KCAC Lives/Rebirth reunion at Alwun House in 2005 and was so psyched about it. He helped me contact a bunch of people for the event, both he and Ron Wortham were terrific cheerleaders (o: I have a collection of emails from Bob over the last five or six years...I will treasure them.

'God is Alive, Magic is Afoot' and there's a special place for space cowboys in the afterlife, whatever it may be! Peace, Bob. We'll miss you.

1 comment:

Jimmy said...

Here's a brief bio on Bob penned by Kyle Lawson, former theater writer for The Arizona Republic (now retired):

Those with long memories and a fondness for vintage rock music will remember Gately as the local promoter of concerts by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Janis Joplin, Jethro Tull and the Beach Boys during the mid-60's and early 70's.

Later, he was involved with the development of Dr. Munchies Grocery and Gathering Place in Scottsdale. After leaving Scottsdale, Gately went to New York, where he managed Maxwell's Plum - world-renowned restaurant - for owner, Warner LeRoy. Then he moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he ran a ski shop, and, later, to Hollywood, where he wrote for radio and television.