It’s almost here! ASTONISHING new acts have been formed! Tunes have been PRACTICED!
It’s almost here! ASTONISHING new acts have been formed! Tunes have been PRACTICED!
Nov 11th 2017. Assembly Inn, Bath.
“Hey hey people!!! Nope we havent forgotten and yep we are totally gunna do all the loveliness again! Robb’s gig baby! That’s right – a right lovely get together of nice people, impromptu bands playing sweet ass music, Jagermeister, a bit of nostalgia, performance, booze, SEX HAMMER, whatever you want to happen, let us know!! All help can and will be provided to accommodate people, performance, thoughts, visuals, ANYTHING – just let us know! Please keep the date free and join us for a lovely evening of lovely people doing lovely things – love. xxx”
We’ve missed a couple of years due to various difficulties, but on August 22nd, we achieved Robb’s Gig 2015. Wonderful peeples once again converged on Bath for a night of joy and drink and noise and all the feelings.
I always have plans to say something profound, witty and/or heartfelt on the night, but nerves, stress and time-constraints mean I usually end up mumbling daft nonsenses instead. So I‘ll try to at least get the heartfelt bit done here.
I’ve long been concerned that my lack of communication on this and other matters has made things unclear. It’s not to deify our dead friend. I’m sure almost everyone who knew Robb thought he was awesome, funny, pretty, grumpy, down to earth, an incredible musician and artist; but they also know he was as inherently flawed and silly as the rest of us.
We are in no way glorifying his death. The majority of my thoughts about my brother over the past decade have been fucking futile fury. In one action, he changed the lives of so many people, in such a terrible way. We’re dealing with that every day.
The only way I can come close to forgiving him is to remind myself that at only 22, he knew next to nothing. I know he knew next to nothing because I know I know next to nothing and I have now experienced almost 12 years more learning, thinking and growing than he will ever have.
So, the friction of Robb’s Gig — we want to celebrate the 22 years that he enhanced our lives, whilst simultaneously grieving the one night he fucked our lives and navigating the being-without-him-every-day-since.
It’s a beautiful, exhausting journey into intense emotions, soundtracked by drunken, (sometimes) rusty, musicianship and drunken, nostalgic voices.
We make time to remember him because for all his flaws he was a brilliant human being, and we miss him. We get together because he brought us together. We dance because being alive with these people is freakin’ wonderful and most certainly worth sticking around for. If he were here, I think he’d know that by now.
This means that secondly, but equally, Robb’s Gig is to celebrate each other. The skills and ideas and lovely faces and living lives of those that Robb connected. To me, it’s as much Chris’ Gig, Kristy’s Gig, Sam’s Gig, Shannon’s Gig…, as Robb’s Gig. (I refuse to mention you all by name, but I hope you know it’s your gig.)
So, thank you for being there on the night, thank you for thinking of us if you couldn’t be there, thank you for reading this if this is the first you’ve heard of all this. Thank you for being here now, through everything that got us all to this point in time. I appreciate you all immensely. You make my life better.
Finally, suicide is fucking shit. I presume that many beautiful humans who make this brutal decision are not of a rational state of mind. That is why the one thing I would tattoo on the back of everyone’s hand is:
Don’t mistake the way things are right now for the way things will always be.
In the decade since Robb left, my life has changed, my mind has changed, my body has changed, the world has transformed (thanks Steve Jobs). You don’t know how you are going to feel tomorrow, let alone in 10 years time. If you ever feel like your thoughts and feelings are overwhelming your ability to make rational, healthy decisions, get help. There are so many people out there who can help. If you don’t know who to ask, I will help you find them.
As with anything, the first path might not be the right one, so keep trying, keep experiencing, keep learning. Keep living. Like climbing a mountain to see a mind-blowing panoramic view of our planet, it’s totally fucking worth the pain.
For those of you couldn’t be there at Robb’s Gig 2015 (or those who want to relive it time and time again), debs and I put together the footage from the night and uploaded it to the new Robb’s Gig YouTube channel.
As we were both performing this year, filming was the very last thing that got sorted. We chucked a couple of GoPro cameras and audio recorders into the room just as Seven Crowns were taking the stage. There was no way to get a decent recording from the PA system, so, the sound isn’t as good as I would’ve liked, but we worked with what we could get.
I recommend getting the full Robb’s Gig experience in your living room by getting as drunk as possible (whilst remembering to drink responsibly and looking after your health NUMBER 1 MOST IMPORTANT), putting on this auto-playing playlist of the night, and hugging everyone you see.
Thanks. I love you. #emo.
Or watch each/any ‘performance’ at your leisure:
Robb would’ve been 30 years old today.
As it turns out, being a 30 year old man is really quite different to being a 22 year old boy. 8 years is a long time in neurons. We have no way of knowing what a 30 year old Robb would be like (I know we’d love to be able to find out).
Something I’ve learned during that time is to never be certain about what life is, or who I am. Every choice you make is an experiment and very little of what happens is controllable. So I would suggest to anyone, particularly 22 year old Robb:
See what happens.
Be OK with things not meeting your expectations.
Try not to have any expectations.
Enjoy the experiments of experience.
The one thing that is certain is that choices are only available to alive people. From my experience, I recommend making as many choices as you can, for as long as you possibly can.
Also, playing drums is one of the funnest things a person can do.
UPDATE The video below is randomly auto-playing clips from the night. To get full access to all the clips, click here! Any problems with it, let us know. xx
Here’s the live feed of tonight’s show! We’ll check in when we get chance, so leave comments or what ever if you wanna join in! xx
The following message is brought to you via Jamie, from the wonderface that is Paul C. MacMahon.
Hey beautifuls, and good afternoon to you, the lovely crew.
It’s coming round to that time of the year again, and big ting gwahn in the background of late to bring together the latest installment of our friend Robb’s gig. Robb’s Gig 2010’s venue and date is now CONFIRMED, and we’re proper excited about it. We’ve got plenty of time to pull together an awesome celebration of his life and loves, get creative, make videos, create new bands, write songs, draw pictures, create decorations, act all silly and all the other malarky that we do so well.
Once all that has been sweated over, let’s all get together and show each other what we’ve been doing in:
The Farmhouse, Lansdown in Bath (http://bit.ly/d8Cuu7)
Saturday 25th September 2010 from 5pm.
The staff at the Farmhouse have been really supportive so far and are eager to put the event on, and the pub is completely lush, great atmosphere and perfect for any level of noise we want to make into the wee small hours. We’ve got it exclusively for us till 1 o’clock in the morning.
As we have no limit on noise this year we’re able to crank those amps back up to 11! We will have full backline available (including drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, electric piano and mics), so if you would like to put something together and play let me know and we’ll start to put together a playlist for the evening. We’re encouraging the punk, rock and metal side of things, as well as the acoustic and folk element, and will hopefully have a nice dynamic swoop to the evening. We also have some pretty special things in the works that might not come off, so I won’t mention them yet.
The Farmhouse have a large HDTV behind the stage, so if anyone has anything visual that they would like to display through it – any format should be fine as we can hook a laptop up to it – let me know. We’ll be looping images and things on there through the night, but it would be awesome if we could have another video interlude. Again, if anyone wants to put together a film or show something they’ve created in the past this would be an ideal opportunity.
We’ll be cooking up a barbecue (hopefully) from about 5pm in the outdoor bit of the Farmhouse (which is also really lovely). (It’s all just really lovely there). If the weather is pooping we’ll keep it indoors and sort out some other form of catering. Let me know if anyone has any specific food ideas.
In the spirit of collaboration and embracing emerging technologies I’ve started a Spotify mix to collate all things Robb and musical. Come on board and add freely any songs to be played on the evening in between the live stuff. If you haven’t got Spotify you definitely should have it, and you can get it from www.spotify.com for free – I have a couple of invites left for the unlimited music version so hit me up if you want!
We really hope the date is good for everybody, if anyone has houses that have beds what are inside them for people to sleep in locally then here’s the place to hook up. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, and my mobile number is 07742 364102 for asking the things about the evening and please let me know if you’d like to play, what you’ll be doing and what (if any) of the backline you’ll need. Of course, if there people that need to know and are not on the Facebook then please spread the word.
As always, huge love friends.
Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2367549690
Facebook Event is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120681214646710&index=1
Curated by the marvellous John Ryan, Robb’s Gig 09 is upon us!
Here’s the spec:
Start Time: Saturday, 21 November 2009 at 19:30
End Time: Sunday, 22 November 2009 at 00:00
Location: Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath
Come and see loads of awesome musicians and me! xx
Robb and I recorded a cover of this song for a College project… When I find it, I’ll upload it! Having a bit of a Bloodhound Gang fest at the mo. Plenty of classic Robb quotes in there.