Credit photo: Pierre-Emile Bertona
- HOMMAGE TO BRIAN DAVISON
It is with profound sadness that I would like to share with all of you the passing on April 15th 2008, of Brian Davison,
"drummer extraordinaire" and for me, a true kindred Spirit.
Brian was the drummer for "Refugee" the group I had formed with him and Lee Jackson.
Prior to "Refugee" he was the drummer for "The Nice" which included Keith Emerson and Lee Jackson.
He also had his own group "Every Which Way", and had played with the group "Gong".
Brian was not only a great "musical" drummer, he was also my friend until the end. During our time together in "Refugee" he was my "rock soul-mate".
A gentle soul at that and a wonderful human being, full of life, with a great sense of humor and always a good word for everyone.
After Refugee, Brian and I stayed in contact and a few years ago he told me he had found a "live" tape of a concert we had done in Newcastle City Hall in 1974.
This was a great find and a wonderful surprise for both Lee and myself.
I was astonished that this tape had been kept intact for so many years and after many discussions and try-outs,
this live concert was finally ready to be released on the Voiceprint Label, thanks to and because of Brian.
During the many rehearsals and the recordings of the "Refugee" album, and throughout our somewhat "short" touring career as a live band,
we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every piece of music we played together and every aspect of our lives together as part of “Refugee”.
I have extremely fond memories of Brian and I will miss him immensely.
May God Bless his precious Soul