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22Jun/093

More BC – Rough Diamond and David Byron

As we continue to remember Cleveland artist/photographer Brian Chalmers following his unfortunate passing over the weekend, a number of stories and memories have been shared via email, on Facebook, and on the phone.

Fans, friends, and family will have an opportunity to share more of those stories on Saturday morning from 11am until 1pm at a memorial for Brian Chalmers. Here are the details from John Gorman's site:

Updated details for the Brian Chalmers memorial:

Due to the overwhelming response of his passing the funeral home has to move the service to a larger facility. If you could help pass the word.

Brian Chalmers's memorial service is now going to be at North Royalton Christian Church 5100 Royalton Road, North Royalton OH 44133. Saturday June 27. Visitation will be from 11 am-1pm. The memorial service will begin at 1pm. Call the church number for any details 1-440-237-4531.

Brian's invaluable assistance to Cameron Crowe and Dreamworks during their work for Almost Famous wasn't an isolated incident - it was Brian being Brian, offering whatever assistance he could offer to whoever needed it. On that particular day, it happened to be Cameron Crowe's people on the phone.

On another day, we got a call at the radio station from a random Uriah Heep fan. If you know anything about Uriah Heep fans, they are VERY passionate about all things Heep.

And word had gotten around within the fanbase that WMMS had broadcast a 1977 Cleveland Agora concert by Rough Diamond, the short-lived project featuring former Uriah Heep vocalist David Byron. With very little known memorabilia in existence for the project, the Heep fans were very excited to find out that there was a possible radio broadcast recording that might exist of the concert.

At this time, I was usually the guy that got to field random phone calls, and when I got this particular call asking if we had a copy of the Rough Diamond concert, it was something I had no idea about, but I knew that if anyone would know, it would be Brian.

And this is so Brian - he had a cassette recording of the Rough Diamond broadcast, a copy of the interview they had done with Scene Magazine, and pictures of the gig. All these fans were hoping for was MAYBE a copy of the show, and they ended up with so much more.

I wanted to share this story, because it really illustrates what I was saying in my previous blog entry about Brian's trademark handwritten notes - How excited would you have been as a fan of a band to open a package and get such a nice note like this one?

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The group of Uriah Heep fans were ecstatic to say the least, and you can read their entire story via this link.

  • http://facebook.com/shannonssteele Shannon Steele

    Yes Matt, That is SO very Brian. Wish I had one of those handwritten notes or sketches to hold to my heart right now… it could sure use the company. Thanks for sharing, stories like this will keep Brian around forever, as it should be.

  • dave_white

    I was the “random Uriah Heep Fan” mentioned above.

    I just heard about Brian's passing 5 minutes ago searching on something on the net…I'm shocked saddened and so very sorry…he was such a good person.

    We spoke a number of times throughout the years and every once in a while I would get an e-mail from him or a packeage in the mail..a Uriah Heep poster, a letter, an article…

    He was one of those rare people…just a great guy who only wanted to be just that …

    I'll miss ya buddy…I hope you're rocking it up there,

    Dave White

  • dave_white

    I was the “random Uriah Heep Fan” mentioned above.

    I just heard about Brian's passing 5 minutes ago searching on something on the net…I'm shocked saddened and so very sorry…he was such a good person.

    We spoke a number of times throughout the years and every once in a while I would get an e-mail from him or a packeage in the mail..a Uriah Heep poster, a letter, an article…

    He was one of those rare people…just a great guy who only wanted to be just that …

    I'll miss ya buddy…I hope you're rocking it up there,

    Dave White

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