Back in 2011 I visited Houston on business and had a chance to see my friend Brian Peet. I was amazed...once we did the math it appears that we had not seen each other for around 13 years. A lot of ground has been covered in 13 or so years, but Brian and I clicked in as if no time had passed. That's what happens when you have good friends - you just pick up where you left off.
I was immensely saddened to learn the news today that the world lost Brian on October 1st, 2015. I had often thought about inviting Brian out to the Bay Area - spring for his plane ticket and have him stay at my place where we could work on music and hang out.
I met Brian Peet sometime in the early 90's while working at the good guys!
Van Ness store. He was selling computers and I was the night manager. Not only was Brian a cool guy, but a fantastic musician. We instantly hit it off. Brian helped me get set up with my recording rig, recorded drums tracks for some of the songs on Rain Station's "Fancy Fancy" disc as well as vocals on some other tracks. Rain Station's only "live" line-up featured Brian Peet (drums), Tony Iuppa (bass), Jay Moores (vocals - acoustic guitar) and me (vocals - guitars). Brian and I produced some tracks here and there and had lots of fun doing it. Brian is one of those musicians that comes along only once every so often - great ideas, great ears, great talent. He continued to work on music with the same passion he had years ago. I received a couple CDs from Brian a few years ago and true to form the music is fantastic. I always felt that he should be a world famous musician - that everyone should hear the music he was creating.
Have a listen to some of the tracks I was fortunate to work on with Brian - his credits listed (beware - this list is long):
"Summer Home" - drums
"It's A Good Day" - drums, percussion, backing vocals, production
"Slice A Piece Of Heaven" - vocals
"The Place I Once Came From" - vocals
"Quiet Morning" - drums
"Widdershins" - drums
"Pimp Rock Superstar" - vocals
"International Monkey" - vocals
"Feelin' Sci-Fi" - keyboards, production
"Phate" - backing voals
It was great knowing Brian Peet. The world lost a truly amazing guy!