Rob Fried
9/8/06

At 6 AM this morning, our brother Rob Fried passed into a better life. A great and expressive light has gone out for us in the Max Creek family, as well as for the entire music community. We mourn his passing, and will miss him more than anyone could know. We are grievously aware that a part of us is gone forever, and that life for all of us will never ever be the same. We know that he is in a place where his pain and suffering are gone, where he is at peace, and that he is with the loved ones that he has talked so often about and has missed for so many years.
God bless you, Rob.




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What a wonderful celebration of Robs life! Very appropriate and moving! So great to see you all..sorry we had to leave:(
rox (me@work.)
Happy Birthdays!!, - Monday, September 25, 2006 at 11:18:40 (EDT) [66.202.35.214]
Angels beating all their wings in time, With smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eyes. Whoa, thought I heard on sigh for you, Come on up, come on up, now, come on up now. May the good Lord shine a light on you, Make every song you sing your favorite tune. May the good Lord shine a light on you, Warm like the evening sun....
[[[[ROB}}}}}
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 10:16:08 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
A very nice evening indeed. All the bands were superb. Not to mention that the officials of Simsbury, CT dubbed Sept. 24th officially Rob Fried Day. Was honored to be there. Also, very (((Happy Birthday wishes going out to Kyle))). whoooo hoooooo... 18!!! Little baby, eh?... hahahaha. Only in his mama's eyes. :)b
}:{
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 09:53:03 (EDT) [69.37.102.236]
a very nice tribute to Robs life in the Hartford Courant yesterday... http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-extralife0924.artsep24,0,5868644.story?coll=hc-headlines-life.........another tribute to Rob was Simsburys first selectman declaring 9/25/06 as Rob Fried Day! what i may remember most is downtown traffic in Simsbury on a Sunday. Ive been there over 30 years and never seen anything like it....the house was full ROB!
sweens
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 09:45:44 (EDT) [69.48.93.134]
when you end a memorial service with When the Saints go Marching In you know your celebrating ones life not dwelling on it. the word funeral should be changed to Celebration of Life and thats what yesterday was about.
sweens
nicejobburt&john!, - Monday, September 25, 2006 at 09:43:28 (EDT) [69.48.93.134]
that was a good memorial. definitely the most upbeat one i've been to. wish i coulda stayed for creek but had a long drive and the dog at home all day. Fryin' Bri.. did you get to tape the creek set?
PhunkyZen
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 08:33:05 (EDT) [68.0.200.144]
sounds like a beautiful service and gathering..wish I could have been there...Boris, that's great!...glad you enjoyed the show..
HB
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 07:08:32 (EDT) [69.207.96.29]
The guest drummer was Joe Montineri, master drum builder and close friend of Rob.
Dennis
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 02:41:44 (EDT) [67.189.173.214]

September 24
The Maple Tree Cafe
Simsbury, CT

Drums: Eamon Cronin

1 Set
You Write The Book*, Wild Side, Mystery Train, Chains Of Life--> Devil's Heart--> Late In The Evening

* guest drummer (name?)


Carl
- Monday, September 25, 2006 at 00:50:57 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]
they ended the beautiful service with " when the saints go marching in" horns and all, i could feel rob there , and i know he is at peace , with that big loveing smile on his face, drifting away on that rock and roll.....
*
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 23:53:06 (EDT) [24.151.25.228]
it was a full house, standing room only (((rob)))
BUZZ
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 23:40:18 (EDT) [24.151.25.228]
just go back from Rob's Memorial. I left befre Boris but I had the two hour drive. It was a beautiful service at the church, lots of memories of Rob and music from his friends. The Maple Tree gathering would have been just what he wanted, a great party, good food, good music, good beers and most importantly good friends. So many old friends seldom seen. Like they say, weddings and funerals. Say a prayer for Rob tonight and if you can, start it with "I remember Rob". Good night all.
OF
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 23:38:09 (EDT) [24.250.4.54]
I am sorry I could not be there for Rob today. I really wanted to "play" tribute to him. Every time we play a wildside without the whistle, or a rainbow intro without the thunderous toms, or countless other songs he added his special nuances to... I and all of you will think of him. For That is what I think he wants us to remember. In our minds we can hear his parts note for note and think of him. I think he will be listening, and I think it would make him smile.
Scott A.
Greensville, NC - Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 22:56:50 (EDT) [12.174.154.34]
Evening all . . . Just got home from the memorial and celebration. Unfortunately, I was stuck in Vermont till after 1, so I missed most of the service. What I was there for was beautiful and fitting. The celebration at the Maple Tree was really wonderful. A lot of old people came out of the woodwork to pay their respects and share a little music. Speaking of music, there was a short Creek set, with Eamon on Drums. To the best of my recollection: You Write the Book, Wild Side, Mystery Train, Chains of Life--Devil's Heart--Late in the Evening. Very tight, and seemed to channel some of the joy Rob used to exude at shows. But really, the important thing was that so many people came together to raise a glass and share good company. It was an honor to be there. Thanks to Max Creek and the Fried family for making this happen.
Boris
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 22:43:00 (EDT) [151.203.154.27]
♥ ((((( ♥ ROB ♥ ))))) ♥
jcmc (Ch@INS OF LIFE)
nice 2 meet u Boris, - Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 21:49:23 (EDT) [71.234.13.170]
Could not make it to the Rob memorial...but I have a candle lit in his honor today.....Rest well buddy.....
Bobby T
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 18:50:19 (EDT) [72.70.32.153]
i want to start over, with nothing...inside of my head...off to Rob's gig...peace...
Stretchy
- Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 13:51:28 (EDT) [64.252.34.45]
I couldn't be at the shows but I wanted to express to Rob that I'll miss him. He was a kind soul, always approachable and accessible. I first met him in the early 80's at shows. He was a genuine person who cared about people. Rob, to you I raise my glass and thank you for being you. I'll see you on the other side my friend. When I get there,I'll look you up, and I want you to teach me the art of carribean drums. Particularly the A.. B...A Fire on the Mountain jam.. I will be cool! Rest in peace my brother!
Jack Quinn (jqcp1@comcast.net)
Madison, Ct - Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 21:38:28 (EDT) [71.234.57.22]
the Jams had prominent Rob moments........ev'rything did,u could always hear him......just when u thought "hey where is he u'd hear a bell or sumthin'........ but i get the gist.......peaceout.....
TOMMy
- Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 15:53:18 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
gooood morning! errr afternoon! ha ha! sleepy head just woke up ~ last nights set was very beautiful (& rippin') & a very heartfelt tribute. the stars were shinin', the moon a glowing crescant, and the candles added a lovely, from the heart, ambience ... the dq set was SO fun ... the traffic we were all caught in, not so fun! ha ha!! hey b, when was that accident on 91? i musta just missed it! something kept telling me to go in the middle of the last song of dq ...
kel (indag@rdenofeden.honey)
great 2 C U all!!!!, - Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 14:36:00 (EDT) [68.226.87.40]
Hey toMmy, the idea behind playing greatest hits like Hard Love and Wild Side was that they always had pretty prominent Rob moments on them...
Carl
- Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 14:01:42 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]
So that's it....One set 4 Rob???.......hmmmmmmm.....and a Greatest Hits set at that???...i was thinkin' they was gonna break n tear n shred n swallow ......i was tearin' my heart out cuz i felt i shoulda been there...!.....besides 4 candles i think i remember Rob pretty well......!!.....go finga ay kiddos?.......listenin' 2 9-5-02 @ the Sting now with Rob smeared all ova it!!....good chit!!....Well,we'll pay him a tribute 2 remeba next sunday,4 the man is hanging all ova my pad!!.....and in my brain!.....payce!.....[[[[[[[ROB]]]]]
tOMMy
- Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 12:57:19 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
Hi, folks!! Ed (as in scoogy.com Ed)...if you are reading this, please email me at jwood_jw at yahoo dot com. I would like to get permission to use one of your photos to accompany a tribute piece on Rob Fried I'm publishing on jambands.com. Thank you kindly in advance. (((( ROB )))) Love & Hugs to y'all...and RIP, ROB!!!
JW
Boulder, CO US - Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 12:55:07 (EDT) [67.173.245.133]
sweens,the trade off was the traffic...took me from 5:30 till 6:10 to get from park st on 84 to the 91 exchange...then another cell by Northhampton...and another cell south of greenfield....I parked my car around 7;40ish at the event,thinking I missed half the show..and it turned out that Creek hadn't gone on yet,cuz the band ended up stuck in the same traffic.Costa didn't arrive till 7:10..x was the last to get there,some time after 8..It was nice to have the uninnterrupted set though.definite thanks again to the Worms and anyone else responsible for the 2 a.m. option,I'd have've said so in person but my mind was elsewhere.I enjoyed Poogie Bell,and DQ before fading out.It was cool to have Bob Bloom start the procession to the candle memorial,it gave some direction(and sitting in with DQ)..nice drum circle,very focused,the dancers were definitely entertaining..and the poi dancers with the fire was cool..creeks set was great.
Bfree
- Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 12:55:00 (EDT) [71.234.6.72]

September 15
Wormtown Garden of Eden
Camp Kee-wanee

Greenfield, MA

Drums: Greg Vasso
Dedicated to the memory of Rob Fried

1 Set
Fire & Brimstone--> Just A Rose--> Wild Side, Hard Love, Mama Are You Ready, In The Midnight Hour--> Well All Right, Free Born Man*, Road Of Dreams*, Drift Away#*, Chains Of Life*--> "I Remember Rob..."--> And We Bid You Goodnight*

* pedal steel: Gordon Stone
# lead vocals: Mark Mercier


Carl
- Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 02:05:48 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]
(((ROB)))
HR
FromMyHeart, - Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 01:27:08 (EDT) [71.98.189.58]

...Have a great time tonight guys...and be safe...
~ TaperJones ~
(((Rob))), - Friday, September 15, 2006 at 20:35:01 (EDT) [172.135.70.186]
Greenfield bound
jcmc ( M@X creek)
(((((ROB))))), - Friday, September 15, 2006 at 12:04:02 (EDT) [71.234.13.170]

I'm so saddened and sorry to hear the news of Rob Fried's passing. I never knew him very well, but he always made a point of giving me a warm and friendly hello when he saw me. It's so nice to read so many heartfelt stories about him and get a glimpse into the man behind the kit. I'm a bit of a guitarhead when listening to Creek, but often I could not help but take note of some accent, flourish or texture that Rob brought to the table. And of course there was always that unique look to the stage when it was setup with Rob's kit, that just had such an uncommon look to it and you knew that it could only be Creek. I remember a show about ten years ago when Creek played at a Drums Around The World festival and Rob led a huge drum circle. I scanned through the crowd of so many drummers, and then saw Rob, in the center, beaming in the sunlight with a look of euphoria on his face and I could tell that this was his music and these were the moments he strived for. Sometimes we feel that people and things will always be there for us, that there will always be another around the corner. Another show, another reunion, another chance. But life is fragile and we should not take it for granted. Rest in peace Rob!
Tony Masiello
- Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 13:38:40 (EDT) [192.216.27.32]
My deepest sympathy goes out to Rob's family and friends. He was truly a legend himself. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Katie Mae
- Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 11:36:34 (EDT) [24.147.129.116]
Losing my mind - still cannot find that incredible show with the monumental Silver Jack were Rob plays those timpani-type drums. They come in during the build up at the end... I'll trade my wife if anyone has a clue... ok, that's not fair ... I'll give you something worth having!!!
Ptchfork (Ptchfork@gmail.com)
Willowboard.com, - Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 11:24:42 (EDT) [72.229.194.42]
There's a really nice article on Rob posted here if you haven't seen it yet http://terrapin.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=314456
Al
- Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 09:33:35 (EDT) [24.60.221.233]
heres a link to the hartford courant website for Robs obituary. there is a guest book to sign as well. http://www.legacy.com/HartfordCourant/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=19202139
sweens
- Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 09:13:41 (EDT) [69.48.93.134]

thats wat rob ordered 4 me the first tyme...with the coconut milk soup....
*
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 22:46:15 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
kewl....in 1993 I went to Hartford to see the JGB.....got to my seats and was talking to the person next to me...I turned back around an Rob was sitting next to me...they put his seat right next to mine...I got to know Rob a bit...and he really liked that I knew who he was...the rest was history...I too know that smile
Bobby T
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 20:25:30 (EDT) [71.162.113.187]
I ended up taking my fam to a nice Thai place a couple blocks from my work...I remembered having a conversation with Rob about Thai food,and him mentioning Lemongrass in W Hartford,he loved the taste but it didn't agree with him hehe...he was so sensitive to the 'body language' of the band and the audience,and I enjoyed his intuitions when it came to the various textures and torque that he'd apply to his vibrations.I'd see him as the last one to know what song the band was going to play next,yet he'd be right there with the appropriate element to contribute,nuances of atmosphere to augment the rest of the band...the best parts of my trips as a kid were drums,(coming after a Field was best!)when a hot sweaty room would become an airtunnel after giving in to the rhythm vacuum Rob and DeGug would create..Louisiana Sun and Big Boat,mercilessly spanking the congas into submission..the girls all getting lala during Wildside..tickling the senses on Gypsy and Emerald..I recall when he first picked up that cool drum-pad with the memory banks,setting it up at Lupos,he really enjoyed getting to open up more,I think it was cool that the rest of the band let him experiment with the electronics.It really took Creek into another era,(like when Mmmark gave up the synth for a long time),even if the feedback was not always positive.('Blurry' 'Baba' and 'Do I Want You to Call' come to mind).He knew I had a hard time conversing,and always took the initiative to communicate with me.He'd come up beside me and say,"ut,bfree's here,it's gonna be a great show!"..I mean,even if he was just hamming me up,to even think to say something like that was just,cool..I remember the first time giving him video, at a LR show,it was from a Snow Barn weekend,he hadn't seen me cuz I was upstairs so he was so surprised,and he commented how he had very little material and he lit up like a kid about it,reminiscing about those shows.It felt good to be able to affect him that way,and I'll always remember his smile.:)
Brian
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 20:18:45 (EDT) [71.234.6.72]
SsWweeeeEtT I will be there.
js
- Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 19:23:00 (EDT) [24.218.187.226]
...Very nice guys...I wont be there in person, but I will be thinking of you...
~ TaperJones ~
(((Rob))) - Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 19:16:08 (EDT) [172.130.246.243]

This Friday night at the Garden of Eden Festival in Greenfield , MA , we in Max Creek will dedicate our portion of the show to Rob Fried. We will perform songs he was so prevalent on in his percussion playing, and songs that we feel reflect our feelings and thoughts about our 27 years with him in the Max Creek Family. Immediately following our performance we will have a candlelight memorial, after which there will be a drum circle in his honor and memory.

There will also be a memorial church service in celebration of his life on Sunday, September 24, at 3:00 in the afternoon, at First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury , CT. This is a large white colonial church on Route 10, near the center of town. The public is invited. Afterward there will be a gathering just down the street at the Maple Tree Restaurant, where Rob spent much time performing. There, we will get together to remember Rob with conversation and music, which was the way he loved to spend his time with his friends.
This was his wish of how we would memorialize him.

At all events we will be collecting donations for a scholarship fund, which will be established in his name. This will be used to help with music instruction for kids who otherwise might not be able to afford it. Please donate at the Wormtown booth this weekend, at the Maple Tree on the 24th, or speak with Mark Mercier at any time.

As we move on, let us in some way use his memory to help us live our lives as better human beings.




thanks, TaperJones, for posting the link to the forum of the day Rob died. i was doing okay until I started reading the posts from then. Now I'm all smiling and crying and laughing and sad. Typical appreciation of the life for a very un-typical guy. Ptchfrk, Rob was the enchantment that drew me into Creek too. Wish I had a cassette player to listen to these tapes Stretchy and Smiles made me a few years ago. Since I could really go for some Creek to fill the space left in my heart tonight.
HR
- Monday, September 11, 2006 at 23:30:47 (EDT) [71.98.189.58]
Rob is my most favorite percussionist, ever. I am blessed to have so many truly wondeful moments in the prayerful dance his hands~to~skins helped to infuse. gooood memories. Though he's only just left this plane, I have missed his presense off behind MMMmmmark for what feels like ages now. Blessings to all of those who loved him. Celebrate his life.
HR (spellbindingsherry@yahoo.com)
Tampa Bay area, Fl - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 23:09:22 (EDT) [71.98.189.58]
((((Rob)))
*
- Monday, September 11, 2006 at 22:54:57 (EDT) [24.60.221.233]
HEY EVERYONE...After seeing so many of you posting your comments and memories of Rob, I decided to archive the Forum...Its nothing fancy but it puts everyones thoughts alll together like in a photo album to look back at... Please note at times I ws having issues with my site as in being redirected, so if it happens, please be patient....I have them working on it and didn't want to wait to let you all know of the site...Heres to you Rob
http://www.ctcandlesnstuff.com/robfried

~ TaperJones ~
- Monday, September 11, 2006 at 20:46:56 (EDT) [172.148.242.71]
RIP Rob Fried...You were always friendly to me and my friends.
Stagger Lee (lmetaxas@cumberlandfarms.com)
Prvidence, RI USA - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 14:43:51 (EDT) [12.110.144.8]
wow... I popped in to say other things... May the four winds blow you safely home Rob... oddly, as I was unpacking last night a whistle came out of one of the boxes and I immediately was reminded of his signature blasts during Wild Side... a sad day in Creek History...
cfah
medford, ma - Monday, September 11, 2006 at 13:31:01 (EDT) [70.22.153.37]

Powerful show on a beautiful night last night . . . One moment that no one's mentioned yet: Die Easy and Drift Away were very heavy with emotion. After Drift Away, the band members raised their beers and drank a toast -- silently -- to Rob. Someone in the audience offered up a bottle of Jaegermeister, and swigs were taken. It was that kind of warm moment when grieving shifts into a celebration of someone's life. That spilled over into Wipe Out. All under a sky streaked with thick clouds and lit by a nearly full moon. Quite a moment. Glad I could be there.
Boris
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 19:56:29 (EDT) [70.109.225.23]
so sorry to hear about rob . my thoughts and prayers go out to all his family, friends and fans. i have had max creek streaming all day at the LMA. i think i will play a few creek songs in his memory this friday on the radio/internet eric www.lonestardeadradio.com
Eric Schwartz (eric@lonestardeadradio.com)
Dallas Frickin'Texas, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 19:27:02 (EDT) [70.247.161.75]
That was a really nice show last night. I Want to Die Easy and Drift Away were probably my most emotional moments at a Creek show. Really powerful. I had not seen a Carpet Ride or Trippin in a long time and Travel On and Wipe Out seemed to be spur of the moment songs that the band had tons of fun with. The end of Big River was hilarious with Mark and Scott and John singing a cappella and adding a few unique words of their own. All three of them were laughing so hard they had to step away from the microphone. During the show the night was overcast with the moon slipping in and out of the clouds and by the end of Trippin the sky was clear with the moon shing bright and stars overhead. A beautiful nightin may ways.
silver jack
Roch, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 13:16:31 (EDT) [24.169.128.250]
so Im at a bbq in simsbury last nite with a bunch of townies and it works out that a few of them went to highschool with rob and were sad to hear the news of course...im playing dj and i pick up a disc with 70's greatest hits and sure enough drift away was on it and we all toasted our glasses to Rob and sang along.
sweens
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 10:15:10 (EDT) [67.186.167.140]
words cannot express what that show meant to me...the band poured their hearts out with every word and jam...a most fitting tribute to Rob...Vasso sounded great...the fireworks going off during the set at times sounded like percussion...some dude kept yelling Gypsy Blue all through first set...when John went into it, I turned to the guy and said "here you go dude!"...he just kept yelling it until he heard the words....I hope this one goes up on archive for everyone..
HB
goodnight Rob, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 10:04:47 (EDT) [69.207.96.29]
give me the beat boys..........
*
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 09:36:53 (EDT) [24.151.25.228]
ptchfrk,those were midi timpanis I believe...Creek had that sound alot in the 80s-early 90s...not so much later.The 2-25-00 webster show Rob colored the drums segment with them,very nice,w/some tropical polyrhythms.Not digitized though,and I only have it on tape cuz I asked a taper for it shortly after.Ed would have something to give you,I got this sweet tape from '90 via Tommy with a drums sandwich.
Brian
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 08:15:37 (EDT) [71.234.6.72]
That "Drift Away" was a pretty important moment in Creek history. After the encore, John closed the show with "Goodnight Rob. Thanks for being here."
Carl
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 05:38:17 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]

September 9
Harvest Celebration
Stoney's Pineville Campground

Pulaski, NY

Drums: Greg Vasso

Set 1
Cruel World--> Mystery Train, Dark Water, Willow Tree, It Takes A Lot To Laugh,It Takes A Train To Cry, Gypsy Blue--> Magic Carpet Ride

Set 2
Folsom Prison Blues, Cocaine Lady--> I Want To Die Easy--> Drift Away*, Wipe Out--> Pissed Off--> Big River, You Let Me Down Again

Encore
Travel On--> Trippin'

* lead vocal: Mark Mercier


Carl
- Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 05:37:06 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]
PS - I'm thinking late 90s or 2000
Ptchfork
WillowBoard.com, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 01:20:20 (EDT) [72.229.194.42]
A Ceek show's been kicking in my mind all day - but DB.Etree.Org is down, so I've been thumbing through my collection with no luck... It's got a Silver Jack that is monumental, but the big thing is the drums Rob plays are this real sharp sound ones - almost like orchestral drums... anyone?
Ptchfork
WillowBoard.com, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 01:18:57 (EDT) [72.229.194.42]

From the first time i heard rob i wanted to pick up a drum and be just like him, over the past 10 years ive been driving at it and really enjoying this new gift. ive since had 2 boys 4yrs, & 18 months, and we jam all the time(it's amazing how many smiles my family and i have shared just from the inspiration rob had lit inside me. So im saying thank you rob for this wonderful gift that is everlasting!!
TimK (kel6703@yahoo.com)
Berkley , ma usa - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 22:20:28 (EDT) [24.63.213.220]
♥ MmmaxXx Creek ♥
♥ (♥ @ ♥)
♥ ((((((, ROB )))))) ♥ - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 21:47:02 (EDT) [71.234.13.170]
amazingly, of the 6 performances of Drift Away only the first 12-10-88 is available on the archive. I gave it a listen, you all should too. Here is the link. 12/10/88
OF
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 18:42:26 (EDT) [24.250.4.54]
Fare thee well my friend
*
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 18:37:23 (EDT) [24.92.173.209]
I was just at the grocery store, I was on the phone with my wife and I realized that the store pa was playing Drift Away. I said to her, Rob sang that song. I Checked Tapers list and he played it 6 times in fact. Half of them at camp. I remember the first time at the Agora. Most of you probably don't know this but Rob learned that song to sing at a wedding. It was a little rough at first but I thought it really came together one time at camp with the two girl backup singers. It gave Rob a chance to come out front and let people see and hear him. It makes me very sad when I think that that will never happen again. I will mourn the passing of my dear friend. He touched so many of us in his time. May he truely rest in peace and in our hearts. Greg Logan
OF
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 18:01:45 (EDT) [24.250.4.54]
We ae going to Purgatory Chasm to celebrate the life of Rob tomarrow...to Drum and gather...I am thinking around 2:00 or so...feel free to call or write me if ya need to...Stretchy you have e-mail and COME OUT ED...and make sure PeSt knows...
Bobby T
((((Rob)))), - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 17:56:23 (EDT) [71.162.113.187]
I have been grooving to the sounds of the Creek for 27 years now, and though I really don't participate in this forum much, and family and job responsibilities keep me from attending as many shows as I would like these days, I just wanted to stop by and extend my condolences to the Max Creek family. Rob was a sweetheart, always nice to chat with, and of course was a groove master back behind the kit with all his bells and whistles. Rest in peace soul brother. Heartfelt condolences to Max Creek, Rob's family and friend's. Death Don't Have No Mercy, indeed. Peace~ SC
SC (scook011@cox.net)
G-bury, CT - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 16:00:36 (EDT) [68.9.95.223]
So long my friend....if anyone would like to get together tomarrow and drum in honor of Rob.....please drop us an e-mail creekhead2000 at yahoo dot com
Bobby T
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 11:55:45 (EDT) [71.162.113.187]
Welp I wasn't gonna go tonight 'cause of money issues but now I am defly gonna be there. A Very sad feelin indeed and I think being with Creek and Family will really help. SeeYaThere!
creekhed
GiveMetheBeatBoys&So, oth MySoul... - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 10:22:58 (EDT) [206.148.13.102]
first a hole in the music,now a hole in your hearts! we all do and will miss you! may you rest in peace. thank you Rob and thank you max creek
ffsteve (ffsteve@rochester.rr.com)
rochester, - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 09:59:00 (EDT) [74.67.163.35]
"a show not to be missed"
HB
tonight, - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 09:47:51 (EDT) [69.207.96.29]
Rob was always the first to offer a hug and a smile... I remember one day Jen and I were driving nowhere in particular and ended up in his neighborhood and decided to drop in. We talked for hours... Strange memories coming to light. He gave me one of those egg shakers that day to give to my son... A few years later he moved up to a drum set compliments of Rob...
murray
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 09:16:37 (EDT) [69.182.11.70]
I'll be playing a tribute to Rob in the form of a long drum jam from 5/15/03 Living Room on Jam N' Toast this morning...look for it around the middle of the 10:00am hour. www.weqx.com streaming or 102.7 FM in So. VT, Western and upstate NY, and NH.
Ben
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 09:08:28 (EDT) [207.136.203.114]
Lots of Creek on today... no else in the office so I can blast it... Miss ya Rob...
Ptch
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 08:14:21 (EDT) [198.240.130.75]
Whenever we crossed paths, Rob always greeted me with a big grin and a hug. A few years ago, he offered me some very insightful and gracious words when I really needed it. Those words have stayed with me and will be with me forever. Thank you Rob. All my love and condolences to The Band and family
Rev
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 08:03:57 (EDT) [205.231.148.215]
I'm so sad right now ... I just can't fully express... Rob was what made me first fall in love with Max Creek. I was so happy to have seen him live a few times. One night they played in CT and I was there. After the show I met Rob, and I told him I counted eight arms during Something is Forming. He laughed and told me he only had two. He was such an amazing talent. I'll be blasting Creek all weekend... Rest in Peace Rob.... that band in heaven just got that much sweeter...
Ptchfork (Ptchfork@gmail.com)
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 08:00:25 (EDT) [198.240.130.75]
Nor, I was thinking of you just the other day........wavy, well, hell-yeah, it sure looks like you're having fuun! uh, i'd say anytime i look over and see you in the peripheral, fun is right there. yep. meanwhile, having just a bit of time to reflect on Rob being gone......man. we've benn missing him for a good couple yeas, and as permanent as that might've been.....wellllll
john (jshep@yahoo)
be here, now - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 04:23:58 (EDT) [24.225.168.180]
So Many funny stories today. It's great when people remember the fun parts and not the sadness. I hope when I hit the gates the only question they ask is "Did you have fun?" If I didn't have fun it sure the hell looked like it.
Wave (Nevada@soon.edu)
10am flight? too , so on - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 02:20:48 (EDT) [71.234.142.104]
wow ... damn it ... I loved that man ... had CC01 on TODAY and I heard Old Friends ... how apropoe ... Godspeed .....
jeff
- Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 02:12:32 (EDT) [24.195.158.121]
Rob came up to me once and told me that every time he see's me I look more and more like Derek Trucks. I told him to keep walking. Rob you are a legend and you will be missed.
Epps (darrell@trucksalot)
Feeding Hills, - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 01:26:35 (EDT) [24.63.11.5]
There is sadness when one of us leaves this space we call home. Rob, as many have said, you were always welcoming, inviting and humble. I'll see you on the other side my friend.........hold a place in the drum circle for me.. your friend always Jack
Jack Quinn (jqcp1@comcast.net)
Madison, Ct - Saturday, September 09, 2006 at 00:28:39 (EDT) [71.234.57.22]

"the strangest thing happened tonight. I was listening to music in my dorm room and in between songs I heard a train in the distance. I had never heard one before the whole time I have been here and it sounded just like they do at home. I guess the night is the night no matter where you are. It would be nice though to have it be the same people no matter where you were too." My son wrote these words some time ago and they somehow seem appropriate.
Silver Jack
Roch, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 23:49:17 (EDT) [24.169.128.250]
Summer, 1980,...partying to the wee hours of the morning upstairs at the old Inn Place in Simsbury. Figuring that my ride had long left without me, I asked this guy I sorta knew for a ride home. We realized we had close family friends in common and talked for awhile in my parents driveway...we remained friends for 26 years. Mark, Rob and I took many long rides to gigs together in the earlier years-talked about life, and told lots of jokes- 1987- My wedding day- Mark and Rob arrive at the church late- just as I was about to walk down the aisle with my Dad- so as a result, they became the "extra bridesmaids" walking down the aisle after Linda, and right before me and Dad...lol... 1998-Rob was so thrilled to have my daughter and I come over and pick out some drum sticks, a pad, and a wooden egg shaker, for Bridget to use in the band at school:) She was amazed with the little percussion shop in the garage, and could have stayed there "playing" all day!!-- Sometime in the 90's at a party in Granby, Rob walks in with this old half rusted anvil briefcase, and walks up to me, and says "Here Nor- I think this is yours- it's been at my house for like 15 years" I couldn't believe it- when I opened it- there was still money in it, and everything was just as I left it the last night I used it at the Agora in 1986!! Amazing. Thank You for the ride home Rob, I'll never forget you my dear old friend, or that VW Bus. ( Which by the way, broke down in my parents driveway;) Peace to all of your hearts tonight- He is free now- His soul is soaring.
Noreen (memories@throughouttheyears)
Milford, CT - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 23:37:35 (EDT) [67.86.141.161]
We all have Rough spots in time and life...... But Friend ship and Family last long term. I think For us to be able to Call Max creek Members and crew past and present Friends.And to Feel the loss so hard. is Pain full! especially when so young in life .For me i loved working on stage for ROB's toys and the band. And can remember from time to time the little thing that just make me Laugh ....all the fun times i went throw with them all and to be able to know him and his artistry............... Rest my freind.......and.. ITS All set i taped IT down.
Kent .... 1983 to ? (timklip@hotmail.com)
Ft Myers, Fl - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 23:08:43 (EDT) [4.235.199.237]
Rob loved to play! I'm sure he is playing somewhere right now. Whenever I talked to him, it was about the drums or Chris Tofield(no one has ever done a better impersonation of Tofield than him!)...He truely loved the drum. I respect that a lot!
Chang
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 23:02:13 (EDT) [75.9.134.139]
I started going to Creek when Rob was also on tour with Greg Piccolo. Some nights he was there, some he was away, and being casual fans we never knew which it would be. It was always a disappointment to walk into Woody's and see that big bear statue where his rig should have been.
Carl
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 22:50:55 (EDT) [69.37.127.72]
I'm so sad right now ... I just can't fully express... Rob was what made me first fall in love with Max Creek. I was so happy to have seen him live a few times. One night they played in CT and I was there. After the show I met Rob, and I told him I counted eight arms during Something is Forming. He laughed and told me he only had two. He was such an amazing talent. I'll be blasting Creek all weekend... Rest in Peace Rob.... that band in heaven just got that much sweeter...
Ptchfork (Ptchfork@gmail.com)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 22:41:15 (EDT) [198.240.130.75]
this totally sucks.....2 many fond memories over 20 years 2 pic 1 or 2....i rememba in 95 when Rob was a part tyma in the band,i'd ask him ahead of tyme if he was gonna be at the next show,and if he was not i'd stay home.....i really had a love 4 him.....jussss as i do 4 everybody else in the band!!.....i'm sad....
* (erotic@jesus)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 22:29:49 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
I hope Rob finds the peace he has been searching for!! It is a huge loss for all of us! I'll remember all the great moments and I'll truely miss Brother Rob! Carry on Max Creek and we'll love you for it!
Smudge (smudgealot@msn.com)
Boulder , CO - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 22:00:49 (EDT) [67.40.157.13]
My first couple of Creek shows, I would wander up to the stage before the show and marvel at the setup that Rob had. He added so much texture....the only time I actually talked to Rob was while waiting in line for the port-o-john at Deadhead Heaven in Purchase, NY. I was stunned when he turned to me and said that he recognized me from a bunch of shows, mainly Rochester. That moment of accessibility struck a chord with me. When I first saw him sing Drift away I felt like I was a part of a special, unique moment. I'll miss you Rob.
bob
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 21:48:54 (EDT) [24.59.127.4]
I can still hear Rob doing his Pacino "Scarface" routine on the tour bus... And guess what's on AMC right now? Timing is everything.
mm
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 21:22:06 (EDT) [66.59.117.185]
Wasn't always a smooth road, but we always stayed it as we could. No more pain. Peace Rob.
mm
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 21:16:12 (EDT) [66.59.117.185]
Peace Rob, we're missing you.
Steve (tinasteve@sbcglobal.net)
NB, CT - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 20:47:41 (EDT) [69.0.40.50]
sigh
tommy
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 20:39:30 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
Such sad news. Rob was by far one of the most inspired and original percussionists ever…
jain
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 20:04:25 (EDT) [128.119.236.129]
that sucks!!!!!!
tommy
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 19:56:07 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
i only knew rob thru john and thru the drum set he sold my son but he always had a big smile and a hello. my son always said what a cool guy he was... rest easy rob and i know you will be jamming with some great musicians in heaven
sweens
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 19:19:18 (EDT) [67.186.167.140]
I was very lucky to be a part time roadie for Creek from 1988-1992.The full time guys were Scott Sawyer and Lenny.One of my jobs was to help Lenny put Rob's gigantic percusion set-up togethere.Sometimes for fun we would leave a cowbell or a woodblock in the case and see if he would notice.Sure enough he always did. Rob was a great person,he was always had a smile and a handshake every time you saw him. I will most remember how he always thanked Lenny,Scott Sawyer and myself after every show for working so hard. I am lucky and honored to have known him and to have called him a friend.
joe ryan (joemax1@comcast.net)
Holliston, ma - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 19:12:58 (EDT) [24.62.43.15]
~*~Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.. ~Author Unknown
Butterfly
(((((((RIP ROB)))))), - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:45:32 (EDT) [71.234.236.179]
ROB- Thanks for the magic.
Picasso
Smithfield, RI USA - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:44:28 (EDT) [68.226.85.129]
I will miss Rob very much.... I'll never forget the marshmellows. R.I.P.Friend Dan
Dan (creekfreek4202004@yahoo.com)
naugatuck, ct USA - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:33:28 (EDT) [75.11.8.168]
wow...I am devastated...I was just listening to that 5/16/90 show on the way home from work and thinking about how I missed Rob's touch...Rob was the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet...thanks for the magic that you gave to all of us for so long...
HB
rest in peace, Rob, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:29:46 (EDT) [69.207.96.29]
R.I.P (ROB)You will always be in our lives!
Bill and Heather
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:22:59 (EDT) [72.225.55.151]
In 1978...I was going to every gig to the point where the band used to save me the front table...at the end of the night I would help Archer and Roger pack up the truck...Realizing the band needed another roadie, they all agreed that I was at ever gig anyways...and I never dropped anything...lol...I was hired ...Thinking I was going to be scotty's set-up man, (which I set up anyways just so I could play his guitar)...I was handed a pair of "pliars" and a roll of "Ductape"...and was redirected over to the corner where piled was 1,284,573 suitcases of various shapes and sizes...(and condition)...all containing Rob Frieds Percussion Section...
~ Take Care Rob Fried... I had a blast being your set-up man ~

~ TaperJones ~
1978 - 1983, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 18:10:36 (EDT) [172.163.9.191]
{{Rob & family}}
poozi
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:54:23 (EDT) [24.59.80.179]
Rest peacefully Rob...I am sure there is much beauty ahead of you.
Nikki
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:36:46 (EDT) [71.123.124.92]
(((Rob))) Sad news indeed....
john (jshep@yahoo)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:28:41 (EDT) [24.225.168.180]
from my first Creek gig till my most recent Dr Juice gig with Rob, he never ceased to amaze me with his ability to add so much to the band he was with. Never did get to spend too much time in his presence offstage, but I fondly recall a great roundtable conversation at setbreak of a Dr. Juice show early in 2003 at The Little City Cafe, with myself, Julee, Mike Rau, and Rob. One of the nicest folks I've had the pleasure of meeting...my condolences to those close to him...let the music run wild through the night...and let ROb live on both spiritually and digitally.
Marksman
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:25:19 (EDT) [69.183.231.2]
Su Buck just messaged me the news about Rob. What a huge space his passing leaves in both the music and our community. One of the main things I come to Creek for is an elusive quality increasingly rare in these times: Musical complexity and nuance that supports rather than distracts from the song being played. Rob's touch was often the perfect final touch in this group manifested ability. Max Creek is a peoples band. Out of a crew who are true friends to their fans Rob was THE man of the people. RIP my brother. I will miss you. ~mikio
mikio (mikio@hvi.net)
new paltz, NY USA - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:24:24 (EDT) [69.86.255.156]
that was at Water street I think chele...a vivid memory for me as well...
creekhed
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:11:08 (EDT) [206.148.12.170]
one of my favorite rob memories was from a show i think at revolution hall a few years back...rob's percussion stand started collapsing mid show and rob just kept on playing while mike scrambled around to set it up...rob never did stop playing...for some reason it struck me as a spinal tap type momentt
chele
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:05:53 (EDT) [24.169.122.173]
Carl, will i be seeing you tomorrow?
chele
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 17:00:03 (EDT) [24.169.122.173]
someone please tape the show tomorrow and share it. i can't make it because i've got a cousins wedding to go to but i wish i could just skip that and go to creek.
PhunkyZen
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:58:34 (EDT) [68.0.200.144]
A few hours ago I finally found a Max Creek vinyl record in a shop in Brattleboro, VT. I bought Windows for 20 dollars. I went back to my car, and realized I had forgotten my Nalgene with the blue Max Creek sticker on it; I must have left it back in the record shop. As I was getting ready to head back to retrieve it, I saw a text message from PZ stating that Rob was gone. Well, his rhythm rolls on...
Ben
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:46:09 (EDT) [209.198.101.2]
LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF ((((((ROB FRIED)))))) WE ALL WILL MISS YOU GREATLY.
jay
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:29:25 (EDT) [24.218.172.44]
rob
Jason Myette (rarepicks@hotmail)
Hanson, ma usa - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:25:59 (EDT) [24.218.172.44]
I think MMMark doing "Drift Away" tomorrow at Stoneys would be very approiate. I feel this will be a show not to miss, so just changed plans and got the room booked in Pulaski.
Pickle
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:25:20 (EDT) [64.65.241.134]
as i walked along on this beautiful day, my thoughts about rob flowed into the feeling of utter peace & solace engulfing his soul, which warmed my heart & made me smile ...
kel (apartof@everything)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:14:24 (EDT) [192.216.27.32]
Ed, I wasn't complaining about Thoms dancing he's been whining about mine, but I think we were just breaking balls. I've been doing this for 16 years now on the reg. dancing all the way. By the way thanx again for the disks they sound great.
jcmc ( D@NCE)
(((((ROB))))), tweeties + tinkles - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:13:56 (EDT) [71.234.13.170]
i remember one dark clear night at camp creek , curlyQ , TM , rob and myself walking around in the campgrounds looking up at the stars , rob says " my friend over here has a killer telescope , and he will not mind if we use it" we get to the car and its locked , so rob sticks his hand in the half open window and starts fumbling around for the lock, just then the car alarm goes off and rob has his arm stuck somewhere in between the seat and the door , after some stuggling we get him free and all say at the same time " lets get the fuck outa here" all four of us run away laughing so hard one by one we fall to the ground and look at the stars that way, the stars that night are printed on my mind forever
BUZZ
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:11:49 (EDT) [24.151.25.228]
(((((Rob Fried))))) You will be deeply missed many lives were touched and influenced by you and your music.
jcmc (((((M@XCREEK)))))
Circle Be Unbroken, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:08:56 (EDT) [71.234.13.170]
May the blessings of love be upon you ~May its peace abide with you ~May its essence illuminate your heart ~Now and forever more.... {{{Rob & family}}
Amp
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:00:37 (EDT) [63.144.137.250]
RIP Rob, those rain sticks and twinkling bells really tripped my ass out on many an occasion! And there you will dwell, in my heart of hearts, as your spirit never dies and all of our loved ones are there, too. While it is sad to hear vaguely that you suffered Rob, it is a great and honorable accomplishment for a soul to pass into the light. No longer will you thirst for The source, it is all around you. Happy travels!
Scott
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 16:00:16 (EDT) [24.196.236.226]
rip rob...i am so saddened to hear this news...rob was never anything but nice and friendly to me...i enjoyed many a meal and many a laughter filled "ray off" with rob...i continue to miss all that he added to the music, certain touches and sounds that are noticeably absent...glad to hear the suffering is over...thanks for the joy that you've given me...
chele
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:53:53 (EDT) [24.169.122.173]
nice, Carl. That pic is from UConn homecoming, Saturday September 8, 1990. http://max.creek.com/mc900908A.html
ed
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:48:45 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]

Carl
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:45:55 (EDT) [69.177.44.233]
now that's an old picture ed. where and when?
OF
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:43:58 (EDT) [64.223.11.114]
A Pic of Rob@Scoogy.com
ed
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:41:44 (EDT) [66.189.78.86]
My favorite Rob memory goes back to a show at Bucksteep. I had my pair of congas set up on a stand in a grassy parking area. Me and random freaks were just banging out in a drum circle when Rob comes walking by. He asks if he can play my drums and proceeds to make them sing! Then he says "you should really tune those up..." Wonder what he would have done if they were in good shape...I remember him as a kind, approachable guy with a great deal of talent. I'll be listening to my old tapes tonight...especially his bird chirps on the intro to "Field". Think good thoughts folks.
Hat
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:39:33 (EDT) [70.89.5.253]
My last memory of Rob is from Tammany Hall on a night when John wasn't playing (Justin Kolack filled in). Right before they went on, Greg Vasso started singing "Wild Side" and improving an arrangement that he would later close the first set with. I remember all five musicians sharing a big smile before moving onto the stage. Listen to that show - it was magic.
Jim Fay (jimfay42667@verizon.net)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:28:11 (EDT) [70.19.222.168]
(((((((((((((((((ROB))))))))))))))))))))
jm
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:27:10 (EDT) [199.192.1.54]
Rest in Peace Rob!
Pete Scheips
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:20:48 (EDT) [67.186.164.41]
RIP Rob. You inspired so many. Rest easy brother, free of pain. We'll all see you in the next world. ...
Rob's Last show
PhunkyZen
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:07:08 (EDT) [68.0.200.144]
There's a man who knows the way To take you to his palace in the sky If you are one and you are chosen He will teach you how to fly When you see the Earthbound colors Will you hold your own or will you fall? There are men who know the stories Fewer men know them all ...RIP Rob...
Jane and Jerry (littlearthq8kes4@comcast.net)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:02:30 (EDT) [71.224.23.44]
Rest Peacefully Rob. You live on in the hearts of those who remember.
dm
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:53:12 (EDT) [67.154.253.18]
RIP Rob
tr
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:49:22 (EDT) [161.242.10.254]
((((((((RIP BROTHER ROB)))))))))))
creekhed
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:36:29 (EDT) [74.67.156.56]
Rob’s moods were like the weather, you never knew what you’d get and it was constantly changing. He was deeply troubled by world events and seemed to take it personally. On the outside he could be an ornery, difficult SOB, but on the inside he was a warm, gentle soul who would do anything for a friend. I’m glad that he won’t have to suffer anymore. Rest In Peace Rob.
sk
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:26:31 (EDT) [216.163.247.2]
Rest in Peace Rob...you will truly be missed..I will miss your cowbell & whistle.
rox (tinavarner@hotmail.com)
Palmer, Ma usa - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:26:17 (EDT) [66.202.35.214]
I would have to say one of the memories I remember most about Rob is driving home after a Wetlands gig (I bet SK will agree on this and tell you the date). I was doing lights that night and had driven the rental down with Rob filled with his gear. After the show, we are driving home (mind you, after load out, it was probably 4am or later). We get in the Excursion, and within minutes, Rob is snoring in the back. I had SK as my co-pilot (never do that) and we are heading up the Henry Hudson Parkway (mind you, both SK and I have "altered" minds). All of a sudden, I see headlights that look to be on my side of the highway. Ummmm, yes, headlights coming at us about 80mph while we are doine 80. Somehow, we swerved around him and SK and I are just freaking out. Rob wakes up and says "What is going on"..we explained how we almost took one head-on. He goes "oh" (like no big deal)...then right back to snoring within a minute.
Pickle
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:21:50 (EDT) [64.65.241.134]
Safe travels Rob. May all your roads be smooth and the sun find your face. I was riding high today being the start of my Vacation and Anniversary. So sad to see Rob has left the building. Thanks for the music Rob!
Wavy Davy
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:21:13 (EDT) [71.234.142.104]
I wanted to send you all my deepest condolances as I know many of you were very close to Rob these last and many years of his life. You shared many of his finest moments as a musician and as a man. His music lives on as does his memory. We love you and miss you Rob!!! Rest in peace, brother. Jeff P
Jeff Pevar (thepeev@aol.com)
Ashland, OR - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:20:58 (EDT) [71.235.242.154]
He was So apart of this band. The first introduction I had with any band member was with Rob. There was a large contingent from town (Lot’s of Ghosts Lot’s of Houses) that used to go see shows. Our criteria was if it’s in New England then we can make the show. It will never be forgotten; the first show that we went to that week was a Friday night in New Haven, that went well, got there; rocked and made the 2 ½ hour drive back home safe and sound. Worked on Saturday and then made our way to Hartford for the show Saturday night. While waiting for a drink at the back bar at the Agora in-between sets Rob walks up to get a beverage. I took the opportunity to tell the Bar Tender that I wanted to buy this guy his drink as a way of saying thank you. Rob came over to say thank you and ask my name. He asked where I was from and when I told him just outside of Boston, he asked if I had friends in Connecticut, not really I replied. “Didn’t I see you in New Have last night?” he asked. When I told him yes, he asked if we drove home after the previous nights show. Not only drove home but worked a full day in the “Sauce Mines” to boot… He asked if we had to drive home after the show, we didn’t, and he said if we wanted to me and my girlfriend could spend the night and drive home the next day. We did not take him up on that night, but many a night after shows when we didn’t have to make the drive back we took him up on his very kind offer. He had the coolest drum room, it was most of his basement and it had everything from kettle drums to pot’s & pan’s… Another great memory was of a gig that wasn’t. Some students from Mt. Holyoke College had mad arrangements with the school administration to use there outdoor amphitheater for a “Wedding Reception” Well when campus security so all of the Nice Folks arriving on campus for the “Wedding Reception” they determined that there was a fine line between a “Wedding Reception” and a concert and put the cab~ash on the whole event. As people were milling around wondering what to do next, Rob invited many of us that were there back to his place for an impromptu party at his place. About 30 or so folks made the drive over, we enjoyed some pizza and his Zen Koi Fish Garden. I dug that garden so much that when we moved into our home I built one complete with a waterfall and Koi of our own. It’s always been just referred to as the pond, this weekend I am going to dedicate it as the Rob Fried Memorial Zen Garden. Thanks for the joy that you've given me I want you to know I believe in your song Rhythm and rhyme and harmony You help me along makin' me strong
HoWord Peaceful (Amazing@Grace.com)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:05:07 (EDT) [66.160.36.66]
Rob was my personal musical inspiration. In 1988 I first saw Max Creek I went out and bought my first set of hand drums. Without Rob I would be unable to play any musical instrument. That is a true gift, that spark to persevere and locking oneself in a room for hours a day for months to learn to create, because I wanted to sound just like Rob. I may never be the great drummer he was, but I can never repay the joy he has given me, both through the wonder and amazement of hearing him play, and the fact I can pound out a nifty rhythm or two myself, all because of Rob. Day after day I'm more confused So I look for the light in the pouring rain You know that's a game that I hate to lose I'm feelin' the strain, ain't it a shame Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away Beginning to think that I'm wastin' time I don't understand the things I do The world outside looks so unkind I'm countin' on you to carry me through And when my mind is free You know a melody can move me And when I'm feelin' blue The guitar's comin' through to soothe me Thanks for the joy that you've given me I want you to know I believe in your song Rhythm and rhyme and harmony You help me along makin' me strong
Arglebargle
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 14:04:50 (EDT) [24.60.221.233]
A Pic of Rob@Scoogy.com
I'm going home, no more 2 roam
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:53:12 (EDT) [141.154.159.56]
RIP Rob. See Y'all in a week. Be good. ~"The Mike"
"The Mike" (SeeYou@GardonofEdennextweekend)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:47:36 (EDT) [64.69.127.115]
♥ (((RIP))) Rob. You will be in our hearts and memories forever. Thank You! ♥
Crosses
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:38:01 (EDT) [70.90.102.38]
A very sad day. Rob...you will be missed. May you rest in peace my friend.
sheliah
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:35:28 (EDT) [206.148.12.23]
RIP (((Rob))) "Perhaps they are not the stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."..inspired by and eskimo legend
smiles&stretchy
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:31:52 (EDT) [64.252.33.88]
I am very sad to hear this.You were truly a descent guy who would do what you could to help others.Sometimes the weight of your world would be dispensed on to others,but hey,who doesn't that happen to.Thank you for all the thoughtful,pragmatic gifts at the Holiday shows;the dirty jokes; the Tony Clifton impressions;and last but not least,for leaving the TV on in the hotel rooms at all times.as much as you would contest,you will be missed !!!!
kevo
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:28:51 (EDT) [70.188.181.161]
One of the good ones. Thanks Rob.
Tans
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:26:09 (EDT) [75.6.11.187]
do not stand at my grave and weep, i am not there, i do not sleep. i am a thousand winds that blow, i am the diamond glints on snow. i am the sunlight on ripened grain, i am the gentle autumn rain. when you awaken in the morning's hush, i am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. i am the soft stars that shine at night. do not stand at my grave and cry. i am not there. i did not die.
sp@cey (etern@llybeing.)
nevertireofthisone, : ) - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:24:38 (EDT) [68.14.83.250]
RIP Rob.
andy
nyc - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:18:15 (EDT) [69.113.163.218]
ROB ! peace to you brother..... drink the stars is being played LOUD at rivendell
BUZZ
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:17:15 (EDT) [24.151.25.228]
Oh my God, Rob is gone? I can't believe it. Are there details available someplace? Services etc? On a side note, my birthday isn't till the 18th. Close but no cigar. :(
OF
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:14:37 (EDT) [64.223.11.114]
Rest in Peace, Rob~ Wishing you Peace and Happiness on the other side
stiney
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:09:12 (EDT) [155.212.128.157]
Rest in peace, Rob.
Boris
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:07:28 (EDT) [151.203.162.72]
rest in peace brother Rob. forever love congas gongs rainstick chimes. when I hear a bird's song I think of Rob gliding through the transitive pathways of eternity.
bob (rjh52@cornell.edu)
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 13:07:17 (EDT) [128.84.201.65]
Wow..... not what you want to see when you log on. Very unfortunate what Rob had to deal with in terms of his health issues. I'm glad he does'nt have to deal with any of that now. He was one of the friendliest guys I saw every other month or so. Always made it a point to shake my hand and say hello, with sincerity. RIP.
JARdale
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:57:51 (EDT) [216.54.187.180]
(((rob))).... one love, one blood, one life......
christine
carryeachother, - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:56:18 (EDT) [68.14.20.86]
RIP, Rob! Thank you for all the music, all the good times and your spirit! You and your family are in my thoughts this weekend.
JW
Boulder, CO USA - Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:56:00 (EDT) [155.70.39.45]
Gone but not forgotten. Sad to see you go, Rob.
Carl
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:52:20 (EDT) [69.177.44.233]
When the mountain touches the valley, all the clouds are taught to fly, as our souls will leave this land most peacefully. Though our minds be filled with questions, in our hearts we'll understand, when the river meets the sea. Rest in peace Rob, you're home. With love,
Merry
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:49:41 (EDT) [24.60.221.233]
RIP my brother.
Pickle and Eileen
- Friday, September 08, 2006 at 12:39:50 (EDT) [64.65.241.134]


"Goodnight Rob...Thanks for being here"
John Rider