I’ve heard the sad news from a few industry folks over the past few days that Robert “Jock” Bain had passed away. Tony Wilde has written a short piece in tribute.
“Jock started off working for bands in Melbourne with acts such as The Ferrets in the late 70’s. Thru the 80’s he did many miles with Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons as their monitor engineer and worked on many tours with many bands.
Eventually he headed overseas and worked for many acts touring England and Europe, many of them for the large production company Britannia Row, where he was much respected as a sound engineer and equally well liked as a great bloke.
After many years he started to spend time back in Australia, doing a lot of work for Johnston Audio Services. In 2009 he was Chief System Engineer on the huge “Sound Relief” bushfire benefit concert at the MCG with a record paying crowd of 82,000. To get an idea of the size of this event and Jock’s responsibility, please see:
He was very well read, intelligent and knowledgeable, always up for an interesting chat on a huge range of subjects, which makes it so sad to lose him this way so soon. Those of us who knew him for 30 years will miss him just as much as the younger guys in the biz who valued the time he happily spent teaching them the craft.
He is survived by his mother, sister Ruth and son Harry, who our hearts go out to.
A service will be held at Le Pine Funerals, Carlisle st. St. Kilda, Thursday 21st April 2011 at 10am.
A wake will follow at the Esplanade Hotel St. Kilda.
Jock’s funeral service will be streamed and can be viewed here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/robert-jock-bain-rip