Our tour manager was a really good friend of Elliott’s

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“Our tour manager was a really good friend of Elliott’s and she brought him around to a few shows of ours when we were out in the Pacific Northwest and there was Elliott on the side of the stage grooving to our music, moving, bopping, pretty much dancing unabashedly throughout our set. The first of these shows he came to and danced on the side, he introduced himself to me and said he was a huge fan of our band and my drumming. He said on more than one occasion that I was one of his two favorite drummers, the other being Steven Drozd. Man, that was something else to hear from someone I admired so much. And he would follow that up with one of the reasons he loved our band was because it always made him wanna dance. It was both really touching and just funny coming from someone like Elliott. His honesty and brashness was something else.”

Russell Simins

The best moments I’ve shared with Elliott

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“The best moments I’ve shared with Elliott are seeing him smile when we were playing music together. When he knows it’s kicking in, and I’m behind the kit, and he’s playing bass or guitar, or we’re writing a song in the studio and he’s into the drums I’m playing, or he’s into the music, and he just looked at me and smiled. He wasn’t always in the best of ways, but when we’d lock eyes, he was feeling it and loving it.”

Russell Simins

He seemed to be doing really well lately

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He seemed to be doing really well lately. That’s why it’s really sad. We all had a hope that he was in a good way, or at least heading towards that. What we lost is someone who was really admirable as a person and as a star. There’s so much bullshit around, so many unhumble people who are all about the glitz and the glam and the bullshit. What we lost is a very, very, very, very truthful, truthful, honest star. I think both as a person and as a musician, as an artist. It’s really sad because he was just brutally, brutally honest. And very smart. And if you put the two together, it’s undeniably appealing.”

Russell Simins