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Rockin Dave passed away on 1 May 2016 after a period of illness. He was an extraordinary character and musically very talented, with his own special sense of twisted humour, and will be sorely missed. He also completed his memoirs over the past few years, and the book, which presents somewhat controversial and challenging views to many, has been published - check out links to the book HERE.

Rockin Dave was cremated and his ashes rest in the Mt. Pinatubo volcano crater lake, Luzon Island, Philippines, scattered there on a flypass from a light aircraft, as it was always his wish to make a skydive into the lake.

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November 19, 2016 @11:30 pm

I've known Dave & Tina since the early 80s. Gigs & recordings with him in the UK and Finland.He certainly was a 'one off'. Very sad news. Many fun, crazy and memorable hours spent together over the years. Love to Tina,x Paul.

Paul Robinson
September 16, 2016 @01:55 pm

dave, RIP my friend. so sad to hear this. we had some great mornings! top talent

July 25, 2016 @03:18 pm

I just found this page. Sad to see the passing of a good R&R performer. We played quite a few gigs together back in the good old days. Have a good gig upstairs Dave

July 20, 2016 @08:38 am

sad to hear the passing of Dave, he was a one off, had many great nights at midnight rock, I can only imagine he’ll be still rockin upstairs. RIP

keith beck
June 30, 2016 @09:46 pm

What can I say . . . I am heartbroken. No, that's not the word . . . devastated, saddened, feeling like a part of my life is missing. We've gone back a long way. Tiina, Dave and I were a close fit. We understood each other, we laughed and we cried, we drank and feasted, slept in hotels and cars, and even out on the street. shared secrets and thoughts, all this we did together, and a lot more which I don't care to mention. Tiina and Dave were, and still are, my closest friends. Love to you both - Sky-dive in peace Dave

Bob Boulter
June 06, 2016 @06:38 pm

On every visit to Angeles I always went to see Dave's shows. Took some photos of the event and became friends with Dave and Tiina. Had the chance to take some girls to visit Dave's sauna and show how to take the sauna in the proper way. Of course Dave, as he lived many years in Finland, knew how sauna should be built and also knew the procedures: "Close the door!" So many fond memories, now just history. Another reason not to return to Angeles anymore. Now Dave can rock with Elvis and all the other 50's heroes of Rock'n Roll.

Kirmo Wilen
June 05, 2016 @06:28 am

Something I caught on the news... 3 volcanoes erupted the week after you scattered Dave's ashes. No, really! .. One was Mount Etna, the other 2 were lesser known ones. Guess Dave causing trouble already!!

Sylv & Ian
June 02, 2016 @06:27 am

It's the end of an era. Dave was the real deal. Thursday nights will NEVER be the same without him...

Robert Deans
May 27, 2016 @11:14 pm

Played with Dave in Finland during early 80ś. Dave also played on my recordings during 90ś. Last messages and mails were sent last year, I was actually asking Dave to join on my latest project, unfortunately I didn´t know that the situation was so critical...I was somehow thinking that unique characters like Dave never die,or get sick, they just keep on going. Rock the house Dave, like you always did.

May 22, 2016 @10:10 pm

...very, very sad news ! R.I.P. Dave and rock on in heaven

Claus Burkard
May 15, 2016 @09:18 am

I am so sad to here of his passing! He was considered by me to be a good friend. I met him in Hong Kong and I will never forget his talents. I watched him sky dive at Parris CA. What a guy. And we visited his mentors and friends in Hollywood. We always had a good time. He liked riding my Harley Davidson motor cycle when he visited me in Hermosa Beach. I went with him to a show in England and man was that a "blast". He will be missed very much indeed. So long Dave and happy landings. Tom Constable

Tom Constable
May 11, 2016 @02:27 pm

Dave - what a man - what a musician... ! And what a loss for all of us who can now no longer enjoy his talent. I find it extremely sad that very unfortunately Dave is no longer. He was a good man, mate and no doubt a gifted writer and musician. I will certainly miss him - and he is also yet another "sign" to "start to live life". We sometimes take friends/people/things(/life) for granted... until they are no more, and we regret that we did not spend more time with dear ones, when we still had the chance! I' m sure that Dave is Rockin' on right now as I type this, and one day I will join him in the great gig in the sky. RIP Dave - you indeed are missed!

May 10, 2016 @09:25 pm

Dave a very good friend from Nottingham England , we spent a lot of time in bars mid 70s , will be missed R.I.P

george Pearce
May 10, 2016 @06:49 pm

I've lost one of my closest friends. He was a musical hero when I was 15, bought his records. Then music put us together on stage in my hometown of Forlì, Italy, in the 90s. Since then, we played regularly all over Europe. Used to visit him and Tiina in Herne Bay and Marshside at least every six weeks, just to spend some time with my friends, listen good music and a pint or two. I came to the city of Angels seven times, since Dave moved over there. Also planned to move out myself. Hard to explain my feeling. Dave was a close friend; a person of great humour and good sense, even if some people may have found his way of livin' odd. Using Tiina's words, if you ain't rockin' at Midnight, you ain't rockin' at all. Midnight Rock, whether based in England, Spain, or Angeles, was the place to be. Maybe overnight, just for the pleasure of listening to boogie woogie music and enjoy some Jim Beam and coke. I miss him so much. I miss playing with him. I miss the laugh, saunas, with Tiina pouring water upon us. I miss everything. One day we'll do the boogie together again, till the break of day. Ciao, mio caro amico di sempre.

lucky luciano
May 09, 2016 @08:17 pm

I met Dave many years ago and was in several bands with him. We were friends and I spent many days with him and the lovely Tina at the several houses he had over the years. Regrettably when he left the UK we only kept in contact by e/mail. He was an extremely talented musician,good personal friend and a great loss. R.I.P Dave.

Tony Brent
May 09, 2016 @04:39 am

Very sad to hear this - rest in peace Dave, you were the man and I sadly miss your bar and you.

May 09, 2016 @04:33 am

RIP. Everyone remembers your good times and incredible live performances.

Paul Lockhart
May 09, 2016 @04:30 am

Where ever you are Dave bring the house down and keep on rockin'!

May 09, 2016 @04:28 am

What a shame. I'd say Rest In Peace, but peace is probably the last thing Dave would want. Wherever you are, keep on rocking!

May 09, 2016 @04:26 am

No, don't r.i.p. ..u get the place firing and everyone up and dancing ... Great knowing him.

May 09, 2016 @04:23 am

Glad I got to see his show while he was healthy and Rockin' the world. An amazing guy.

Steely Dan
May 09, 2016 @04:20 am

Dave will rock on where ever he is now, I'm sure. He will be missed here!

Joe Angeles
May 09, 2016 @04:15 am

Heaven received another talented Angel. We dont have many of our beautiful legends with us anymore, such a sad loss for the World and Angeles City.

May 09, 2016 @04:12 am

This is very sad indeed ! What a great guy Dave was... and apart from obviously being a also a real Rock'n'Roller and a great Piano player, he was also a very gifted writer ! He mentioned to me that he is working on his memoirs - and knowing his writing style - it could well have been a best-seller. He was a very talented man... and I enjoyed going to his shows! It' s - regrettably! - like with (many) other things in life as well... that we take things for granted, until they're (sadly) gone. RIP Dave... You were a good man and I am proud to (have) know you! Wishing you all the best with your great gig in the sky... Hope they have a Piano there that can take your pounding.

James, Lewis Grand Hotel, Angeles City
May 09, 2016 @04:09 am

One thing's for sure, Rockin Dave had one long amazing adventure in his life. His stories about the rock n roll days, and his music though will live forever.

jonny x
May 09, 2016 @04:06 am

Very sad to hear this. Rocking Dave was in Finland 35 years ago or so. Fairly young and extremely talented musician. Played piano and rocking in clubs and festivals. A rock star. One of the best there was. Way too good for our small market. Then suddenly he was not anymore in publicity and I heard no news where he went. Well 20 years later or so... Ray had a tavern in Philippines, Angeles, Hensonville. Ray said to me there is Englishman who can speak Finnish fluently and his a musician and a very good one. Ray was honest man but I thought maybe some Englishman knows few Finnish words and that is about it. Finland is a small country and language is not easy to learn. Then one day one Englishman came to the tavern and Ray says this is the man I was talking about before. I was very surprised when he started to speak Finnish. Not just few words but talk fluently. Amazing. Now at first I could not recognize it is Rocking Dave. Then we talked some more and Rocking Dave it is. Talked long time with him. Very friendly man. Saw him a few times later also and always friendly and easy to talk to. Rest in peace Dave.

May 09, 2016 @04:02 am

What a final show,having your ashes scattered flying over Mt Pinatubo, that is one hell of a send off. I've climbed to the crater and went swimming up there,it's a great place to rest.

May 09, 2016 @03:59 am

great guy to have a beer with and he will never R.I.P, he will be busy telling tales of the great life he had, that lots of us could only dream of, and he will still be entertaining all up and above, TC dave.

May 09, 2016 @03:57 am

Certainly the end of an Era in AC. Thanks Dave, for all the happiness you brought to so many people. We had many quiet chats after your gigs, but of course, I wish we had more. If there is an afterlife, I hope you are rockin' up there. A good friend of mine was crying about you tonight. To me, that says it all.

May 09, 2016 @03:55 am

I have joyful memories from seeing him playing and singing with such an impressive eagerness. Upside-down while hammering away on the piano. Even with the piano leaning over him. An amazing and happy guy. Rest in Peace, but keep playing where you are at now.

May 09, 2016 @03:53 am

RIP Dave. Obviously missed by many. I have a feeling there will be deep sadness among his faithful staff also. Condolences to his family, friends and staff.

Surfer Joe
May 09, 2016 @03:52 am

heaven will be rocking now - rip to a talented guy

May 09, 2016 @03:51 am

RIP Dave. This has brought tears to my eyes. You had a very full life though, and gave so much to others.

May 09, 2016 @03:43 am

I remember Dave swinging on the old front gate when we were kids....I still have his music.. I thing his Beethoven track is one of the best bits of music ever...............Take care

Pete, UK
May 09, 2016 @03:41 am

I am very very sorry to hear that Dave has passed away. It is a terrible shock. I remember the fun times we had at Herne Bay and we had some deals too. Dave was a great guy and a brilliant rock'n'roll pianist. I will really miss him.

Phil Bailey
May 08, 2016 @09:27 pm

So sad to receive this news. Dave was a lovely guy, a wonderful host and a fabulous piano player. I know he will be missed so much. RIP Lynton

Lynton Guest
May 08, 2016 @08:27 am

I was Dave's skydiving instructor back in Headcorn, UK in the late 1980's. As with everything Dave did, he took it to the next level. He made over 1000 jumps and was famous for jumping into downtown Helsinki, Finland to start his shows. He and his wonderful wife Tiina took me through an unforgettable night cruising the London music scene. We kept in touch as he moved to the Philippines. I am grateful to have known him and his music. May he RIP. That means Rock in Peace! Rock on Rockin Dave!

Jack Gregory
May 08, 2016 @03:34 am

I first met Dave when he was in The Hellraisers and I was in Sun Session, we became good mates and played in several bands together, Red Hot and Stromforce. We travelled across Europe together and had some great laughs. After Dave left England I went on to study music at University and play with many great musicians but Dave was without doubt the most naturally talented musician I have ever played with. R.I.P. Dave.

Brian Sage
May 07, 2016 @09:13 am

Dave was an awesome guy and would always have a short chat with me when ever i visited his place. His shows were simply classic and a tallented man. RIP Dave I will certainly miss you


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