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Brian "Damage" Keats

Brian Damage

Brian "Damage" Keats was born in Brooklyn, NY on 02/11/1963, and played for Genocide and Verbal Abuse before Danzig invited him to join The Misfits as the latest in a long line of drummers. He began rehearsing with the band in October 1983, just a few weeks before the band's upcoming Halloween show in Detroit. His first and only performance turned out to be the band's farewell show. Completely drunk before the show, he was unable to keep up with the rest of the band, and after only one song, was thrown off the stage by a very angry Doyle. Todd Swalla of The Necros filled in for the rest of the show. After The Misfits, Brian remained in New York City and went on to play drums for Hellbent, The Kretins, The Hellhounds, The Skulls, Angels In Vain, Princess Pang, Raging Slab, and The Diamondbacks. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he still lives, and played or recorded with Wink, Pressurehed, Baron Jive, Sylvain Sylvain, The Light Bachwood Movement, Link Protrudi And The Jaymen, Paul Inman, Marioux, Low Pop Suicide, 3 Day Wheely, Bortek, Susanna Hoffs, Doppler, The Fuzztones, and Tramdriver. He has also done live performances with Kathy Fisher (with Drew Ross), Sages & Seers (with two Fuzztones members), African Violet (with Rita D'Albert), Tim Harrington, $100 Band (with Drew Ross and Gary Eaton), Jason Falkner, Woozy, and Dave Vanian And The Phantom Chords and recorded sessions demos with Zoe Poledouris And Bubble Gun (with Teddy Thompson), Bijou Phillips, Swirl 360 (with Roger Manning), Tallulah, Marie Wilson, Michael Hately, Kim Richey, Billy Idol, Tom Anderson, Leah Andreone, and Colony. Brian died on 1/12/2010.

Equipment:
1983: 4 piece black Pearl Export drum set (16x22 bass drum, 11x13 rack tom, 16x16 floor tom, 6x14 snare drum), Zildjian cymbals (14" New Beat hi-hats, 18" medium crash, 21" medium ride).

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