Bob Banks

Memorial note

Robert Warren Banks 56, a longtime resident of San Francisco, died 18 January 2006 in Prague, where he has lived since 1993. In the 1970s, Banks, a native of Blacksburg, VA, was the singer and vocalist in LaRue, a rock band he founded with guitarist Danny Sego and keyboardist Robert Moselle [all heard on From Shadow to Shadow]

 The band was a punk pioneer and performed frequently at Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, recording a live album there. It headlined the first San Francisco Arts Festival and also played the Whiskey-a-Go-Go and the Roxy in Los Angeles.

LaRue started its own record label, and Banks worked with Music By The Bay, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of Bay Area bands by getting their music on shelves in local record stores and on radio stations' playlists.

"He was one of the most influential people in terms of creating the San Francisco rock scene of the 1970s, easily," said Moselle, now a Monterey-based attorney. "If you ask musicians, they'll all acknowledge that."

In the 1980s, Banks formed the Banks Project, with Randy Hansen on guitar, Bill Church (Montrose/Hagar) on bass and Chuck Ruff (Edgar Winter/Hagar).  He managed the band Verbal Abuse, and later worked as road manager for Tony MacAlpine, which is where he met Keith Reid, lyricist for Procol Harum..

He is survived by Hana Banksova, his loving wife of almost ten years. The Funeral is in Prague at Pavel Benes Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. local time.

Zbraslavske namesti 460, Praha 5. +420-2-257-921-349.
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