The punk rock world is in mourning today after the tragic news of Blowhard frontman Brentyn ‘Rollo Rollason‘s passing overnight, just prior to their performance at The Brightside in Brisbane.
The ska/punk band announced the news via Facebook stating:
Those friends who were at Brightside tonight will be aware that Rollo suffered a heart attack right before we went on stage. Unfortunately our dear mate didn’t make it, despite the best efforts of venue staff, paramedics and QHealth emergency crew.
Rollo: the Brisbane punk community and broader alternative music scene are forever in your debt.
With all our love, Ben Jones and BH.
Devastating news for the punk rock community not only in Brisbane but across the country (and globe) who would have in some way shape or form, come into contact with Rollo at one point during their lives. The mesmerising frontman had been a key player in the scene for well over 20 years, playing festivals like Big Day Out, Livid and Vans Warped Tour in the process.
The band released three albums Blowin’ Off (1993), Hornbag (1996) and The Toxic Swing (2009) + not to forget the compilation album Five Minute Ride Through Hell, as well as countless singles and EPs released via Rollo‘s own record label, Splurt Records. On top of all of that, as many tributes have mentioned this morning, the Blowhard guys gave plenty of upcoming bands the opportunity to share a stage with them and gave back to the scene regularly, always lending a hand or a hug to those in need.
Really saddened to hear about the passing of Brisbane legend Rollo. Blowhard were a Brisbane institution, Rollo fostered the music scene through Club Splurt & his work. Memories of the Gabba, 4zzz market days, hell even my first Livid in 96, all involve him. Hug ya mates today.
— Nadine Chemali نادين (@femmocollective) April 21, 2019
So sad to hear about Rollo from Blowhard's passing. He gave so much to Brisbane's music scene. Here's a quote from an old interview I did with him for Time Off:
"I was able to stay off the dole for 15 years…I mightn’t have made a million dollars doing it but I had a good time"
— Daniel Johnson (@danjohnson1979) April 22, 2019
Ahh fuck, so sad to hear about the passing of Rollo from Blowhard. That band was a Brisbane institution that I’d seen play so many times over the years that they seemed eternal? like they’d always been there and always would be.
— Hacklock only uses real baseball bats (@hacklocked) April 22, 2019
Saddened to hear of the passing of Brisbane band scene patron & Bad Ronald / Blowhard/Fred Band frontman Rollo. He was incredibly generous in giving bands a step up to play live shows. Vale old chap.
— Dan (@danadanadandan) April 21, 2019
Our thoughts go out to Rollo‘s family, friends, peers and fans during this difficult time…