I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. On November 27 2015, the music community said farewell to Glen Barrie. Glen was guitarist for As Paradise Falls, and in the past for Ashes Of December. About 385 people rocked up to The Brightside to not only say thanks to a true shred lord, but to also raise money for his baby boy and to support his family and close friends. I was truly blown away by the support, and I know his family were as well.
I will never forget the glint in his eye when talking about Cassandra, his beautiful wife. I will never forget the cheeky grin he used to bear after breaking wind around the band, or while telling bad dad jokes. The thing he was most stoked about, however, was having a kid. The subject of Cass and her pregnancy was often brought up at band meetings without fail. He was so bloody proud and excited about having a child.
Since the benefit gig at The Brightside, Cass has had a wonderful baby boy, Franklin Barrie. Even though the money raised that night was just a drop in the ocean for Cass and Frankie, I’m so damn proud of my band who played it and of the support of the music industry in Brisbane. We often get down about how unsupported we are as artists or promoters, but when times are tough, the heavy music community can, at times, certainly show its best side.
I just hope that we honoured Glen in the right way that night, and that Cass and the family were stoked with it all. I know she will receive so much more support and helping hands in many years to come. We will never forget Glen and we’ll make sure Frankie will get to know his dad as he grows up. Who knows, maybe he’ll be a better shred lord than Glen!
Thanks again from the Mannequin Republic family, bands, employees. A huge thanks to The Brightside, Vanguard Touring, all the media outlets who did their best to promote the benefit gig, the family at I Probably Hate Your Band, and most of all, thanks to all the music fans who have played their collective part in it all.
I’m sure we can all feel the bright glow of Glen’s smile.
I Probably Hate Your Band is a shitty website full of asshole writers. We do nothing but destroy the hopes and dreams of young bands, and have never offered a single positive thing to the world. /Sarcasm
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