Bob Welch a former singer and guitarist with Fleetwood Mac died of of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, On Thursday June 7, 2012. He is survived by his wife Wendy Welch who tragically was the one who found him.
65 year-old Bob Welch from Los Angeles joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 when his former high school friend Judy Wong (some said they dated too) recommended him to the band who was desperately looking for a guitarist to replace Jeremy Spencer.
During the time he spend with Fleetwood Mac they released their album Future Games in 1971, Bare Trees in 1972, this album included Welch’s song Sentimental Lady, Mystery To Me in 1973 (included Bob’s son Hypnotized), also that year the band released Penguin and Bob’s fnal album with Fleetwood Mac Heroes are Hard To Find in 1974. Things became problematic for Bob and Danny Kirwan due to his alcohol abuse, until his departure in August 1972 after he refuse to go on stage at a concert after an argument with Bob and Mick Fleetwood fired him. Bob Welch left the back in December 1974, he was replaced by Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. The following year he created Paris the Hard Rock band with Todd Rundgren, Thom Mooney, Hunt Sales and bassist Glen Cormick (Jethro Tull).
Paris released their first album “Paris” and Big Towne, 2061 in 1976, the band split up the following year, Welch then embarked on his solo career.
French Kiss his first solo album was released in September 1977, Three Hearts in 1979, The Other One that same year followed by Man Overboard in 1980 and Bob Welch in 1981. His next album Eye Contact was released in 1983 the same year he became addicted to heroin.
In 1999, after three years clean of drugs he released Bob Welch Looks At Bop. Btween 2003 and 2004 he released His Fleetwood Mac Years & Beyond I and II, and Live at Roxy in 2004. Fleetwood Mac and its former and some current members were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, however Bob was not.
Bob met his loving wife Wendy Armistead Welch at Johnny Depp’s club the Viper Room, by the time they met it was called Central. They got married in 1985, moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990, they had no children
Wendy Welch was given credit by her husband, in his own words he said..
In 1984-1998 was a story for me of pulling out of major depression, drug addiction and extreme negativity, which I was able to do, thanks to a. the LA Sheriff’s Dept (busted), b. Cedars Sinai hospital (in a coma 2 weeks), and, especially, c. a lovely lady named Wendy Armistead, who helped me stop beating my head against a brick wall ! During this time Wendy helped me to get back into reading music again, to want to do a band again, (the Touch, Ave. M), and to regain my musical and personal identity, which had gotten pretty trashed
Wendy found her husband with wound shot to chest at their home around noon, media quoted Wendy talking about the spinal surgery Bob had, doctor told him he would not get better, she added that he did not wanted her to have to take care of an invalid. He left a suicide note, but its content has not been revealed.
This is a very sad news, our thoughts and prayers go out to her during this difficult time.