September 23, 2017

A toast to Desperate Dave Burns

A toast to Desperate Dave Burns RIP, musician and B Movie actor. Sorry it took a while.

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  1. This is bad, if it’s the same Desperate Dave Burns I knew back in the 80’s, at Hanoi Rocks, Thunders, Gunslinger gigs.

    • Hi Nuzz,
      I’m afraid it is the same Dave Burns. One of his ex-girlfriends contacted me through Facebook to say that she’d only just found out Dave had sadly passed away back in 2003. I shared a house with him when we were both studying in Reading around 1987 and had some truly great and memorable times with him.

      We’ve been compiling a few of our favourite memories of Dave, do you have anything specific you’d like to share?

  2. Alright Julian,

    Shit!….I lost contact with Dave probably around 1989/90, memories, now here’s a couple How about when he along with The Gunslingers appeared at Bow Street charged with impersonating The Rolling Stones. They’d gone to Stringfellows, blagged their way in then ran up a massive bar bill, before they were sussed, slung out and arrested, then charged. I didn’t go out with them that night, but made it for their court apperance, where they all turned up in ill fitting Oxfam suits. It got him a mention in the Daily Mirror and a fine. His live performances were always memorable, just him and his guitar tearing up who ever’s songs he fancied tearing up. I first met Dave at Hanoi Rocks gigs, shared many a pint with him in the watering holes around Soho and The Marquee and various other venues around London and other places. I’m writing a piece about The Gunslingers for my blog, and was researching some stuff, which is how I heard about his death, how did he die, if that’s not to tasteless a question to ask. If it is, forget I asked it, cos it’s pretty irrelevent, he’s gone, a real character. I’ve got a copy of The Mirror piece about him, and some flyers from his gigs, if yer interested.

    Thanks for getting back to me, all the best.

    • Ha ha ha, I remember that story but I am sure Dave told me he was impersonating Ronnie Woods’ son that night???
      I still haven’t managed to find out anything about how he died – have tried contacting some people through band websites who he may been in touch with but to no avail. I first heard about his death through an interview that Buttz (The Babysitters) did in around 2004 and there is also a mention on NIkki Sudden’s website; he talks about Dave and Epic Soundtracks and how he dreamt about them both after they died. And now he is dead too. Fuckin’ awful, isn’t it?
      Vxx

  3. Matt Allen says:

    Hi I used to see Dave in a band called The Courtesans in Reading as I knew the brothers who played in the band. Their last gig was supporting Pavement amazing gig.

    Shocking news, has anyone ever found out how he died?

    thanks,

    Matt.

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Matt

      I have found out a bit more and it would appear he died of an overdose. This came as a shock to me as Dave had always been more of drinker than a heavy drug-user but I lost contact with him around 1996 so have no idea what path his life took in the last few years.

      Cheers
      Victoria