Brian Redman, a long-time staple of Tacoma’s music scene, was killed in an early Sunday morning scooter crash, according to Tacoma police. He was 31.
Redman was known for leading Tacoma hard-rock band, Dirty Knockers, for a two-year stint with popular, Vancouver, BC thrash-metal outfit 3 Inches of Blood and playing bass for hardcore band Trial. He last performed with Dirty Knockers Saturday night at Tacoma’s New Frontier Lounge.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner confirmed that Redman died early Sunday morning. Based on details provided by Detective Brad Graham of the Tacoma Police Department, Redman was thrown from his scooter after apparently striking a curb on the 2400 block of N. 21st Street, in Tacoma.
TPD dispatch received a call around 2:35 a.m. Sunday. Redman was pronounced dead on the scene, Graham said.
Funeral and tribute show arrangements are still pending. [Update: Find info on the Doyle's Public house memorial concert here.]
On a personal note, I got to know Redman a little over the years from covering his bands, seeing him at shows and going to Doyle’s Public House, where he tended bar. He was a great guy, and it shocks and saddens me to be writing an obituary for him. Condolences to his many friends and family.