Bob Lanois, the producer/studio owner brother of Daniel, has died

If you know anything about the history of the Hamilton music scene, you’re always led back to Grant Avenue, the recording studio created by Daniel Lanois and his brother Bob back in the 1970s. The place had such a reputation that it attracted the attention of Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, and Bob Dylan.

Bob Lanois (second from left) with Grant Avenue co-founder Bob Doidge, house producer Amy King, and Tom Wilson (Via Grant Avenue’s website)

When Daniel moved on to establish himself as an internationally famous producer and engineer, Bob stayed behind in Hamilton, working with countless artists over the decades. Bob also was known as a photographer, a filmmaker, and an abstract artist. If you look in the credits for U2’s The Joshua Tree, you’ll see that he got a shout-out. He also had a rep as a formidable harmonica player.

Word today (April 20) is that Bob has died at the age of 73.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Bob Lanois, the producer/studio owner brother of Daniel, has died

  • April 29, 2021 at 4:29 pm
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    Thanks for doing Alan
    Bob was a fierce creator. He taught me to always lead with art and when he sensed I was fuckin’ around he was there to kick my ass. He gave all of himself to the magic of creation and expected the same from the people he chose to work with. An inventor, poet and daredevil. The world is a way less interesting place today without Bob Lanois.
    But
    Holy God
    Where did you find that photo .
    My hair
    That shirt..
    Oh Dear

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