De’Ath was playing with the band Killing Floor when he was offered the job as a temporary substitute for Rory Gallagher’s drummer Wilgar Campbell for a leg of a European tour in 1972. When Campbell left permanently, de’Ath was asked to join full-time. He stayed with Gallagher, performing on several albums, until 1978 when he and keyboard player Lou Martin left the band.
After leaving Gallagher’s band, de’Ath joined Ramrod (with Martin) and then he played with the Downliners Sect before moving to the United States. In the mid-1980s, he returned to the UK to produce an album for a band called Road Erect. Around this time, he suffered a serious accident while running to catch a train, which led to the loss of one eye and some brain damage. Deciding to return to the UK permanently, he eventually made a near-complete recovery, although he was no longer able to play. He had also been told by doctors that his brain damage would kill him within four years, and although this ultimately proved to be incorrect, he did not want to contact friends only to tell them that he was terminally ill.
When Gallagher died in 1995, many obituaries claimed that de’Ath was also dead, and for this reason he stayed away from Gallagher’s funeral. However, he later appeared at a memorial service, having “waited for a suitable moment” to show that he was still alive.
Little or nothing was known of de’Ath’s whereabouts after 1996, until an interview with him was published in Classic Rock magazine in May 2012, within a feature about Rory Gallagher. He attended the funeral in August 2012 of former Rory Gallagher and Ramrod band member Lou Martin.
With Rory Gallagher
- Blueprint (1973) Polydor
- Tattoo (1973) Polydor
- Irish Tour ’74 (1974) Polydor
- Against the Grain (1975) Chrysalis
- Calling Card (1976) Chrysalis
- ^ Jump up to: abcd“Rod de’Ath: The Strange Story Of Rory Gallagher’s Drummer”. Classic Rock Magazine. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- ^ Jump up to: abc“Jakob Mulder’s 1996 interview with Rod de’Ath”. roryon.com.
- ^ Jump up to: ab“The Valley of the Shadow of de’Ath”, Word Magazine, 6 June 2008
- Jump up ^Rod de’Ath at The Fishing Musician, 24 October 2009
|Short description||British musician|
|Date of birth||18 June 1950|
|Place of birth||West Wales, United Kingdom|
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