Vale Triple R Presenter Genny B
News posted Thursday, September 6 2012 at 06:00 PM.
Tributes have flowed for Melbourne radio presenter and musician Genevieve Blackmore, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday (September 5).
Blackmore (aka “Genny B”) was the co-host of Triple R’s Livewire, a frequent guest on the long-running Best of the Brat and a guitarist for Your Wedding Night and The Bites. She’d been battling a particularly aggressive form of cancer for the past few years, and passed away surrounded by her family and friends yesterday
Presenters Fee B-Squared and Ben Birchall paid tribute on Triple R’s Breakfasters this morning, playing a live-to-air recording of Your Wedding Night’s ‘Crush’. “It’s shaky times for a lot of people,” said Fee B-Squared. “Our love and thoughts go out to her family and friends.”
“She touched so many people at this station and elsewhere – often inappropriately and that was the best thing about her,” Birchall added.
Paying tribute on M+N today, close friend and former Best of the Brat co-host Marieke Hardy described her as “an awesome fucking human being and her passing has left many people in Melbourne's music community utterly bereft”.
Earlier this year, Melbourne’s music community turned out in force for a concert to raise funds for Blackmore's mounting medical bills. Performers included Dan Kelly, Augie March’s Glenn Richards, Teeth & Tongue, You Am I’s Davey Lane and Dan Luscombe from The Drones.
Donations are currently being sought for her funeral. To donate click here.
Tribute: Glenn Dickie (EMI, ex-Best Of The Brat)
Gen was one of my best mates and for about two years before I moved up to Sydney in 2008 we pretty much lived out of each others pockets. You know when you’re in primary school and you have you best mate that you hang out with at school, after school, on weekends and even go on family holidays together? Well, we tried to start numerous bands together, I kissed my first dude with Gen at one of Marieke’s infamous birthday parties (thanks Dave The Scott, you were also the last x), we attempted to get fit together by going swimming at Collingwood pools or just sitting in the sauna because that was easier. We would get over hangovers together by having our own personal Sunday ritual of roo and white wine at the Napier and we pretty much tried to laugh as much as possible. And if you knew Gen then you knew her laugh, it’s awesome. She was often the first person I saw in the morning (swimming) and the last person I saw at night (eating and drinking).
Going back to your school friend, remember when their parents decided to move to Canberra to work for the tulip growers and they had to take your mate with them because he was nine and didn’t think he was capable of looking after himself. That feeling when the car drives up the street and you run after the car for as long as possible. Well I don’t remember that happening with Gen and I, but I do remember that feeling of sadness that things probably won’t be the same any more. We had to get out of each other’s pockets. I thought about Gen a lot, even before the cuntcer but the distance meant we inevitably grew apart a bit. We were too close not to. That of course didn’t mean I loved her as one of my closest friends any less. Having Gen as a friend is unreal, and she will always be my friend. I look forward to hearing her new band play and knowing that we probably don’t have to get up early and go swimming to keep fit. I missed her already but this isn’t how I saw it going down in my head. My heart is broken but I know she’s safe now.