Rob “Bobeats“ Vitale (known for his vocal work with NYHC bands Black Train Jack and Nine Lives) reportedly died from COVID-19 on March 28th.
The hardcore world has reacted to the news, with NYHC vet Danny Diablo stating last night, “I am f**king so sad right now. Just found out my boy Rob Vitale from Black Train Jack has passed away today from COVID!!! He had a voice of an angel & a heart of gold!!! You will be missed Bobeats!!!”
Queens hardcore punks Sick of it All wrote, “Our hearts are heavy tonight. We lost our friend to Covid. Thinking of all the shows, the tours all the good times and laughs we shared. Rest In Peace Rob.”
Legendary NYC-based music production company, BNB Productions, said, “RIP TO our NYHC brother Bobeats. Condolences to all our friends and his family.”
The screenshot above is from a video of Black Train Jack live at the ‘Black N Blue Bowl’ in 2013, see the full clip, plus more tributes below. RIP, Rob.
I AM FUCKING SO SAD RIGHT NOW. JUST FOUND OUT MY BOY ROB VITALE FROM BLACK TRAIN JACK HAS PASSED AWAY TODAY FROM COVID!!! HE HAD A VOICE OF AN ANGEL & A HEART OF GOLD!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED BOBEATS!!!
— DANNY DIABLO (@DannyDiablo) March 29, 2021
😞🙏🏼😞RIP Bobeats. We love you pic.twitter.com/TQF94HuZjd
— BNB Productions (@BNBProductions) March 28, 2021
Sad to hear that Rob Vitale has died. Black Train Jack were sweet and earnest anomalies amongst NYHC and Vitale’s voice was as distinct as any of the best in the scene. https://t.co/tZV2t4oqGn
— Zachary Lipez (@ZacharyLipez) March 28, 2021
RIP Rob Vitale of Black Train Jack who passed away from Covid-19 this weekend. A true OG of NYHC. Thoughts & Condolences go out to all his friends and family.
— idobi Howl (@idobiHowl) March 29, 2021
One of my favorite vocalists in underground music has left the building and will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace Rob Vitale from Black Train Jack and 9 Lives…..
I’ll never forget the kindness, respect, & friendship you offered me. Eternal respect. RIP pic.twitter.com/nEDIbFodCg
— Kevin Gill (@OGkevingill) March 28, 2021