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Brian "Damage" Keats (February 11, 1963 – January 12, 2010) was an American punk/rock drummer who was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Damage played for Genocide and Verbal Abuse, before Glenn Danzig invited him to join The Misfits as the latest in a long line of drummers.

He began rehearsing with the band in October 1983, just a few weeks before the band's upcoming Halloween show in Detroit. His first and only performance turned out to be the band's farewell show. Completely drunk before the concert, he was unable to keep up with the rest of the band, and after several songs, he was thrown off the stage by a very angry Doyle. Todd Swalla of The Necros filled in for the rest of the show.

After The Misfits, Brian remained in New York City and went on to play drums for Hellbent, The Kretins, The Hellhounds, The Skulls, Angels In Vain, Princess Pang, Raging Slab, and The Diamondbacks.

He later moved to Los Angeles, and played or recorded with Wink, Pressurehed, Baron Jive, Sylvain Sylvain, The Light Bachwood Movement, Link Protrudi And The Jaymen, Paul Inman, Marioux, Low Pop Suicide, 3 Day Wheely, Bortek, Susanna Hoffs, Doppler, The Fuzztones, and Tramdriver.

He has also done live performances with Kathy Fisher (with Drew Ross), Sages & Seers (with two Fuzztones members), African Violet (with Rita D'Albert), Tim Harrington, $100 Band (with Drew Ross and Gary Eaton), Jason Falkner, Woozy, and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords and recorded sessions demos with Zoe Poledouris And Bubble Gun (with Teddy Thompson), Bijou Phillips, Swirl 360 (with Roger Manning), Tallulah, Marie Wilson, Michael Hately, Kim Richey, Billy Idol, Tom Anderson, Leah Andreone, and Colony.

Brian died on January 12, 2010 from cancer. He is survived by his wife and one child. He was 46 years old.[1]

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