|Born on: 10.11.1956
Died on: 04.04.2011
Scott Columbus (November 10, 1956 — April 4, 2011) was an American musician and the former drummer of Manowar. Reportedly he was discovered by a female fan of the band, beating aluminium in a local foundry. With the band from 1983-90, he was eventually forced to leave the band when his son fell ill. He was replaced by Rhino for The Triumph of Steel but returned for Louder Than Hell and remained with the band until the summer of 2008 when he was replaced once again by Rhino during Manowar's performances in Bulgaria and Magic Circle Festival 2008.
Manowar never officially announced Columbus's departure in 2008. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Scott said "I'd say it was about April 2008. When Mr. DeMaio [Joey DeMaio, MANOWAR bassist/mainman] and myself agreed to disagree on a few points of interest. That leads us up to today. You know what? I had a long and wonderful career with MANOWAR; I have no regrets, it's just life moves on. When asked about his departure in the early 90's Scott said "It was the very end of 1989 leading into 1990. I was officially gone in 1990, the first time. I can just tell you and the world that my son was never sick. So you can deduce from that what you may. However, that's what I'll tell you." Columbus played the so-called "Drums of Doom", a kit made of stainless steel, because his drumming technique is too rough on standard kits which had to be replaced too regularly.
In an interview published on June 1, 2010 [in Classic Rock Magazine and online], Columbus commented on his reasons for leaving Manowar in the 1990. He said: 'I was officially gone in 1990, the first time. I can just tell you and the world that my son was never sick. So you can deduce from that what you may. However, that's what I'll tell you [concerning the official statement].'
On April 5, 2011, Manowar's official Facebook, and Manowar's official website, posted the following:
"With great sorrow we announce the passing of our brother Scott Columbus. A rare talent, equally a rare individual, a father, a friend and a brother of metal. All of the great moments we spent together are burnished in our hearts and memories forever. We know he is in a good place and at peace. He will never be forgotten." Your family and brothers, Joey, Eric, Karl, Donnie. And all at Magic Circle Music.