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Local guitarist returns to Toledo to honor brother

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

You may remember Jeff Kollman. In the 90s, the Bowsher High School graduate played lead guitar with the hugely popular Toledo bar band Edwin Dare.

His brother Tommy was the drummer. Tommy was drumming in a Florida band last December when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Fort Myers.

Kollman is now a successful Los Angeles guitarist, doing session work and playing in several bands. He's returned to his hometown this weekend to perform two shows honoring Tommy's memory at the Rocket Bar at 135 South Byrne Road.

"It would be great to share music and create a night we celebrate him in a way that he would appreciate," Kollman said.

Authorities say Tommy was armed and had a pipe to smoke crack cocaine when he was shot, but Kollman says no drugs were seized and Tommy never fired a shot. The incident remains under investigation.

Kollman is searching for answers about what really happened to his brother.

"In Florida, they called him the 'Gentle Giant.' Big, intimidating character," he said. "But he had a big heart."

As for his musical homecoming, Kollman says when somebody dies, their memory is what's left behind on earth. The shows are a way for folks to bring out the emotions they felt for Tommy.

"It happened. I can't bring him back," he said. "You can deal with it in a spiritual way or self-destruct with drugs and alcohol, which people do. I'm not going to take that path. Celebrate his life and the joy of music."

There will be a second show Saturday night. Admission is $15. The doors open at 8:00.

Kollman will be playing with his current band Cosmosquad, and members of another famous Toledo bar band, Damien. 

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