Andy Gill, a guitarist for Gang of Four band, has died

  • Andy Gill, a guitarist for Gang of Four band, has died

Andy Gill, a guitarist for Gang of Four band, has died

Gang Of Four guitarist and co-founder Andy Gill has died at the age of 64. Andy was one of my heroes, a man who inspired the shit out of Hillel [Slovak], Anthony [Kiedis] and I as youngsters; I was thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to produce our first album.

Formed in Leeds in 1976 while at university, Gang Of Four were initially influenced by the NY art-punk scene that Gill and frontman Jon King had witnessed first-hand when they'd visited the States. Other bands he produced include The Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers and Killing Joke. Last year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Gill "virtually weaponized the instrument with his stabbing, scraping attack and feedback sorcery".

The group embraced the soul-funk sound to an even greater degree with its following album, 1983's Hard, on which it worked with R&B producers Ron and Howard Albert and alienated much of its core fan base. It would greatly influence LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party, the Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand.

Born in Manchester, Gill studied art in Leeds where he met singer King. "Dance. Think. Thats a record that changed my life forever, and was massively influential on my development as a musician, and showed me what a rock band could be". Gang of Four's 1978 debut LP Entertainment! was listed as one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Album of All Time.

Gill was suffering from a respiratory illness following a world tour of 2019. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.

Gill's current band mates Thomas McNeice, John Sterry and Tobias Humble announced the guitarist's death Saturday on Twitter.

"To us, he was our friend - and we'll remember him for his kindness and generosity, his fearsome intelligence, bad jokes, mad stories and endless cups of Darjeeling tea".

Gill's wife Catherine Mayer tweeted in tribute: "This pain is the price of extraordinary joy, nearly three decades with the best man in the world".