'A unique talent': Tributes to Gang Of Four's Andy Gill

'A unique talent': Tributes to Gang Of Four's Andy Gill

Fellow artists have paid tribute to Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, who has died aged 64.

Gill was the founding member and guitarist of Gang Of Four, as well as a respected producer for acts including The Stranglers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Killing Joke.

"Our great friend and supreme leader has died today,” the band announced online.

Gill had developed a respiratory illness, after finishing an Asian tour with Gang Of Four last year.

Gang Of Four’s 1979 debut album Entertainment! is cited as a major influence on bands ranging from Fugazi and Nirvana to LCD Soundsystem and Franz Ferdinand.

“The other day I was playing in LA and Tom Morello came in and sought me out backstage to give us his best,” Gill told Music Week in April 2019. “There’s a lot of recognition from bands, whether it was back in the old days like the Chili Peppers or now from St Vincent.”

The post-punk band were signed to EMI, though never quite cracked the Top 40 with singles or albums. They split in 1984 but reformed with various line-ups over the years, including Gill as the band’s mainstay.

Gang Of Four released ninth studio album Happy Now last year. Gill looked back at his 40-year career for Music Week’s Aftershow feature.

Numerous artists have paid tribute, including Gary Numan, who described Gill as a “unique artist”.

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Andy Gill, one of my favorite guitar players of all time has left us. Go listen to the Gang of Four album ENTERTAINMENT right now. Turn that shit up loud and rock the fuck out. 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. There is nothing else like it. It cut a fucking hole right the thick LA smog that I wanted to jump through. After not being in touch for many years, Andy and I had spoken recently, and communicated a lot of over the last several months. I am shocked. Andy was one of my heroes, a man who inspired the shit out of Hillel, Anthony and I as youngsters; I was thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to produce our first album. May his beautiful soul be in bliss with the divine, I love you Andy.

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