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Tom Morello, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gary Numan & more pay tribute to Gang of Four’s Andy Gill

photo: Tom Sheehan
photo: Tom Sheehan

Gang of Four’s Andy Gill was one of the most influential rock guitarists of the last 40 years and there are echos of his taut sound — when people call post-punk guitars “angular,” Andy Gill pretty much invented that. It’s no surprise that tributes have been pouring out since news of his death, including many musicians he influenced, such as Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Gill produced their debut album) and Flea, REM’s Mike Mills, fellow Leeds post-punks Mekons, Blur’s Graham Coxon, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli, Gary Numan, The Futureheads (Gill produced their debut), Colin Meloy, Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate, Geoff Rickly, and more. Read those below.

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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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