“Danas je umro naš veliki prijatelj i vrhovni vođa”, vijest je koju su članovi današnje postave kultne britanske post punk grupe Gang Of Four napisali na svojim službenim stranicama obavještavajući o smrti osnivača, gitarista i producenta grupe – Andyja Gilla.
“This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today.
Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; with a Stratocaster around his neck, screaming with feedback and deafening the front row.
His uncompromising artistic vision and commitment to the cause meant that he was still listening to mixes for the upcoming record, whilst planning the next tour from his hospital bed.
But 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. He just so happened to be a bit of a genius too.
One of the best to ever do it, his influence on guitar music and the creative process was inspiring for us, as well as everyone who worked alongside him and listened to his music. And his albums and production work speak for themselves. Go give ‘em a spin for him…
Love you mate.
John, Thomas and Tobias
GANG OF FOUR”
Gill je preminuo u subotu 01. veljače 2020. predvečer u bolnici u 64.-oj godini zbog respiratornih problema. Ostat će zapamćen kao jedan od najutjecajnijih gitarista britanske glazbe koji je s originalnom postavom benda snimio dva izuzetno utjecajna albuma – “Entertainment” (1979) i “Solid Gold” (1981). S drugim postavama grupe nastavio je raditi do lani kada su objavili posljednji album. Od Gilla se opraštaju mnogi slavni glazbenici.