Printed Aug 02, 2019
Ian Gibbons — an English keyboardist finest identified for enjoying within the Kinks between 1979 and 1996, has died. The musician’s August 1 passing was confirmed by his former bandmates and people in spinoff group the Kast Off Kinks. A reason behind demise has not been reported. Gibbons was 67.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that now we have to report the sudden demise of Ian Gibbons. Deepest sympathy to Nadia and all Ian’s family and friends,” an announcement on the Kast Off Kinks’ web site learn.
Gibbons first joined the Kinks in 1979, and performed with the group for the subsequent decade earlier than the band have been dropped by MCA Data in 1989. He then rejoined the band for a second stint in 1993, staying with the UK outfit till they disbanded in 1996.
“To easily say Ian can be missed can be an understatement,” the band’s Ray Davies mentioned in an announcement. “My first ideas are for his household and family members.
Davies went on to replicate on Gibbons becoming a member of the group and their time performing collectively:
When he auditioned for the band, he solely performed a couple of chords earlier than I knew he was the appropriate man to have on keyboard, he appeared to know the appropriate voicing to musically slot in between the opposite members of the band. And with the Kinks, that took some doing!
He was additionally was an excellent accordion participant and apparently, a little bit of a childhood prodigy on that instrument. Within the studio, he would willingly check out essentially the most random musical concept I might throw at him. On the street, he might at all times be assured to present a smile of encouragement from his aspect of the stage and purchase a spherical within the bar after the present so we might have a celebration in Ian’s noisy room.
Being in a band is like being in a household and at this time it’s as if now we have misplaced member of the family. Proper now I am considering of his smile, his cheeky chappie sense of humour and beneficiant grin that made you’re feeling it was okay, despite the fact that there was an eight hour bus trip forward after a protracted present and the air-con has damaged down. Although, by some means we might recover from the discomfort, attain the subsequent venue and go onstage, contemporary once more.
The band’s Dave Davies added, “Aside from being an incredible skilled, Ian at all times had a optimistic angle to being on the street and recording. Within the a few years he labored with the Kinks, he added nice color and dimension to the Kinks’ music and he was a great buddy. I will miss him vastly. Numerous like to his household and mates at this tough time.”
Former Kinks drummer and fellow Kast Off Kinks member Mick Avory added, “I’ve identified and labored with Ian for 40yrs, and I shall at all times bear in mind him as a great buddy and nice musician. I’ll miss him a lot particularly as we have been nonetheless working collectively. It is so unhappy he needed to go so rapidly earlier than anybody might say goodbye.”