Gang Of Four – Live at Studio 105, Maison de la Radio – Radio France International – The Black Sessions – October 27, 1995 – RFI
Gang Of Four in concert on a sad occasion. The passing of co-founder and guitarist Andy Gill earlier today.
This eloquent and painful press release comes from the Official Gang Of Four Site:
“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”
As way of tribute and by way of a loss for words, here is one of the legendary Black Sessions, recorded on October27, 1995 at Studio 105 of Maison de la Radio for Radio France International.
I will admit to being so weary of running these tributes. I realize death is inevitable, but goddamit, can’t it slow down a bit? Too many people are going too quickly and we are left with
a permanent state of speechlessness in their wake.
Don’t enjoy this – absorb it, make it part of your DNA.