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Influential Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill dies aged 64

Musician Andy Gill of the band Gang of Four performs onstage during Beach Goth Festival at The Observatory on October 22, 2016 in Santa Ana, California
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Andy Gill, founder and guitarist of British post-punk band Gang Of Four, has died aged 64.

The news was announced via the band’s social media, which stated, “Our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today.

“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.”

No cause of death was announced.

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Gill’s angular, aggressive playing style on his trademark Stratocaster - best showcased on landmark albums Entertainment! and Solid Gold - found fans in the likes of Nirvana, Fugazi, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose debut album he produced.

In 2018, Gill told Guitar World of his signature sound, “I don’t really spend time thinking about the guitar tone. I tend to just plug it in and play with a few tremolo effects, tweak a few things and then off we go.”

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello paid tribute to Gill on social media, saying, “[He was] one of my principal influences on the instrument as his jagged plague disco raptor attack industrial funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were formative for me.”

Prior to Gill’s death, Gang Of Four had just finished a new studio record, and completed their final tour in November 2019.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).