Andy Gill, Pioneering Post-Punk Guitarist of Gang of Four, Has Died, Age 64

More sad news as we move into the second month of the year. Legendary post-Punk and Brit Rock guitarist and producer Andy Gil has died after a short respiratory illness in London. He was just 64 years old.  As a founding member of Gang of Four, Andy left an indelible mark on music with his style and songcraft. Gang of Four’s first few albums are seminal works in post-Punk and New Wave music and they continued to inspire and affect bands long after they were inactive in the scene. A ground-breaking composer and producer, he worked with artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence, Bono, Therapy? and the Young Knives. The band had reunited (with Gill as the only original member) in recent years to much acclaim. His band has released a tribute via their publicist. Continue reading

Gang of Four Releasing What Happens Next in February, North American Tour in March

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UK post-punk legends Gang of Four will release their new album What Happens Next on February 24th via Metropolis Records in North America and Membran in Europe.

Produced and written by Andy Gill in London, this is the first new album to not feature vocalist Jon King, who departed in 2012. The record features collaborations with Alison Mosshart of The Kills (check out “Big Talk” here), Robbie Furze (The Big Pink), Gail Ann Dorsey, German superstar Herbert Gronemeyer and Japanese superstar Hotei. Gang of Four is Gill (guitar), John “Gaoler” Sterry (vocals), Thomas McNiece (bass) and Jonny Finnegan (drums).

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Gang of Four will be touring North America in March 2015. Dates are posted below.

Nov 27: Holmfirth Picturedome – Huddersfield, England
Nov 28: Hammersmith Apollo – London, England
Dec 17: L’Aeronef – Lille, France
Dec 18: Festival Les Aventuriers – Fontenay Sous Bois, France
Mar 03: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Mar 04: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 06: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Mar 07: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Mar 09: Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
Mar 10: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Mar 12: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 13: Park West – Chicago, IL
Mar 14: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
Mar 15: Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Mar 17: Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
Mar 18: Trees – Dallas, TX
Mar 23: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Mar 24: El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 25: Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Mar 28: Burgerama @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

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