Tributes pour in from Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., and more...

The music world has paused to remember Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill.

The influential guitarist died yesterday - February 1st - leaving behind a vastly influential catalogue.

In addition to his work with Gang Of Four the guitarist also worked as a producer, notably helming the debut album from Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Although the relationship was somewhat fractious at the time, Flea remembered the time fondly in his tribute, and also revealed that he and Anthony Keidis have recorded a brand new track for a Gang Of Four tribute album.


Andy Gill, one of my favorite guitar players of all time has left us. Go listen to the Gang of Four album ENTERTAINMENT right now. Turn that shit up loud and rock the fuck out. Dance. Think. Thats a record that changed my life forever, and was massively influential on my development as a musician, and showed me what a rock band could be. There is nothing else like it. It cut a fucking hole right the thick LA smog that I wanted to jump through. After not being in touch for many years, Andy and I had spoken recently, and communicated a lot of over the last several months about a Gang Of Four tribute album he was putting together. Myself, John Frusciante, and the youth choir from the Silverlake Conservatory of Music just finished recording a track for it, and sent in to Andy on Monday. I am shocked. Andy was one of my heroes, a man who inspired the shit out of Hillel, Anthony and I as youngsters; I was thrilled beyond belief when he agreed to produce our first album. May his beautiful soul be in bliss with the divine, I love you Andy.

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R.E.M. supported Gang Of Four at one of their early shows, with Mike Mills saluting Andy Gill's passing:

Andy Gill also produced work by Young Knives and The Futureheads following Gang Of Four's reformation:

Here's a selection of other tributes to the seminal post-punk musician:

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