Ex-Kinks keyboardist, Ian Gibbons, has passed away at the age of 67.
"To simply say Ian will be missed would be an understatement," co-founder and lead vocalist of the band, Ray Davies expressed in a statement. "When he auditioned for the band, he only played a few chords before I knew he was the right guy to have on keyboard, he seemed to know the right voicing to musically slot in between the other members of the band. And with the Kinks, that took some doing!"
Gibbons became part of the band in 1979 and played keys on many hit songs such as 'Come Dancing', 'Destroyer,' 'Do It Again', and 'Don't Forget to Dance.' He left The Kinks in 1989 but rejoined for a short stint in 1993. In the last few years, he had performed with ex-bandmates in a band called Kast Off Kinks.
News of Gibbons' death was confirmed via Kast Off Kinks' website. "It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of Ian Gibbons. Deepest sympathy to Nadia and all Ian's friends and family."
Davies described Gibbons as a brilliant musician who would "willingly try out the most random musical idea I would throw at him. Being in a band is like being in a family, and today it is as though we have lost a family member."
"Right now I'm thinking of his smile, his cheeky chappie sense of humour and generous grin that made you feel it was ok, even though there was an eight hour bus ride ahead after a long show and the air conditioning has broken down."
The band's guitarist, Dave Davies added that Gibbons always had a positive attitude while recording albums and being on tour apart from being a great professional.
"In the many years he worked with the Kinks, he added great color and dimension to the Kinks' music and he was a good friend," Dave said. "I'll miss him greatly. Lots of love to his family and friends at this difficult time."
Gibbons passed away on 1st August 2019 from bladder cancer.