Inspiral Carpets have paid tribute after announcing the death of their drummer, Craig Gill. Liam Gallagher has also honoured him.
The ‘This Is How It Feels’ and ‘Dragging Me Down’ British alt-rock heroes took to Twitter to make the announcement that Gill had passed away, aged 44.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our drummer and close friend, Craig Gill,” said the band in a statement. “We are all absolutely devastated by the news. Craig was our brother.
“We were honoured to work alongside him for the last 30 years. To say we’ll miss him is an understatement.”
The band continued: “He was the beating heart of Inspirals in more ways that one. Our love and thoughts go out to all Craig’s family and friends, and especially his wife, Rose and their beautiful children Georgia, Orla and Levon.”
Band statement. pic.twitter.com/vIQ7XQSt1O
— Inspiral Carpets (@inspiralsband) November 22, 2016
Formed by Clint Boon, Gill would join Inspiral Carpets at the age of just 14 in 1986. He played with the band throughout their 90s heyday and remained when the band reformed to tour and record their self-titled, final album in 2014.
Away from the band, Gill had successfully built up his own business, Manchester Music Tours – taking people on bus and walking tours around the iconic music locations of Manchester for the likes of The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division, Stone Roses and many more.
Liam Gallagher has also paid tribute:
Stunned by the news of the death of Gilly my heart goes out to his family and band members LIVE FOREVER LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) November 22, 2016