Kate Bush pays tribute to bassist John Giblin, who has died aged 71


Kate Bush has shared an emotional tribute to her former bassist John Giblin, who has died on the age of 71.

The musician’s loss of life was confirmed in a Fb submit by the band Osibisa, with whom he had just lately collaborated.

Giblin handed away final Sunday (Might 14) in Cheltenham after “battling sickness”, in accordance with the group. The obituary went on to explain him as a “bass guitarist, double bass participant, arranger and all-round session musician extraordinaire”.

The musician’s longstanding partnership with Bush started when he performed bass on the legendary artist’s 1980 singles ‘Babooshka’ and ‘Respiratory’, each of which seem on her third album ‘By no means For Ever’.

Moreover, Giblin and Bush contributed bass and backing vocals, respectively, to Peter Gabriel‘s track ‘No Self Management’ that very same yr.

Giblin would go on to function on Bush’s information ‘The Sensual World’ (1989), ‘The Purple Sneakers’ (1993), ‘Aerial’ (2005), ‘Director’s Lower’ (2011) and ’50 Phrases For Snow’ (2011).

He was later chosen by Bush to carry out within the band for her long-awaited comeback exhibits at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in 2014. The residency, titled ‘Earlier than The Daybreak’, was captured on a stay album of the identical title.

Paying tribute to Giblin on her official web site, Bush wrote: “Everybody beloved John. He was a extremely lovely man in each sense of the phrase. Everyone needed to work with him as a result of he was such an ideal expertise and everybody needed to be his pal as a result of he was such an exquisite individual.

“I beloved John so very a lot. He was one in every of my very dearest and closest buddies for over forty years. We had been all the time there for one another. He was very particular. I beloved working with him, not simply because he was such a rare musician however as a result of he was all the time large quantities of enjoyable.”

Bush continued: “We might typically snort a lot that we needed to simply give in to it and sit and roar with laughter for some time. He beloved to be pushed in a musical context, and it was actually thrilling to really feel him cross that line and discover extremely attractive musical phrases that had been solely there for him. He would actually sing. It was such a pleasure and an inspiration to see the place he may take it.

“We’ve all misplaced an ideal man, an unmatchable musician and I’ve misplaced my very particular pal. My world won’t ever be the identical once more with out him. Kate.”

Giblin was born to a musical household in Bellshill, Scotland in 1952. Over the course of his prolonged profession, he additionally labored with the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Phil Collins, per the obituary shared by Osibisa.

In 1985, Giblin turned the bassist in Easy Minds following Derek Forbes’ departure from the group. He made his debut with the band at Stay Assist in Philadelphia. Gliblin carried out with Easy Minds on three albums earlier than returning to his former ardour as a studio musician.

“Fellow musicians, household, buddies, followers and the studio world generally have misplaced a very superb human being and musician who has actually left a deep musical legacy and a ravishing imprint for everybody he was concerned with,” the obituary continued.

“R.I.P. John, it was a pleasure and a privilege to work with you and we’re all going to overlook you. There actually is a gap on the planet with John’s passing.”

Earlier this month, it was introduced that Kate Bush will probably be inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame in 2023. The star stated in a press release that she was “utterly shocked on the information”, including: “It’s one thing I simply by no means thought would occur.”


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