Ian Gibbons, second from right (Sony Music Entertainment)
Former Kinks keyboardist Ian Gibbons died today, August 1, at the age of 67. Gibbons’ death was announced on the official website of the Kinks spinoff group The Kast Off Kinks, which reported that he passed away suddenly.
Kinks guitarist Dave Davies posted a message on his Facebook page in response to the sad news, writing, “Totally devastated by the sudden loss [of] Kinks keyboardist Ian Gibbons.”
Ian played with the band from 1979 to 1989, then rejoined the group in 1993 and remained with them until their 1996 breakup.
Gibbons was a member of The Kinks during the band’s late-career resurgence, playing on such popular tunes as “Come Dancing,” “Better Things,” “Destroyer,” “Don’t Forget to Dance,” “State of Confusion” and “Do It Again.”
Gibbons also played with Ian Hunter and contributed to some solo projects by Dave Davies and by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
In 2008, Gibbons joined The Kast Off Kinks, a band that has featured various former Kinks members, including original drummer Mick Avory, keyboardist John Gosling and bassists John Dalton and Jim Rodford. Rodford died in January 2018 at age 76.
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