It would be remiss of me not to pay tribute to the wonderful Manchester musician Andy Rourke, bass player for The Smiths.It’s a desperately sad loss. The Smiths meant so much to me and my generation.
His death was announced yesterday. He died aged just 59 from pancreatic cancer. Tributes have been paid by Morrissey, Johnny Marr, John Robb, Tim Burgess, Billy Bragg and Ryan Jarman, among many others.
He was a melodic, shimmering bassist, and also, post-Smiths, played with artists like Peter Hook, Sinead O’Connor and Mani from Stone Roses. Goodbye, Andy, it’s far too soon… we’ll meet you at the cemetery gates.