Iggy Pop pays tribute to guitarist Ricky Gardiner

Iggy Pop pays tribute to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner after his death age 73 – following ‘long battle’ with Parkinson’s

Iggy Pop has led the tributes to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner after he passed away at the age of 73.

His death was confirmed on Sunday by American record producer Tony Visconti, who wrote on Facebook that he was informed of Ricky’s passing by his wife Virginia.

Ricky, who also formed the progressive rock band Beggars Opera in 1969, played guitar on Bowie’s 1977 album Low, which was co-produced by Tony. 

Sad: Iggy Pop has led the tributes to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner after he passed away at the age of 73 (L-R Iggy Pop, Ricky Gardiner and David Bowie perform live in 1978 in San Francisco)

Tony wrote on social media announcing the death: ‘Another guitar genius and personal friend passed into the next world last night. 

‘Ricky Gardiner, who joined David Bowie for the albums Low and Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, ended a long battle with Parkinson’s. His multi-talented wife Virginia sent me an email this morning.’

Ricky first met Iggy while recording Low at the Château d’Hérouville in France, and then became a member of his live band.

Iggy’s tribute read: ‘Dearest Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coveralls, nicest guy who ever played guitar.’

Star: Ricky, who also formed the progressive rock band Beggars Opera in 1969, played guitar on Bowie’s 1977 album Low (Bowie pictured in 1992) 

Pals: Ricky first met Iggy (pictured) while recording Low at the Château d’Hérouville in France, and then became a member of his live band

Tough news: His death was confirmed on Sunday by American record producer Tony Visconti (pictured), who wrote on Facebook that he was informed of Ricky’s passing by his wife Virginia

Difficult: Tony wrote on social media announcing the death: ‘Another guitar genius and personal friend passed into the next world last night’

‘Thanks for the memories and the songs, rest eternal in peace.’

The guitarist later worked on Iggy’s Lust For Life album in 1977, co-writing songs including The Passenger, Success and Neighbourhood Threat.

He also played the lead guitar on many tracks in Lust For Life. 

Ricky also worked as a solo artist and released such records as The Flood in 1985, Precious Life in 1987 and 2015’s Songs For The Electric in 2015. 

Sweet: Iggy’s tribute read: ‘Dearest Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coveralls, nicest guy who ever played guitar’

From the 1970s, Gardiner played and composed in a variety of music styles, including ambient, classical, and rock. 

In 1995 Gardiner fell ill and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which restricted the amount of time he could spend with computer devices while recording music.

He believed that he contracted the illness through exposure to high levels of computer radiation and magnetic fields.

Poorly: In 1995 Ricky (pictured) fell ill and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which restricted the amount of time he could spend with computer devices while recording music

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