The rock world is mourning the death of drummer Craig Gill from The Inspiral Carpets. Former Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher has led tributes for the much respected 44-year-old who passed away on Tuesday. The cause of the drummer’s death is yet to be revealed.
Gill was a founding member of the dynamic Manchester based band, which also consists of Clint Boon, Stephen Holt, Graham Lambert, Martyn Walsh and Stephen Holt. They’ve described him as: “The beating heart of The Inspirals”, adding: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our drummer and close friend, Craig Gill. We are all absolutely devastated by the news.
Inspiral Carpets were formed in 1983 as an English alternative rock band. Their biggest hits include
Joe, This Is How It Feels, She Comes In The Fall, Dragging Me Down and Saturn 5. The band were a big draw on the exciting and now legendary Manchester scene of the late 1980’s and early to mid 1990’s.
Manchester Music presenter, Natalie-Eve Williams, from BBC Radio Manchester said: “To everyone who knew him and the legions of Inspirals fans, he was just Gilly – passionate about Manchester, always asking about new bands and educating people about the city’s rich musical heritage.
“His hugely popular tours had visitors from far and wide and he had total joy on his face when proudly telling stories of Liam Gallagher’s record-buying trips or Joy Division gathering on a bridge in the snow to create an iconic image – or indeed, tales of himself, as a young teenager in his beloved Inspiral Carpets.”
Summing up his tragic loss to the music industry, his band-mates said: “To say we’ll miss him is an understatement.”