Geordie WalkerDaniel DeSlover (ZUMA Wire)

Members Of Killing Joke, Faith No More, Godflesh & More Pay Tribute To The Late Geordie Walker


Several members of influential post-punk/industrial rock/new wave band Killing Joke have commented on the passing of their recent bandmate, Kevin “Geordie” Walker. The 64-year-old musician died in Prague, CZE this past Sunday, November 26th, days after suffering a stroke.

A co-founder of Killing Joke, Walker would go on to play with the likes of Murder, Inc. and The Damage Manual, while playing also serving two lengthy stints with Killing Joke. He remained a member of the latter outfit until his death.

Killing Joke vocalist Jaz Coleman stated of his passing:

“I spoke to Geordie last week. He began our hour-long conversation with “there he is,” and apart from a flu, he was in fine spirits and looking forward to the future with optimism. We reincarnated before and we will reincarnate again. I never left his side in 44 years. Tears”

Bassist Martin “Youth” Glover:

“He is now flying high with The Valkyries, on his way to the halls of Valhalla. He defined a generation or three with his genius. We are all honoured to have served with him and shared his vision of what the band could be.”

Drummer/vocalist Paul Ferguson:

“We are devastated by the news of our brother’s sudden passing. Our collective look forwards have come to naught and the maestro strummed his last glorious chords. I was honoured to play in the band with him, a rare talent and wit who suffered no fools. Rest In Peace Geords.”

Walker and Killing Joke‘s influence enraptured a generation of musicians, some of the tributes to have emerged for him include:

Godflesh‘s Justin K Broadrick:

Faith No More:

“As FNM we may have been musicians and made music together, but without Geordie’s influence, who knows what we would have become, no doubt something completely different. The sound, the flow, the groove, the power. He did what he did for 45+ years without losing his way, maintained a immutable sense of self, and always walked the walk. Musically speaking, he leaves a massive hole. Big respect.”

John Bechdel (Ministry, ex-Murder, Inc.):

“Farewell to the King. Goodbye Geordie.”

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