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Iggy Pop pays tribute to Scottish guitarist and David Bowiecollaborator Ricky Gardiner 2022

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

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

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

Sad: Iggy Pop has led tributes to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner when he died at the age of 73 (LR Iggy Pop, Ricky Gardiner and David Bowie perform live in San Francisco in 1978 )

Sad: Iggy Pop has led tributes to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner when he died at the age of 73 (LR Iggy Pop, Ricky Gardiner and David Bowie perform live in San Francisco in 1978 )

Sad: Iggy Pop has led tributes to Scottish guitarist and David Bowie collaborator Ricky Gardiner when he died at the age of 73 (LR Iggy Pop, Ricky Gardiner and David Bowie perform live in San Francisco in 1978 )

Tony announced the death on social media, writing: ‘Another guitar genius and personal friend passed away last night into the next world.

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

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

Iggy’s tribute read: ‘Dearest Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coverall, best boy who ever played guitar.’

The Star: Ricky, who also formed the progressive rock band Bagger's Opera in 1969, played guitar on Bowie's 1977 album Low (portrait of Bowie in 1992).

The Star: Ricky, who also formed the progressive rock band Bagger's Opera in 1969, played guitar on Bowie's 1977 album Low (portrait of Bowie in 1992).

The Star: Ricky, who also formed the progressive rock band Bagger’s Opera in 1969, played guitar on Bowie’s 1977 album Low (portrait of Bowie in 1992).

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

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

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

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

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

Hard news: His death was confirmed 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 announces death on social media, writes: 'Another guitar genius and personal friend passed on to the next world last night'

Difficult: Tony announces death on social media, writes: 'Another guitar genius and personal friend passed on to the next world last night'

Difficult: Tony announces death on social media, writes: ‘Another guitar genius and personal friend passed on to the next world last night’

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

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

He also played lead guitar on several tracks in Lust for Life.

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

Sweet: Iggy's tribute read: 'Dear Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coverall, best boy who ever played guitar'

Sweet: Iggy's tribute read: 'Dear Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coverall, best boy who ever played guitar'

Sweet: Iggy’s tribute read: ‘Dear Ricky, lovely, lovely man, shirtless in your coverall, best boy who ever played guitar’

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

In 1995, Gardiner fell ill and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which limited the amount of time he spent with computer equipment while recording music.

He believed he contracted the disease from exposure to high levels of computer radiation and magnetic fields.

The Bad: Ricky (pictured) fell ill in 1995 and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which limited the amount of time he spent with computer equipment while recording music.

The Bad: Ricky (pictured) fell ill in 1995 and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which limited the amount of time he spent with computer equipment while recording music.

The Bad: Ricky (pictured) fell ill in 1995 and developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity, which limited the amount of time he spent with computer equipment while recording music.


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