Member of indie band TV on the Radio
Gerard Smith, bass player for Gotham indie rock outfit TV on the Radio, died this morning from lung cancer. He was 34.The band confirmed his passing in a short statement on their website, saying, “We will miss him terribly.” Currently in the middle of a national tour without Smith, the group also announced that the next five concert dates will be cancelled. Initially formed in 2001 as a two-person act comprising principal creatives Dave Sitek and Tunde Adebimpe (guitarist-songwriter Kyp Malone soon joined), TV on the Radio recorded a number of underground EPs and one full-length without Smith, though he joined them on tour and was featured prominently on 2006’s Interscope release “Return to Cookie Mountain,” which launched the band into widespread consciousness and was named album of the year by Spin magazine. Smith became an official band member shortly thereafter and played on 2008 release “Dear Science,” which hit No. 12 on the Billboard album charts and was named album of the year by the Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop poll, as well as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian and others. The band announced his cancer diagnosis in March, just weeks before the release of most recent record “Nine Types of Light,” on which he played. According to album liner notes, Smith contributed piano, keyboard, synths, vocals, guitar and electric sitar — as well as his customary bass guitar — to the band’s recordings.