TV On The Radio’s Gerard Smith RIP

TV On The Radio’s bass player Gerard Smith passed yesterday after suffering with lung cancer. The band have pulled 5 shows that were planned in the US and posted the following quote on their website:

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.

RIP

Dave Sitek joins Jane’s Addiction

Dave Sitek will be a member of Jane’s Addiction for the upcoming album.

The TV On The Radio man will help write the tracks as well as picking up bass duties throughout, replacing Duff McKagan who had left the band due to “creative differences”.

Whilst Sitek won’t be a full-time member of the band and is unlikely to tour, Perry Farrell has said that the band are “fully immersed in the process of making modern music. It has been a great experience thus far, and the results have so much potential.”

Watch this space for new material!