David Fitzgerald, guitarist and founding member of The Telescopes, has died.
The musician’s band mates – Stephen Lawrie, JB Zurbach, David Griffin, and John Lynch – have been paying tribute, remembering the ‘unforgettable memories and incredible music’ he left behind.
The band shared a tribute on their Facebook page, as well as a link to a Telescopes cover recorded by Fitzgerald’s most recent band Junkyard Liberty.
It reads: ‘For David Fitzgerald, the first noise guitarist with The Telescopes and a main protagonist of its cause from the very beginning.
‘For the unforgettable memories and the incredible music he left behind and to light his way on the journey ahead.
‘This is David’s band of recent years turning their attention to the B side of our first ever record together. Infinite love.’
They added on Twitter: ‘Rest in noise punk soul brother’.
Fans have also paid tribute, with one writing: ‘Terrible news. RIP Dave,’ and another adding: ‘Such sad news. RIP Dave.’
Another added on Twitter: ‘Sad to hear about David Fitzgerald has passed away. an original guitarist from one of my favourites band all of time @kickthewall. thanks Dave from music and beautiful noise, rest in easy#thetelescopes #davidfitzgerald #creationrecords #chereerecords.’
The Telescopes formed in 1987, releasing their debut singles in 1988 and their album Taste in 1989.
They went on to release 11 more albums over the years, later becoming an experimental band specialising in electronic soundscapes.
While Fitzgerald went on to work on other projects, including Junkyard Liberty, the main band has continued to release music.
They’re set to release their album Songs of Love and Revolution in 2021.
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