R.I.P. GERARD SMITH of TV ON THE RADIO

After a battle with lung cancer, TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith has passed away. This is a terrible loss for both the band and the Brooklyn music scene. The band has posted the following statement 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.”

As a bartender, I had the pleasure of meeting Gerard a few times when he would frequent my bar. One memory I have always remembered was when The Stone Poneys’ “Different Drum” came on my iPod. I skipped the song because I had already played it earlier. Gerard asked me why I would skip such a great song. After the current song finished, I replayed it for him and he smiled really big and started singing along. It was a beautiful moment with someone I admired so much. So Gerard, this one is for you…

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