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Killing Joke Guitarist Kevin 'Geordie' Walker passes away at 64

Updated: Apr 17

It is with extreme sadness we confirm that at 6:30 am on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Prague, Killing Joke's legendary guitarist Kevin 'Geordie' Walker passed away after suffering a stroke. He was surrounded by family.

Photo by Daniel DeSlover (ZUMA Wire)

Geordie was born in Chester le Street, Newcastle on December 18th, 1958, and began his career in the late ’70s with seminal post-punk act Killing Joke with whom he would go on to write and record 15 studio albums, earning worldwide critical acclaim and ferocious fanbase. Geordie’s utterly unique style drew widespread praise from fans and his peers alike. Rest In Peace.

JAZ: “I spoke to Geordie last week. He began our hour-long conversation with "there he is," and apart from a flu, he was in fine spirits and looking forward to the future with optimism. We reincarnated before and we will reincarnate again. I never left his side in 44 years. Tears”

YOUTH: "He is now flying high with The Valkyries, on his way to the halls of Valhalla. He defined a generation or three with his genius. We are all honored to have served with him and shared his vision of what the band could be."

PAUL FERGUSON: "We are devastated by the news of our brother’s sudden passing. Our collective look forwards have come to naught and the maestro strummed his last glorious chords. I was honoured to play in the band with him, a rare talent and wit who suffered no fools. Rest In Peace Geords."


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