Shouting out TVOTR bassist Gerard Smith

By | April 21st, 2011 | No Comments

As many know by now, TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith died yesterday morning “following a courageous fight against lung cancer,” according to a message on the Brooklyn-born band’s website. “We will miss him terribly.” The Miami connection here is tenuous — or rather it is as strong as anywhere since the death of Smith at the age of 34 is a loss to TVOTR’s many well-deserved fans around the country. The band has canceled five dates on their Nine Types of Light tour (which is not scheduled to come through South Florida) presumably to grieve Smith’s far-too-early death, the cause of which makes Tunde Adebimpe’s desperate plea — “Lord, if you got lungs, come on shout me out” — in this Dear Science track that much more powerful.