Jonathan Kirkpatrick Obituary, Death – Jake Kirkpatrick, a founding member of TAP and longtime bass player for the band, passed suddenly early this morning following a brief battle with sickness. The news has left us in a state of profound grief. Jake was there right at the beginning of the band’s creation, and he brought with him both his musical bass playing ability and his extensive understanding of music. Unfortunately for him, he was never able to get us to perform any Zappa, and he was also unable to be convinced that performing ABBA would be a good idea!
The oil projector we used during the Floyd gigs was his, and it was dozens of years old; as a result, his footprint on stage was wider than the drums. He was never happier than when he was bringing some antique piece of equipment out of storage for a show. We were never sure what elements would be incorporated into a production; for our Wall event, he was operating three amplifiers, each of which powered a separate piece of equipment. John Entwistle, bass guitarist for The Who, was the only guy I’ve ever known who owned more bass guitars than I did. He had an avid interest in everything that had to do with recording and technology, and he meticulously kept a record of everything that he had played on.
His studio is filled with recordings of virtually every gig that he has ever played. “I know this is a sad day, and one we knew we had to face, but I also know that Jake helped us all to build some very happy memories,” said Jake’s close friend and fellow TAP alumni Andy Hart this morning. because of things like music and camaraderie, as well as laughter and wonderful moments. I have faith that you will be able to get in touch with them in the days ahead, and I look forward to the day when we can all get together to honor his life. During this extremely difficult time, we want his wife Annie and son Rory to know that we are thinking of them and love them very much.