The former lead guitarist of The Telescopes, David Fitzgerald, has died aged 54.
Fitzgerald was one of the founding members of the band, who formed in Burton-upon-Trent in 1986, alongside frontman Stephen Lawrie. The guitarist initially started as the group’s bassist before making the switch to guitar. Fitzgerald played a crucial role on The Telescopes first two albums, 1989’s Taste and 1992’s The Telescopes before the group initially called it a day.
The Telescopes’ leader Stephen Lawrie confirmed that the musician passed away following a battle with cancer. In a statement provided to NME, Lawrie noted: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of David Fitzgerald, the first noise guitarist with The Telescopes and a main protagonist of its cause from the very beginning.
“We are thankful for the unforgettable memories and the incredible music he left behind,” he added. “As a noise guitarist David was born beyond the realm of natural vision, a true original, in a field of his own. David had been battling cancer for a while and true to form he fought until the end but was comfortable and among those closest to him.
“Our deepest condolences to all his family, friends and loved ones. We celebrate his life in loving memory. May infinite suns light his way on the journey ahead.”
Fitzgerald had recently been playing with his new band The Junkyard Liberty, the group released their debut album Chains in 2016 through Wrong Way Records.
On The Telescopes’ Facebook page, they shared a Junkyward Liberty track alongside a tribute to Fitzgerald, who they “the first noise guitarist with The Telescopes and a main protagonist of its cause from the very beginning”.
The post went on to thank him for “the unforgettable memories and the incredible music he left behind and to light his way on the journey ahead.”