Franz Ferdinand man adds to Bo Diddley tributes

Alex Kapranos acknowledges his revolutionary sound

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos this evening (June 2) paid tribute to revolutionary guitarist Bo Diddley, and revealed that he immediately put on a Bo Diddley record after hearing news of his death.

Kapranos, who is currently putting the finishing touches to the band’s third studio album in London told NME.COM:

“It’s rotten news about Bo Diddley. When I heard it I put ‘Road Runner’ on the record player. What a riff. What a guitarist – totally revolutionised the way the instrument was played with that loose sexy rhythm.”

Diddley died today after suffering heart failure. He had been ill for some time, having had a stroke in May 2007 while on tour in Iowa. He then had a heart attack in August of the same year.

Artists such as Slash, Albert Hammond Jr, and the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart all paid tribute to Diddley today.

Check out Bo Diddley’s greatest Youtube video clips on the NME Office Blog now.

For more on Bo Diddley and a biography visit or check out Bo Diddley’s Wikipedia entry.

Bo Diddley was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.

–By our New York staff.

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