Jack White pays tribute to keyboardist Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens at London gig

Owens passed away last week aged 39

Jack White has honoured keyboardist Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens, who passed away last month (October 14) while touring with White in Mexico.

Owens had regularly played alongside White in recent years and performed on the 2014 album ‘Lazaretto’. The Grammy Award winner was also known for his work with Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents, among others. He died from a heart attack, aged 39.

White subsequently cancelled the remainder of his tour dates in Mexico. Taking time out from his gig at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday (November 19), the former White Stripes frontman, as reported by Consequence of Sound, urged the audience to applaud in Owens’ memory.

“I want to dedicate this show to the keyboard player and beautiful musician we lost this year ‘Ikey’ Owens,” said White. “He’s still with us today,” he added before performing the song ‘Love Interruption’. Click below to watch fan-recorded footage of the tribute, which appears around the 5.00 mark.

Owens’ passing had been announced on White’s official website via a statement which read: “It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.”