Music world pays tribute to Kiko Loiacono following tour manager’s death

"The most legendary tour manager and beautiful friend that anyone could ask for"

The music world has paid tribute to tour manager Kiko Loiacono following news of his death this weekend.

Loiacono, who served as tour manager for acts such as The Growlers, Shame and Tim Burgess, died on Saturday (November 12), though the cause of his death has not yet been made public.

“Our friend @drkiko68 died yesterday. He gave his life to rock and roll & left wing politics,” Primal Scream wrote in an Instagram post. “A beautiful cat. His Kiko Bus was legendary. He criss crossed Europe taking many independent rock bands on adventures they will never forget.

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“He drove @bo_ningen_band on Primals UK tour in 2017 – was great to have his positivity and cheer on the road with us. A true believer – he will be missed by many. ‘Bandiera rosse la trionferra’.”

Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite wrote: “Got the awful news that my dear friend @drkiko68 died today. He was a one off. A true believer in music, love and friendship. He was such a champion for all of his friends and was always the best company. The world is a much duller place without him around. Kiko Forever.”

Tim Burgess paid tribute to Loiacono in his own post, writing that he was “the most legendary tour manager and beautiful friend that anyone could ask for.”

You can read more tributes shared for the late tour manager below.

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Last month, Loiacono posted about being on tour with Bass Drum Of Death and The Lemonheads, writing: “The tour with @bassdrumofdeath and @thelemonheadsofficial is fab. Great vibes. Everyone is so nice. @bassdrumofdeath are a great (splendid) surprise and watching them and the lemonheads every night is emotional.

“Thanks to @t_ontour and everyone else and to @evangriffithdando for dedicating the “buddy’s song” every night. Courtney Love’s version of “Into your arms” was mint! And I’ll always respect her for standing against Weinstein since the 90’s.”

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