Remembering Geordie Walker: A Tribute to a Musical Legend

The world of rock music is mourning the loss of a true icon, as news breaks of the passing of Killing Joke guitarist Geordie Walker. At the age of 64, Geordie bid farewell after succumbing to a stroke, leaving behind a legacy that has profoundly influenced the landscape of rock and industrial music.

A Devastating Announcement

The devastating news was first shared by Martin Atkins, former Killing Joke drummer and collaborator with Geordie in Murder, Inc. In an emotional Instagram post, Atkins announced, “Geordie Walker has left the building.” Subsequently, the band posted their own confirmation on Instagram, revealing that the legendary guitarist passed away on November 26th, 2023, at 6:30 am in Prague, surrounded by his family.

Geordie’s Enduring Impact

Geordie Walker’s significance in the music industry cannot be overstated. As one of the two constant members of Killing Joke, alongside vocalist Jaz Coleman, his musical journey began in response to Coleman’s Melody Maker advertisement in 1979. Geordie’s distinctive riffing style, characterized by its simplicity, repetition, and minimalism, played a pivotal role in transforming Killing Joke into a cult band of immense importance in rock music history.

Shaping the Sound of a Genre

Killing Joke’s influence reverberates across the foundations of industrial music, and their impact extends to some of the biggest bands in the industry. Metallica paid homage by covering “The Wait” from Killing Joke’s self-titled 1980 album. Meanwhile, Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” riff echoes the unmistakable style of KJ’s classic “Eighties.” The band’s reach extends to collaborations with heavyweights like Dave Grohl of Nirvana, who played on Killing Joke’s remarkable 2003 self-titled album.

A Unique Style Recognized by All

Geordie Walker’s unique guitar style earned accolades and admiration from a plethora of artists spanning various genres. Bands like Lamb Of God, Ghost, Guns N’ Roses, Tool, Creeper, Paradise Lost, Nine Inch Nails, and Ministry have all paid tribute to Killing Joke, underscoring Geordie’s indelible mark on the world of music.

Kerrang! extends Condolences

In the wake of this tragic loss, Kerrang! extends its deepest condolences to Geordie’s family, bandmates, and friends. The legacy of Geordie Walker lives on through the timeless music he created, and his impact on the rock genre will resonate for generations to come.


In conclusion, Geordie Walker’s departure marks the end of an era in the realm of rock music. His contributions to Killing Joke and the broader music scene have left an indelible imprint, ensuring that his legacy will endure as a guiding influence for aspiring musicians. As we bid farewell to a true musical pioneer, let us celebrate the life and lasting impact of Geordie Walker. Rest in peace, brother.

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