Being onstage was Skip Gildersleeve's job...he traveled all over the world in various musical capacities with some really major rock groups. Recently he was Bob Seger's guitar tech on his last tour. Skip worked with Rush, Kid Rock, Stray Cats, Brian Setzer, Steely Dan, and many other bands too numerous to list here.
I first met Skip online when I began working with Dennis Thompson in 2008. Skip asked for my mailing address and began sending me Detroit Rock care packages...Videos and Dvds and Cd's too. My favorite gifts from Skip was the BBC Motor City's Burning DVD and a documentary on CKLW the Big 8 Radio.
Skip was definitely happiest just off the radar... I really wanted to record some of his stories but he really didn't want the publicity...perhaps the bands might think ill of him if he told things out of school ya know?
Skip sent me some pretty cool stuff over the past 4 years but he really out did himself when he took pictures at a Kid Rock shoot in Trenton and sent them to me...I was ok to use the story and photos but no mention of Skip....I never told anyone until now.
Skip called me from the Rush concert where the stage was blown away.. I think it was Chicago or close by. He managed to send me photos for that story too. It was really incredible to hear that storm over the phone! Here all this chaos is going on and he thinks to call ME...mind blowing...
Many of our mutual friends are still reeling from the news that Skip passed away. Legendary Sound Man Nite Bob, one of Skip's great friends announced on his Facebook page that our friend had died. My friend rock photographer/blogger Heather Harris alerted me after she saw Bob's post.
Not much is known at this time. We will update this story as soon as we can get the funeral arrangements are posted.
Skip traveld on tons of these buses.... The great news is Skip lived his life doing exactly what he loved. Makes it a bit easier to say so long to him. He always had some cool gig coming up. Everyone whose live's he touched...loved him...he defined Detroit Rock, and to me such generosity of spirit.... :*( I loved you Skip...K
He was so damn funny....watch this...
Our thoughts and prayers are with Skip's family and friends in this sad time....