New Zealand-born guitarist and former member of Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls and Beasts Of Bourbon, Spencer P. Jones, has died after being diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer earlier this year.
Jones’ wife Angie Louise Jones confirmed his death in a statement overnight, saying:
“My husband, my partner, my soulmate and my friend Spencer Patrick Jones passed away peacefully earlier this evening holding my hand after being sung a beautiful song by Angela Howard.
“It was truely beautiful and he is now at peace with his brothers in arms Brian H Hooper & Ashley Morgan Jones.”
Back in June, the Jones family announced doctors had found a tumour in Spencer’s liver, and said he had been given less than six months to live.
Jones, who also performed with bands like The Escape Committee, The Johnnys, The Nothing Butts and as a solo artist during his career, was involved in Australia’s punk and garage rock scene since the 1970s.
His death comes after his former Beasts Of Bourbon bandmate Brian Hooper died in April.
Read a series of tributes to Spencer P. Jones, below.
Very sad to hear of the death of legendary guitarist and songwriter Spencer P. Jones. A giant of Australian music. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones tonight. x
— Double J Mornings (@doublejmornings) August 21, 2018
RIP Spencer P Jones. Legend of Australian guitar and mischief. https://t.co/9vCQ4mXkvJ
— Lindsay McDowens (@doctormcdougall) August 21, 2018
Vale Spencer P Jones … axeman from The Johnny’s, X, Beasts of Bourbon, Paul Kelly band and so many more… Such a legend.. such a sad loss for Australian music. Love to Angie and family. #fuckcancer.
— Jane Gazzo (@JaneGazzo) August 21, 2018
Spencer P Jones was very good to me when I started writing about music and doing radio. He was a good man, a great painter and a truly great musician. That he surrounded himself with young talent in later line-ups shows his eternal quest for creating. A true artist. RIP SPJ ❤️
— Jess Isolate-don’t-procrastinate Lilley 💾 (@lilleyjuice) August 21, 2018
My dad named me after Spencer P. Jones, I've grown up with his songs in my life from day one. An underrated Australian guitar legend. RIP.
— ImSpencer77 (@ImSpencer77) August 21, 2018