Tributes to Pete Gentil: 'Mr Rock n Roll personified'
TRIBUTES have been paid to the bass player from a Cotswolds heavy rock group who was killed in a motorcycle accident on Saturday.
Pete Gentil, 52, from Cirencester, was on the B4425 at Ampney Coln, near Bibury, when he was in a collision with a deer.
Mr Gentil’s ex-wife, Kim, who is the mother of his two sons, Charlie and Freddie, wrote on her Facebook page a moving tribute.
She said: “ Please pray for my children.. Charlie and Freddy.. but most of all please pray for Pete’s wife Sarah, who will be feeling a loss that no-one else can feel. My days and appointed time with Pete were happy, and he gave me two beautiful sons. Sarah’s time is now and I ask all who know her to send love and prayers for her unimaginable grief.... love you Sarah xx”
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Other people who knew Mr Gentil also paid tributes on the Facebook page Spotted in Cirencester
Mary Walker said: “Always proud of the local guys made good. Gentil by name & gentle by nature x”
Debbie Ward made reference to Mr Gentil’s love of rock music “The man was Rock ‘n’ Roll personified. Rest in peace Pete. X”
Mr Gentil began his career in rock as a founder member of Axe Victims, with singer Trevor Short and drummer Malcolm Hanselman. That group evolved into Lone Wolf, which became Dealer after a dispute with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Dianno over rights to the name. Dealer, with Andy Powell having replaced Malcolm Hanselman came to widespread prominence after appearing on the HTV show Best Band West. And they were able to support acts like Gary Moore and Motorhead in concert.
The group released its first single Better Things to Do in 1983 and an album in 1986.
The band split up in 1988 with Mr Gentil and Andy Powell and Trevor Short forming another group Van Damne.
By the late 90s there was increased interest in Dealer, and several old demo recordings and tapes of live concerts were released on CD and on the internet.
Six CDs were made available which sold in the UKand through Europe and even the US and Japan.
In 2010 the band got back together for a reunion concert and in 2011 Dealer embarked on a tour of Russia, from St Petersburg to Cheboksary.