Gary Tibbs

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Gary Tibbs
Born (1958-01-25) 25 January 1958 (age 63)
Origin Northwood, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Genres New wave, post-punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass
Associated acts Adam and the Ants, Zu Zu Sharks, Merrick & Tibbs, Code Blue, The Believers, Roxy Music, The Vibrators, The Fixx, Aztec Camera, Brian May

Gary Tibbs (born Gary Brian Tibbs, 25 January 1958) is a bass guitarist and actor. He is best known as a member of Adam and the Ants and Roxy Music. [1] He appeared alongside Hazel O'Connor in the film Breaking Glass as bass guitarist Dave.

Tibbs was born in Northwood, London. He was a member of Adam and the Ants, and is mentioned by name in the lyrics of the band's UK top ten hit "Ant Rap". At various times he was a member of Zu Zu Sharks, Code Blue, The Believers, Roxy Music, The Vibrators and The Fixx. He first played on The Fixx's 2003 album, Want That Life . Tibbs also played on selected tracks on Brian May’s 1993 solo album Back to the Light .

He also formed a band called Merrick and Tibbs with Chris Hughes (a.k.a. Merrick), just after leaving Adam & the Ants. They released a single in 1982 entitled "Call of the Wild". In the early 1990s, Tibbs formed The Believers with drummer Manny Elias and guitarist Andy Skelton; they released one album in 1992, entitled "Extraordinary Life." The album was produced by Greg Ladanyi, and featured C. J. Vanston on keyboards and organ. [2]

In February 2008, Tibbs left The Fixx upon the return of the band's previous bassist, Dan K. Brown.

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  1. "Gary Tibbs Credits". VivaRoxyMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. "The Believers (16)".
Preceded by
Kevin Mooney
Adam and the Ants bassist
Succeeded by
Chris Constantinou