Jack White paid tribute to his former keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens during a performance he gave in London. Owens, who was White’s keyboardist during many of his tours and also featured as the keyboardist for the Mars Volta, passed away from a heart attack while on tour with Jack White in Mexico.
After a brief hiatus from the road to mourn the tragic passing of his friend and keyboardist “Ikey” Owens, Jack White paid tribute to Owens during a live concert performance held in London. After asking the audience to “give it up for Ikey,” White went into a rendition of the song “Love Interruption,” a song off of White’s first solo album Blunderbuss. Both Owens and White were founding members of their newest group collaboration, The Dead Weathers, who released a new single shortly before Owens’ passing.
A fan video of the performance emerged on YouTube, broadcasting the respect and admiration that White had for his fellow band member. Beginning roughly around the four-and-a-half minute mark, White proudly declared that, despite Owens’ passing, “he’s still here with us.”
Owens died of a heart attack while on tour with White and The Dead Weathers. No official investigation has occurred regarding the specifics of Owens’ death. Isaiah “Ikey” Owens was thirty-eight years old.