Gibbs, of Bentonville, Arkansas, will be remembered for serving his country, being a proud father and grandfather and for his positive outlook on life, even after learning he had cancer shortly after attending Edward Sharpe’s Big Top festival last October in Los Angeles.
On June 4, despite having radiation treatment that morning, Gibbs drove with his daughter and son-in-law to Columbia, Missouri to see ESMZ in concert. Gibbs said that his doctors advised him not to attend, but he was determined to see them anyway — even if he had to “wear a mask, gloves and gown so not to get sick.”
Gibbs arrived at the show during crash’s opening set and watched the rest of the concert from the VIP area. Janglin Souls was fortunate to meet up with him during the concert, and he assured us he would continue to fight until the end and not give up.
After the show, he posted these words on his Facebook page: “Life is hard. Come celebrate it with me. Thank you for singing this to me. Yes. Love you all.”
Gibbs had plans to travel to California this summer with his daughter and nephew, where he hoped to see some of his musical friends in the band and the beautiful deserts of the Southwest.
Janglin Souls offers our deepest condolences to Gibbs and his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
We would like to share with you two stories about Gibbs that Janglin Souls posted in March. The first article is his account of his experience during Big Top. The second is a Q&A we conducted with him in which he discusses his time in the service, his love for music and how he fell in love with ESMZ.
“What ESMZ do is beyond explanation,” he said. “People ask me, ‘Why do you love that group so much?’ I tell them unless you have seen them perform, you would never get it … They may not like people using the word genius when describing them, but they are. They have big hearts and they care about their fans that shows as well. I feel peace and love from them.”