Anthony Smith, a founding member of Icehouse, has passed away in Lismore.
Police were called to Smith’s residence after concerns by friends. Police have not released a cause of death but say they do not believe the death is suspicious.
In a statement, Icehouse announced, “Anthony was one of the early members of Flowers which became ICEHOUSE – he played keyboards on the debut Flowers Icehouse album as well as touring extensively with the band between 1979 and 1981. He went on to play and perform with many other musicians in the subsequent years including Matt Moffitt of Matt Finish and Peter Koppes of The Church among others.
“In recent years Anthony had been living in Northern New South Wales. Our thoughts go out to his family, loved ones and friends at this time”.
Iva Davies and Keith Welsh formed Flowers (later to become Icehouse) in 1977. Anthony joined in 1979, in time to join the band in the studio for their debut album ‘Icehouse’.
For the first release Flowers was the name of the band and ‘Icehouse’ was the name of the album. After its Australian release Flowers signed with international label Chrysalis and had to change their name because their was already another band called Flowers working out of Scotland.
Anthony left Icehouse before for the second album ‘Primitive Man’.