Corbett’s demise was confirmed by his sister in a submit on his Fb web page. “Those that knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all misplaced a really proficient, humorous, sort and delicate soul,” she wrote. “The ache cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding.”
In mid-June, Corbett’s household revealed he was coping with a “very aggressive type of lung most cancers that has metastasized to his mind and hip.” They launched a GoFundMe marketing campaign to assist Corbett and his spouse, Lenora, who have been with out medical insurance cope with their residing bills and mounting medical prices.
Rising up in Brooklyn, within the ‘60s and ‘70s, Corbett took to music early, beginning piano classes at age 4. By the point he was 10, he was incomes cash enjoying non-public events on weekends. He progressed rapidly, performing in quite a lot of bands and enjoying many alternative types of music, together with a ‘40s-style massive group with members of The Tonight Present band.
The Hunter gig was short-lived; Corbett was simply filling in for Hunter’s common keyboard participant, Tommy Mandel. However he later said the expertise gave him the prospect to satisfy various key connections, together with Bruce and Bob Kulick, who had simply completed touring with Meat Loaf.
By the ‘80s, Corbett had grow to be an in-demand session participant within the New York Metropolis space. He wrote “She Bop,” a 1984 No. 3 Billboard hit for Cyndi Lauper, and likewise collaborated with Debbie Gibson and Martika.
He joined up with Lou Gramm when the Foreigner singer toured in help of his debut solo album, Ready or Not, in 1987. It was Gramm who really useful Corbett to Paul Stanley when he realized Kiss have been searching for a touring keyboardist.
Corbett first toured with Kiss on their 1987 Crazy Nights tour and maintained his position with the band by its 1992 travels in help of Revenge. He performed offstage, becoming a member of the legion of shadow gamers within the ‘80s and ‘90s who have been heard however not seen at Kiss reveals. “There appeared to be a development within the ’80s that bands didn’t need the picture of getting a keyboard participant onstage,” he defined throughout an interview with L.A. Weekly. “Some individuals suppose keyboards aren’t as a lot of a rock instrument as a guitar. Gene Simmons is certainly of that mindset.”
Seen or not, Corbett grew to become a precious a part of the onstage sound of Kiss, enjoying keys but additionally utilizing synths to fatten the group’s rhythm guitars and different devices. “These guys placed on such a present,” he stated in the identical interview. “Gene and Paul are operating round a lot, and typically the enjoying takes a backseat to the present. So to ensure that sure components to by no means cease, you reinforce Paul’s guitar components otherwise you’re doubling the bass on sure issues to fill out the underside finish.”
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He teamed up with Cinderella at first of the ‘90s, acting on their Heartbreak Station tour. He scored a platinum album for enjoying on the band’s Wayne’s World soundtrack monitor “Hot and Bothered,” which later appeared on their 1994 album, Nonetheless Climbing.
Corbett remained part of the Cinderella group, collaborating of their sporadic excursions in 2006, 2010 and 2011. Extra just lately, he was a part of the all-star collective Scrap Steel with the Nelson twins, Mark Slaughter, Lita Ford and others.
“Gary Corbett was a particularly proficient songwriter and keyboard participant who I had the pleasure to tour with throughout my Kiss years,” Bruce Kulick stated in an announcement. “He did three excursions with the band, and though he was offstage, his keyboard help, friendship and good nature made him really feel just like the fifth member of Kiss. … Gary can be missed.”
Corbett is survived by his spouse and household.
In Memoriam: 2021 Deaths
Remembering the musicians, actors, producers and others who’ve died in 2021.