Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Biff Byford (SAXON), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Stephen Perkins (JANE’S ADDICTION) and Andrew Freeman (LAST IN LINE) are among the rockers wh…
(BLACK SABBATH), Biff Byford
(SAXON), Gilby Clarke
(GUNS N' ROSES), David Ellefson
(MEGADETH), Frank Bello
(ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante
(ANTHRAX), Stephen Perkins
(JANE'S ADDICTION) and Andrew Freeman
(LAST IN LINE) are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of iconic bass player Pete Way
The founder of UFO
and, more recently, THE PETE WAY BAND
died earlier today (Friday, August 14) at the age of 69. He sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35 a.m. BST. His wife, Jenny
, was at his side.
was a much-loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO
's energetic live performances were at the heart of the band's countless world tours. His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalog of enduring rock classics upon which UFO
's reputation and legacy were founded. Pete
work included collaborating with "Fast" Eddie Clarke
— the two putting together FASTWAY
with HUMBLE PIE
drummer Jerry Shirley
— and playing bass for his longtime friend Ozzy Osbourne
. He then put together his own band WAYSTED
's keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as TWISTED SISTER
and the COCKNEY REJECTS
had recently finished a solo album, "Walking On The Edge"
, with producer Mike Clink
(GUNS N' ROSES
' "Appetite For Destruction"
, among many more). He had a biography published, "A Fast Ride Out Of Here"
, in 2017, and an album, "Amphetamine"
, which is currently out on Cargo Records
had dealt with a number of health issues in recent years. In 2016, he suffered a heart attack, two years after he was given the all-clear following a battle with prostate cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2013. Way
was diagnosed during a routine check on his liver, which had been damaged over the years through hepatitis. The abdominal scan picked up the tumor on his prostate.
is survived by two daughters, Zowie
, and his younger brother, Neill
Image credit: Denim And Blether