69 years old was Pete Way, who passed away on Friday, August 14 at 11:35 a.m. British time. He had been in an accident two months ago and has been fighting for his life ever since. He has died with his wife Jenny by his side. He had two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte, and a little brother, Neill.
Way will always be remembered as the bass player for UFO, but he was also a member of the Ozzy Osbourne band or the Michael Schenker Group, and he rode Fastway with “Fast” Eddie Clarke (Motorhead). We also have a special affection for him as he passed through the Mediterranean Studios in Ibiza to record with Wasted.
Pete also had a remarkable facet after the controls, working for Twisted Sister or Cockney Rejects. However, he had put himself under the command of Mike Clink, the producer of Guns N ‘Roses’s’ Appetite for Destruction’, to record ‘Walking on the Edge’ , an album that is still pending publication but we do not doubt that he will end up seeing the light. The bass player had had serious health problems in recent years. He lived with liver problems probably derived from alcohol abuse, he had prostate cancer and in 2016 he suffered a heart attack that he himself attributed to a lifetime of taking cocaine. It so happens that in the last year and a half, UFO guitarists Paul Raymond and Paul Chapman also died. There are many ex-teammates or simply by profession who have wanted to say goodbye to him. We highlight a few of them.
UFO: “The news that none of us ever wanted to hear. RIP Pete ”.
Kirk Hammett (Metallica): “Pete Way was always a huge influence on me, musically he was uncompromising, and he was a great performer. He had a unique feeling and wrote some of my favorite songs of all time. My heart goes out to all his friends and family.
” Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), who plays in UFO tribute band Flight To Mars: “I am saddened to learn that one of my favorite bassists, UFO’s Pete Way, passed away today. UFO’s live album ‘Strangers in the Night’ is one of the best and I am grateful because that album helped me grow in music and as a guitarist ”.
Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe): “RIP rock star. One of my main influences. I’ll hear some UFO tonight. I post this very sad. Of all the people I know and have toured with, Pete was the funniest person in his day and he was still a good friend. “Lights Out in London,” says it all.
” Michael Schenker: “Oh my dear Peter, you have left us. I’m so sad. Your sweet existence has abandoned us. I’m crying. You were more than you probably knew. All the people I know loved you. I am so, so sad. I love you, Pete. May God bless you forever. Rest in peace, my dear friend. My condolences to all your loved ones. From all my heart. Fly and enjoy Heaven ”.
Biff Byford (Saxon): “This is sad after knowing that Pete, whom I had known for a long time, has left us. Brilliant, lovable, fun-loving bass player. A great inspiration for many musicians, myself included ”. Saxon: “We are all so sad to learn that our friend Pete Way has left us this morning.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to Pete’s family and loved ones. Biff, Paul, Nigel, Nibbs & Doug ”.
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath): “This year it just keeps getting worse. Pete Way, one of the metal “characters” and fellow Aston Villa fan, has left us. He was supporting Deadland Ritual on the London show. A very funny guy. RIP Pete ”.
legendary Pete Way. He was the prototype badass bassist from early hard rock and metal who was sure to inspire guys like Steve Harris and Nikki Sixx. ‘Strangers in the Night’ is still one of my all-time favorite albums.
” David Ellefson (Megadeth): “I’m very sad to hear that Pete Way has left us today. The live album ‘Strangers in the Night’ is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorites, and for me, the zenith of that UFO line-up.
Pete and his girlfriend went to see Megadeth on the Clash of the Titans tour at Birmingham’s NEC Arena in 1990, and Dave Mustaine and I had a brief conversation with him just before going on stage that night. It is always impressive to know that your heroes are in the concert audience, just as I had been watching his show with Waysted opening for Iron Maiden several years before in Irvine Meadows, California.
Pete’s look, his style, and his simple yet powerful bass lines were a huge influence on my playing. He will be sorely missed… RIP! ”.
Cheap Trick: “Rest in Pete, Pete Way. From your Cheap Trick friends ”.
Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N ‘Roses): “RIP Pete Way. One of my favorite and best-looking bassists. If I played bass I would play a Thunderbird at the knees too.
Thanks for all those UFO records. Pete Way, find peace with your lights. ” Frank Bello (Anthrax): “RIP Pete Way… Thank you forever for your inspiration and for giving me everything that I am as a bass player, and for being so cool to me every time we’ve met.
You will be missed. ” Charlie Benante (Anthrax): “Today we lost a legend, Pete Way, you will always be the coolest rock star.” Chris Slade: “RIP Pete Way. I had known Pete for many years and worked with him in a band called Damage Control with Robin George. “