R.I.P. Burke Shelley

2022-01-11 by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | 19 Comments
Welsh musician Burke Shelley, known for his work with heavy metal pioneers Budgie, has passed away in his sleep at the age of 71. The cause of death has not been disclosed; however, Shelley had faced a number of health issues in his later years, including Stickler syndrome and an aortic aneurysm. He is survived by his four children, including his daughter Ela who broke the news of his passing.

Budgie remain an incredibly important part of rock and metal history, as their music has inspired several legendary acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, Megadeth, and Alice in Chains. Alongside contemporaries such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, they were instrumental in the transition from hard rock to heavy metal; as such, they are generally regarded today as one of metal's foremost pioneers. Shelley's excellent bass work and high-pitched vocals - often compared to Rush's Geddy Lee - were crucial to the Budgie sound.

Check out the video below to listen to the band's most famous song, "Breadfan".



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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2022
12995 Comments


Dude was a legend :[

MrSirLordGentleman
January 11th 2022
14821 Comments


True legend. Amazing bassist and unique singer. Hopefully one day Budgie will receive the praise they deserve and be known for more than just "the band Metallica covered"

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2022
12995 Comments


Yeah, in hindsight, I probably should have added one of their deep cuts to the article too. Ah well, at least I can still edit it in

RunOfTheMill
January 11th 2022
4237 Comments


Dang this was a long time coming but still sucks. RIP

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2022
26830 Comments


I was just talking about their debut last week, RIP

Digging: Anna von Hausswolff - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2022
12376 Comments


RIP. Never Turn Your Back on a Friend is up there with the best '70s rock albums and that says a lot.

cloakanddagger
January 11th 2022
494 Comments


Huge RIP, everything from their debut to Bandolier is legendary 70s rock.

rockandmetaljunkie
January 11th 2022
9556 Comments


Rock in heaven, a rock legend he was!

Sabrutin
January 11th 2022
8187 Comments


RIP

CosmicHearse
January 11th 2022
9 Comments


I was working in a music shop and got talking to this guy and he asked me what I was into and I mentioned The Doors and Stooges and he told me when I get home check out Budgie - Parents. I had it written down, found it in my wallet a few weeks later but damn! One of my all time favourite tracks. Wish I saw him again to let he know i loved it. RIP Burke Shelley!

DePlazz
January 11th 2022
3370 Comments


RIP

LokitheTrickster
January 11th 2022
51 Comments


RIP. The early Budgie albums are some of the best rock albums of the 70s.

tigersbrokefree
January 11th 2022
302 Comments


Too good to only be known for a Metallica cover. Will have to jam some Budgie tonight RIP.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2022
9393 Comments


RIP, and I'm almost embarrassed I haven’t listened a whole Budgie album.

Digging: Kold Front - Kold Front

KevinKC
January 12th 2022
986 Comments


Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman and Guts might be the two songs my dad has listened to the most in his entire life.

sonictheplumber
January 12th 2022
14272 Comments


queef!!

normaloctagon
January 12th 2022
8033 Comments


rip

Digging: MF DOOM - Special Herbs 7,8

Nagrarok
January 12th 2022
8654 Comments


RIP. His vocals were fantastic and gave Budgie a lot of character. Their earlier work should be considered essential listening.

They're also my budgie's favourite band. He will be sad.

ChaoticVortex
January 12th 2022
1258 Comments


RIP.



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