August 14, 2020

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 who have reacted on social media to the passing of iconic bass player Pete Way.

The founder of UFO, WAYSTED 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.

Way was a much-loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike. Best known for his work with UFO, Pete'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's post-UFO work included collaborating with "Fast" Eddie Clarke from MOTÖRHEAD — 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. Pete'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.

Pete 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.

Way 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.

Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte, and his younger brother, Neill.

Image credit: Denim And Blether

"Oh my Dear Pete
You have left us.
I am so sad.
Your sweet existence has left us. I am in tears.
You were more than you...

Posted by Michael Schenker on Friday, August 14, 2020

Sad to hear of Pete’s passing I’ve known him a long time brill bass player lovely man and funny as hell a big inspiration for many musicians myself included RIP

Posted by The Real Biff Byford on Friday, August 14, 2020

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Very sad to hear of the passing of Pete Way today. The "Strangers In The Night" live album is hands-down one of my all-time favorites, and for me the highlight of the UFO lineup of that day. Pete and his girlfriend actually came to see Megadeth on the Clash of the Titans tour at the Birmingham NEC Arena in 1990 where Dave Mustaine and I had a brief conversation with him just before we took the stage that evening. It's always impactful to know your heroes are in the audience for your show, the same way I was for his show with Waysted opening for Iron Maiden several years before at Irvine Meadows, CA. Pete's look, his style, and his simple but powerful bass lines were a highly influential force to my own playing. He will be dearly missed....RIP! #ufo #peteway #waysted

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The news none of us ever wanted to hear.
R.I.P. Pete.

Posted by UFO on Friday, August 14, 2020

Our Sincere Condolences go out to Pete's Family and Friends
Peter Way - 7 August 1951 - 14 August 2020. R.I.P.😔
was an...

Posted by Girlschool on Friday, August 14, 2020

Iconic bass player, and a true rock’n’roll madman by all accounts. I can highly recommend his autobiography “A fast ride...

Posted by Michael Amott on Friday, August 14, 2020

Pete Way . UFO . Rest in Peace .

Posted by Simon Wright on Friday, August 14, 2020

Rest easy Pete, whenever I was in your company you always made me laugh !!

Posted by Ricky Warwick on Friday, August 14, 2020

RIP Pete Way Official

"I’m very sad today. My pal Pete Way has died. He was my hero when I was a kid I wanted to be...

Posted by Tesla the Band on Friday, August 14, 2020

I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Pete Way. He was a huge inspiration to Nikki Sixx, as well as many others!!!!...

Posted by John Corabi on Friday, August 14, 2020

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