UFO bass player Pete Way’s death was confirmed in a Facebook post today. The news comes after the musician suffered “life-threatening injuries” in an accident earlier this summer.
The statement shared onto the social media page read: “Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.
“He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.
“Pete 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.”
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They continued: “His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalogue 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 bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne.”
Fans have since flocked to social media to offer their condolences following the news of Pete’s death.
One person commented: “RIP Pete Way . A huge influence on late 70s , 80s rock and metal bassists. Pete was a huge force in the classic UFO lineup with some really tasty bass lines.”
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Another person commented: “Pete is one of my all time favorite bassists, massively influential to many, and was a sweetheart of a guy. RIP Pete. I am crushed.”
“Pete Way. Crazy talented, positively wild and an absolute showman through and through, who had such a massive influence on so many. The world is definitely a much sadder place without you in it. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, may you rest easy, Pete,” a third person commented.
While a fourth person added: “Pete Way of UFO has left us today. Rest now. No more pain no more worries dear sir. R.I.P.”
Pete had a long and varied career and he is best known for being one of the co-founders of UFO, helping start the band in 1968.
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He went on to play in the group for 31 years, playing on their most classic material.
The musician was known as a founding member of Waysted, Fastway and his Pete Way Band, as well as for playing with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne.
He also earned producer credits for working with the likes of Twisted Sister and Cockney Rejects.
More recently, Pete had finished a solo album called Walking on the Edge and published the biography A Fast Ride Out of Here in 2017.
Speaking about what he hoped his legacy would be, Pete told Antihero last year: “Well, I just love to play rock music, you know. I’m old now.
“I pretend I’m not old but you look back and you go, you can’t, sort of not count the years.”
He added: “I don’t know. I’ve had a unique opportunity to play with some very good people.”
Pete is survived by his two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.