The vocalist and bassist Burke Shelley of legendary Welsh rockers Budgie recently passed away on Monday, January 10th at the age of 71. Now, the surviving members of Soundgarden have paid tribute to the late star. Soundgarden had previously revealed a possible new release teaser photo.
Soundgarden reflects on passing away of Burke Shelley
Soundgarden was one of several high-profile groups who covered Budgie classics over the years: The Chris Cornell-fronted outfit’s take on “Homicidal Suicidal” was released in 1992 as the B-side of the “Outshined” single and was included on the 2014 compilation album “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path”.
On Wednesday, January 12, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd took to Instagram and mourned the demise of Shelley. They wrote: “We are so sad to learn of the passing of Burke Shelley, the founding vocalist, bassist, keyboardist and songwriter for the influential and heavy UK rock band, Budgie.
“Budgie were early pioneers of blues based metallic rock, and were contemporaries of Black Sabbath. They never achieved the same degree of notoriety and success in the United States, but amongst rock musicians they were revered. They made their impression upon Soundgraden who covered their song, ‘Homicidal Suicidal’ for the Friday Rock Show BBC sessions in 1992. This track is included on 2014’s ‘Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path’. Burke Shelley was 71 years old. Peace eternal Burke; you will be missed.”
Soundgarden last performed live in January 2019 at the ‘I Am The Highway’ Chris Cornell tribute show with several guest singers. You can check out the Instagram post below:
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The news of Burke’s passing was shared Monday by his daughter Ela who send out a post on Facebook.
A couple years back Shelley had revealed that he was suffering from aortic aneurysm — a dangerous and abnormal swelling of the main artery that supplies blood to the body. He was also batting Stickler syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause serious vision, hearing and joint problems.