King Diamond Pays Tribute To Budgie’s Burke Shelley

King Diamond Pays Tribute To Budgie’s Burke Shelley

King Diamond Pays Tribute To Budgie’s Burke Shelley


Danish heavy metallic singer King Diamond has paid tribute to vocalist/bassist Burke Shelley of legendary Welsh rockers BUDGIE who died on Monday, January 10 on the age of 71.

Earlier at this time, King took to his social media to put in writing: “Sad information that certainly one of my true heroes, Burke Shelley, has left us.

“I had the intense pleasure to fulfill in individual, Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge of BUDGIE, in Copenhagen Denmark, December 1975 in the course of the ‘Bandolier’ tour. They gave me after the present a promo postcard of theirs which I requested them to signal, and which remains to be certainly one of my most prized music associated possessions.

BUDGIE has at all times performed on my stereo, and that is not going to alter.”

The information of Burke‘s passing was shared Monday by his daughter Ela. She wrote on Facebook: “It is with nice unhappiness that I announce the demise of my father, John Burke Shelley. He handed away this night in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his beginning city. He was 71 years outdated. Please respect the household throughout this time.

“With love, His 4 kids: Ela, Osian, Dimitri and Nathaniel.”

Two years in the past, Shelley mentioned that he was affected by aortic aneurysm — a harmful and irregular swelling of the principle artery that provides blood to the physique. He was additionally batting Stickler syndrome, a genetic dysfunction that may trigger severe imaginative and prescient, listening to and joint issues. At the time, he informed Wales Online that he turned down surgical procedure due to the chance that it might trigger irreparable spinal injury.

“I need to reside what life I’ve left and never be crippled,” he mentioned. “I’ve received religion in God and haven’t any worries about the place I’m going. So I’ll simply go when He decides to take me and, within the meantime, I’ll keep on doing what I need to do. Simple as that.”

Shelley mentioned the surgical procedure he had in 2010 for aortic aneurysm resulted in injury to his diaphragm, leaving him unable to sing correctly.

Often regarded as a cross between BLACK SABBATH and RUSH, the underappreciated outfit has influenced numerous acts, regardless of enduring numerous line-up shifts all through their historical past.

The group initially shaped in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales, comprised of Shelley (vocals, bass), Tony Bourge (guitar) and Ray Phillips (drums), and by the early Nineteen Seventies they’d inked a cope with MCA Records.

This early lineup stays BUDGIE‘s most definitive, as a consequence of the truth that it spawned three of the group’s best albums — 1971’s self-titled debut, 1972’s “Squawk” and 1973’s “Never Turn Your Back On A Friend” — whereas the group’s quirky track titles turned considerably of a trademark for the trio (such ditties as “Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman”, “Hot As A Docker’s Armpit”, “In The Grip Of A Tyrefitter’s Hand” and “You’re The Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk”).

Despite constructing a sizeable following of their homeland (whereas by no means breaking out of cult standing stateside), Phillips left the group previous to their fourth album, 1974’s “In For the Kill!”, changed by newcomer Pete Boot, which might in flip set off a flurry of regular lineup adjustments through the years for the group (the one fixed BUDGIE member from the start was Shelley). Further releases had been issued all through the ’70s, together with 1975’s “Bandolier”.

Shelley and firm would stay collectively for just a few extra years earlier than splitting up quietly by the mid-’80s. But nearly as quickly as they disbanded, a number of high-profile teams started overlaying BUDGIE classics, together with METALLICA (“Crash Course In Brain Surgery” and “Breadfan”), IRON MAIDEN (“I Can’t See My Feelings”), whereas again of their early membership days VAN HALEN was recognized to cowl the title monitor from “In For The Kill!”

Sad information that certainly one of my true heroes, Burke Shelley, has left us. I had the intense pleasure to fulfill in individual, Burke…

Posted by King Diamond on Tuesday, January 11, 2022