Dave Mustaine Pays Tribute to Budgie’s Burke Shelley: “Thank You for Your Music”

MEGADETHit is Dave Mustaine paid tribute to singer/bassist Burke Shelley legendary Welsh rockers Budgie died on January 10 at the age of 71.

Earlier in the day (Saturday January 15), the sexagenarian Mustaine taken to his Twitter write: “I heard Burke Shelley deceased. I am saddened by the loss of a very great musician. I would like to know him. I would say, ‘Thank you for your life, your inspiration and your music.'”

Mustaine talked about his love for Budgie several times in the past, including in an interview with Kerrang! when he recalled how he landed a gig as METALLIC‘s guitarist in 1981. “I called Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] after seeing the ad in The Recycler and told him that I was listening MOTOR. I also said that I liked Budgie and [in a mock Danish accent] he replied, ‘You like to fuck’ BODGIE, man?’ He looked excited about it. So I met him at his house in Newport Beach, and it was great fun. I was in the garage where everything was installed. I was warming up and the guys were in the other room listening. Eventually I got tired of waiting for them, so I walked in and asked if they were willing to audition me. They told me, ‘No, you have the job.’ So I was like, ‘Great! Alright let’s go.'”

METALLIC was one of many high profile groups that spanned Budgie classics over the years: “Crash Course in Brain Surgery” appeared in 1987 “Garage Days Re-visited”, and “Bread fan” was the B side of “Reaper of Despair” single in 1988.

Ulrich also paid tribute to Shelly, writing on his instagram: “Thank you burk for all you have done for heavy music and much next level appreciation for co-writing and creating two songs that METALLIC have had the honor of recording over the years, ‘Bread fan’ and “Crash Course in Brain Surgery”.”

Two years ago, Shelly said he suffered from an aortic aneurysm – a dangerous and abnormal swelling of the main artery that supplies blood to the body. He also suffered from Stickler Syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause serious vision, hearing and joint problems. At the time, he told Wales Online he had refused surgery due to the risk of it causing irreparable damage to his spine.

“I want to live what’s left of my life and not be paralyzed,” he said. “I have faith in God and I have no worries about where I’m going. So I’ll just go when He decides to take me, and in the meantime I’ll keep doing what I want to do. C is simple as that.”

Shelly said the operation he underwent in 2010 for an aortic aneurysm damaged his diaphragm, leaving him unable to sing properly.

Often considered a cross between BLACK SABBATH and RUSH, the underrated outfit has influenced countless acts, despite countless line-up changes throughout their history.

The band originally formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales, consisted of Shelly (vocals, bass), Tony Bourge (guitar) and Ray Phillips (drums), and by the early 1970s they had signed a deal with MCA records.

This first programming remains Budgieis the most definitive, due to the fact that it spawned three of the band’s best albums – 1971’s self-titled debut, 1972 “Bawl” and 1973 “Never turn your back on a friend” – while the band’s original song titles have become something of a trademark for the trio (songs such as “Disintegrated Naked Skydiver Woman”, “Warm as a docker’s armpit”, “In the hand of a tire fitter” and “You are the greatest thing since powdered milk”).

Despite building a sizable following in their home country (never breaking out of cult status in the United States), Phillips left the group before their fourth album, 1974 “To kill him!”, replaced by newcomer Pete Boot, which would in turn set off a wave of regular line-up changes over the years for the band (the one constant Budgie member from the beginning was Shelly). Other versions were released throughout the 70s, including the 1975s “Bandolier”.

Shelly and the company would stay together for a few more years before quietly breaking up in the mid-80s. But almost as soon as they disbanded bands started covering Budgie classics, including IRON MAIDEN (“I can’t see my feelings”), while on his club debut FROM HALEN was known for covering the title track of “To kill him!”


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