King Diamond honors Budgie’s Burke Shelley

Danish heavy metal singer King Diamond paid tribute to the singer / bassist Burke Shelley legendary Welsh rockers BUDGIE died Monday, January 10 at the age of 71.

Earlier today, King took to his social media to write: “Sad news that one of my real heroes, Burke Shelley, has left us.

“I had the extreme pleasure of meeting in person, Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge of BUDGIE, in Copenhagen Denmark, December 1975 during the ‘Bandolier’ tower. They gave me after the show a promotional postcard of theirs which I asked them to sign, and which is still one of my most precious musical possessions.

BUDGIE always played on my stereo, and that’s not going to change. “

News from Burkethe death was shared on Monday by his daughter Is it over there. She wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He died this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his hometown. He was 71 years old. Please respect the family during this time.

“With love, His four children: Is it over there, Osian, Dimitri and Nathaniel. “

Two years ago, Shelley said he was suffering from an aortic aneurysm – a dangerous and abnormal swelling of the main artery that supplies the body with blood. He was also battling Stickler’s syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause serious vision, hearing, and joint problems. At the time, he told Wales Online he had refused the surgery due to the risk that it would cause irreparable damage to the spine.

“I want to live the life I have left and not be crippled,” he said. “I have faith in God and I don’t care where I go. So I’ll just go when He decides to take me and, in the meantime, I’ll just keep doing what I want to do. Simple as that. . “

Shelley said the operation he had in 2010 for an aortic aneurysm damaged his diaphragm, preventing him from singing properly.

Often regarded as a cross between BLACK SABBATH and RUSH, the underrated outfit has influenced countless artists, despite countless compositional changes throughout their history.

The group originally formed in 1967 in Cardiff, Wales, consisted of Shelley (low voice), Tony Bourge (guitar) and Ray phillips (drums), and by the early 1970s they had signed an agreement with MCA files.

This first range remains BUDGIEis the most definitive, due to the fact that it spawned three of the band’s best albums – the eponymous debut of 1971, 1972 “Bawl” and 1973 “Never turn your back on a friend” – while the band’s eccentric song titles have become somewhat of a hallmark for the trio (like songs like “Woman parachutist disintegrated naked”, “Hot as a docker’s armpit”, “In the grip of a tire fitter” and “You are the greatest thing since powdered milk”).

Despite the building of a significant number of followers in their country of origin (without ever leaving cult status in the United States), Phillips left the band before their fourth album, 1974 “To kill him!”, replaced by a newcomer Pete Boot, which in turn would trigger a wave of constant change over the years for the group (the only constant BUDGIE member from the start was Shelley). Other versions were released throughout the 1970s including the 1975s “Bandolier”.

Shelley and the company would stay together for a few more years before quietly breaking up in the mid-1980s. But almost as soon as they disbanded, several high profile groups began covering BUDGIE classics, including METALLIC (“Crash Course in Brain Surgery” and “Bread loaf”), IRON MAIDEN (“I don’t see my feelings”), when they started out in a club BY HALEN was known to cover the title song of “To kill him!”

Sad news that one of my real heroes, Burke Shelley, has passed away. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting in person, Burke …

Posted by King Diamond on Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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