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15 August 2020 02:41

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UFO bass player Pete Way has died aged 69 after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries in an accident two months ago which eventually led to his death. The legendary founder of the iconic rock band died with his wife Jenny by his side on Friday morning. Icon: UFO bass player Pete Way has died aged 69 after suffering 'life-threatening' injuries in an accident two months ago which eventually led to his death His passing was announced on the Pete Way Official Facebook page in a statement which read: 'Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died. 'Pete Way was a much loved and highly regarded figure among rock fans, critics and fellow musicians alike.' Star: The legendary founder of the iconic rock band UFO died with his wife Jenny by his side on Friday morning '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. Talent: Tributes have poured in for the musician which have described him as an 'absolute showman' who was a 'huge influence on late 70s, 80s rock and metal' bassists (pictured between 1970-80) Music: The Ozzy Osbourne bass player sustained 'life-threatening' injuries in an accident (pictured with UFO in 1980) Founder of band Arch Enemy Michael Amott wrote: 'Iconic bass player, and a true rock'n'roll madman by all accounts.

Fame: Pete had recently finished a solo album, "Walking On The Edge" with producer Mike Clink (pictured with UFO in 1980) Legend: Pete served as producer for popular hard rock acts such as Twisted Sister and the Cockney Rejects (pictured with UFO in 1980) Another wrote: RIP Pete Way. A huge influence on late 70s, 80s rock and metal bassists. Sadness: Founder of band Arch Enemy Michael Amott wrote: 'Iconic bass player, and a true rock'n'roll madman by all accounts' Group: His passing comes just ten weeks after fellow UFO bandmate and guitarist Paul Chapman died on his 66th birthday on June 9 (left to right: Danny Peyronel, Andy Parker, Phil Mogg, Pete Way, Michael Schenker) American musician and drummer for Neal Morse Band Mike Portnoy tweeted: 'So sad to hear of the passing of the legendary Pete Way Passion: American musician and drummer for Neal Morse Band Mike Portnoy tweeted: 'So sad to hear of the passing of the legendary Pete Way' (UFO pictured in 1976) Founding UFO bassist Pete Way has died at the age of 69. "He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago," explains a post on Way's official Facebook page, "but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. Way formed his own band after a brief stint playing with his good friend Ozzy Osbourne on the Speak of the Devil tour. Way later cited UFO's highly regarded 1979 double live album Strangers in the Nights as the highlight of his time with the group.

To spend time with Pete Way – UFO's founder member and bass player – was to revel in the company of someone who genuinely enjoyed living life to its fullest extent. He worked his way through a number of groups and studio jobs before founding UFO in 1968 alongside frontman/partner-in-crime Phil Mogg. The band's hard rock sound crystallised in the summer of '73 when UFO recruited 18-year-old German guitar player Michael Schenker and set about recording their third album, Phenomenon. The subsequent four studio albums – Force It (1975), No Heavy Petting (1976), Lights Out (1977) and Obsession (1978) – and double live tour-de-force, 1979's Strangers In The Night, confirmed UFO as one of the pre-eminent hard rock acts of their generation, with Pete co-writing a string of classic tunes that included Shoot Shoot, Natural Thing, Too Hot To Handle and Only You Can Rock Me. Despite their rock star looks, UFO also remained resolutely down to earth, with Pete remaining an approachable man-about-town and regular fixture of London's late night haunts throughout the '70s and '80s. In late 1982 Pete left UFO and formed Fastway with ex-Motörhead guitar player 'Fast' Eddie Clarke and drummer Jerry Shirley who'd played in one of Way's favourite bands, Humble Pie. When an offer to join Ozzy Osbourne's band came his way, Pete left Fastway before they could record their debut album.

Pete would return to UFO intermittently from 1992 onwards, and he released two albums with Phil Mogg under the Mogg/Way banner in the late '90s as well as recording a number of solo albums. Iconic bass player Pete Way, founder of UFO, WAYSTED and, more recently, THE PETE WAY BAND, has died at the age of 69. He sustained life-threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35 a.m. BST today (Friday, August 14). 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.

His melodic bass lines underpinned the catalog 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 playing bass for his longtime friend Ozzy Osbourne. Pete's keen ear for song arrangements have also seen him serve as producer for popular hard rock acts such as TWISTED SISTER and the COCKNEY REJECTS.