Burke Shelley is dead, Welsh bass guitarist and vocalist Welsh rock band Budgie – cause of death

By | January 11, 2022

Burke Shelley Death, Cause Of Death – Burke Shelley, singer and bassist for Budgie, has died at age 71. He had faced a number of heart problems in recent decades. In 2020 he announced that he had been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. He declined surgery because of the high risk of the procedure.

One of Wales’ finest rock heroes Burke Shelley. Breadfan had a huge impact on me as a kid. In 1996 I was lucky enough to meet him and what a truly fun guy. He could hit the high and low notes with tremendous power. RIP

Shelley was born in Cardiff, Tiger Bay (now Cardiff Bay). In 1982, Shelley was reported as a born-again Christian. Shelley confirmed his Christian faith in a 2010 interview with the BBC documentary Heavy Metal Britannia, saying he had been uncomfortable with the mystical theme lyrics of bands such as Black Sabbath.

Shelley is often compared to Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, as both played bassist/vocalist in the trio, both had distinctive high-pitched vocals, and in the mid-to-late 1970s, they had a striking resemblance with a long Straight hair and huge glasses. Like Lee, Shelley has a high register. In addition to singing and playing bass for the band, Shelley played keyboards on their early albums, most notably the Mellotron on “Young is a World” on their second album, Squawk.

Burke Shelley is dead, Welsh bass guitarist and vocalist Welsh rock band Budgie – cause of death

Shelley’s vocals on earlier Budgie records (such as “Parents” from the 1973 album “Never Turn Your Back on a Friend”) sometimes sound and stylistically similar to those of Shelley Brazil, who also grew up in Tiger Bay. (Shirley Bassey) There is a clear resemblance. He says the resemblance is intentional because he admires Brazilian work. In later years, especially on Budgie’s 2006 album You’re All Living In Cuckooland, Shelley’s voice became deeper.

Budgie’s November 2010 trip to Eastern Europe had to be cancelled because Shelley was hospitalized in Vejerovo, Poland, on November 9 with a 6cm aortic aneurysm. After surgery, he returned to the UK for rehabilitation, but no decision has been made on the band’s future. Shelley has said that after the surgery he found it difficult to sing and play bass at the same time for long periods of time. Nonetheless, he continued to play bass (and occasionally backing vocals) in rock and pop cover bands in South Wales.