Rush’s Geddy Lee Pays Tribute To UFO’s Pete Way
A Message To Fellow Bassist
Rush bassist and frontman Geddy Lee paid tribute to UFO bass player Pete Way who passed away on August 14 at 69 years old. Way had life-threatening injuries which he sustained from an accident two months earlier. He is survived by wife Jenny, two daughters Zowie and Charlotte and younger brother Neill.
Geddy Lee took to Instagram to share the following message: “Sad to read today about the passing of Pete Way. I have so many fond and hilarious memories of touring with Pete and UFO back in the late 70’s. A true rock and roll character, always “takin’ the piss” as they would say in his homeland.”
He added, “I once asked him about his bass sound and he said, “Well, Glee.. it’s uh…3/4 good, and 1/4 ..not very nice!” A funny, energetic, sweet man and a great rock bassist.”
Known for his energetic live performances, Pete Way has also worked with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne. UFO achieved success with a string of hits prior to Way’s departure from the band.
Way told Classic Rock magazine in a 2013 interview, “I don’t want to feel bitter for what could have been, I want to feel grateful for what I had.”