Peter Frederick Way was a Bass player from England. He is best known as the UFO bassist with whom he played from 1969-1982, briefly from 1988-1989 and again from 1991-2008. He was born on 7 August 1951 in Enfield, Middlesex, England. Way was known as Waysted and Fastway’s founding member too. He has performed with Michael Schenker Group and Ozzy Osbourne in particular, too.
Pete Way Age
He was 69 years old
Pete Way Career
For many artists, he began his career as a musician at the studio. He performed with high school peers in bands and then formed a band with peers such as Phil Mogg, Andy Parker, and Mick Bolton. This was the original lineup of UFOs. The band then recruited the guitar wunderkind Michael Schenker from Scorpions, following two studio albums with their original guitarist. The band later signed on guitarist/keyboard player and longtime friend Paul Raymond. The band released many albums and singles and had two top 40 hits from the UK. In the early 1980s Way jumped ship to form Fastway with former Motörhead guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke, disliking the more commercially open path UFO took. Pete was unable to extricate himself from a deal he signed with Chrysalis and stepped down from the Diary of a Madman tour to play bass for Ozzy Osbourne.
In 1982, Way and Fin Muir, Paul Raymond, Frank Noon, and Ronnie Kayfield formed the punishingly titled Waysted. They released their debut album Vices in 1982 and reached # 78 on the UK chart. Save your Prayers, the band’s third album was their most successful in America where it reached #185. In 2017, with the aid of talented writer Paul Rees, he published his autobiography, called A Quick Ride Out of Here: Confessions of the Most Dangerous Man in Rock.
In 2018, together with guitarist Kamil Woj and Jason Poole, he formed the Pete Way Band and also recorded a guest bass on a Warfare song with Evo and Fast Eddie Clarke titled “Misanthropy,” which will be released on Cherry Red Records in 2020.
PWB launched the UK tour in June 2019, with a new lineup of two ex-UFO members.
Pete Way Death Cause
Force It hitmaker Pete died in an accident earlier this summer shortly before midday on August 14 after suffering “life-threatening injuries” The sad death of the musicians has been confirmed today on its official Facebook page.
The news was posted on the read page of social media:
“TIME: 16:34 BST
DATE: FRIDAY 14TH AUGUST 2020
Iconic bass player Pete Way founder of UFO, Waysted and, latterly, The Pete Way Band has died.
He sustained life threatening injuries in an accident two months ago but fought hard until finally succumbing to those injuries at 11.35am BST today. His wife, Jenny, was at his side.
Pete 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 catalogue 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 bassist for his long time friend, Ozzy Osbourne. He then put together his own band Waysted. 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. Pete had recently finished a solo album, “Walking On The Edge” with producer Mike Clink (Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction” amongst many more.) He had a biography published “A Fast Ride Out Of Here” in 2017 and an album “Amphetamine” which is currently out on Cargo Records.
Pete is survived by two daughters, Zowie and Charlotte and his younger brother, Neill.”