Lars Ulrich, Mikael Åkerfeldt , and more pay tribute to Budgie’s Burke Shelley

Posted by on January 11, 2022

source: wikipedia

Vocalist/bassist Burke Shelley of the legendary Budgie has passed away. He was 71-years-old. The news was confirmed yesterday evening (10th) by his daughter, Ela, who issued the following Facebook statement:

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his birth town. He was 71 years old. Please respect the family during this time.

With love,

His four children: Ela, Osian, Dimitri and Nathaniel.”


From Opeth to Metallica, the metal community has responded to his passing sharing heartfelt tributes:


Metallica’s Lars Ulrich shared his thoughts as an Instagram story, expressing:

“Thank you Burke for everything you did for heavy music and much next level appreciation for co-writing and creating two songs that Metallica were honored to record over the years, ‘Breadfan’ and ‘Crash Course In Brain Surgery’.”



Our thoughts and condolences go out to Shelley’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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