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Formed: 1967
From: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Budgie News

Below is our complete Budgie news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Former Budgie Guitarist Passes Away

Former Budgie guitarist John Thomas has passed away at the age of sixty three according to his ex bandmate, Steve Williams. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet except that he died last night. Steve Williams paid tribute to the fallen guitarist by stating:

"My friend and fellow Budgie band member John Thomas sadly passed away last night. My thoughts are with the loved ones he left behind."

Thomas had suffered from health issues in the past, including a stroke which led to him leaving Budgie, whom he first joined in 1979. He recorded three albums with the group, "Power Supply," "Nightflight" and "Deliver Us From Evil," and stayed with the band until they broke up in 1998, as well as taking part in reunions in 1995 - 1996 and then again from 1999 - 2002. More...

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Former Dio Guitarist Forms New Band

Craig Goldy, the current guitarist for Welsh hard rock legends Budgie and former guitarist of Dio, has announced that he has formed a new band with vocalist Chas West (Bonham,) bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Great White) and drummer Gary Holland (Great White.) The band currently have no name but Goldy stated:

“The idea is to put the rock star back into everyone’s lives. So, you’ve got four people who look great, are amazing at their craft and the music pierces your soul. And they’re all good people. I think."

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Budgie Frontman Posts Health Update

As was previously reported, Budgie frontman Burke Shellye recently had to undergo emergency surgery in Wejherowo, Poland after complaining about pains in his abdomen. A new message from Shelley regarding his health reads as follows:

"I'd like to say sorry to all the Polish and Czech fans for the recent cancellation of the tour dates. This is because I became ill just before the tour began and had to have emergency surgery in Poland. I'm now recovering at home and I don't yet know what the future holds. Thanks to all those who supported me particularly the Polish surgeons. Thanks also to all those who sent messages and thanks to God the Father and Jesus Christ my saviour and the Holy Spirit."

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Budgie Singer Hospitalized

Burke Shelley, the lead singer and bassist of Welsh rock legends Budgie, was rushed to hospital on Tuesday (November 9th,) where he underwent emergency surgery. As a result, the band's European tour has been cancelled. A message from the band's management reads as follows:

"Burke Shelley was admitted to hospital after complaining of pains in his abdomen on Tuesday, November 9th in Wejherowo. A team of surgeons was quickly assembled to operate on the singer and bassist who was diagnosed as having a 6 cm aneurism of the aorta.Tests revealed that Burke’s aorta was leaking blood into the outer wall of the aneurism which could have burst at any time. He underwent a two hour 40 minute operation in the evening and he is being kept in the intensive care ward."

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Sunday Old School: Budgie

Continuing on from last week's edition of Sunday Old School, which focused on Black Sabbath, this week's column takes a look at another band from the very first wave of heavy metal, in this case, Welsh rockers Budgie. Budgie is perhaps best known for their song, "Breadfan" because Metallica frequently covered the song during live performances (Metallica has also covered another Budgie song, "Crash Course In Brain Surgery.") Metallica isn't the only big name band to have covered Budgie either. Iron Maiden covered the song, "I Can't See My Feelings," Van Halen covered the title track from the 1974 album, "In For The Kill," and Soundgarden recorded a cover of "Homicidal Suicidal," which comes from Budgie's self-titled debut.

Many people, myself included, feel that Budgie never really got the full recognition they deserved and when comparing the two bands, one could state that Budgie was, "the RUSH that didn't quite make it." However, their influence on heavy metal remains to this day, with the band still holding a large fan base in Poland, an to a lesser extent, Australia and the United Kingdom. More...

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Whitesnake Guitarist Joins Dio For European Tour

Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio will be joined by Whitesnake's guitarist Doug Aldrich this November and December on his headlining tour of Europe. Aldrich is stepping in for long-time Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who will be unable to tour with Dio due to a conflicting tour schedule with Welsh heavy metal legends Budgie.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 21 - Glasgow, Scotland - 02 Academy
November 22 - Sheffield, England - 02 Academy
November 24 - London, England - HMV Forum
November 25 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy
November 27 - Manchester, England - Academy
November 28 - Lincoln, England - Engine Shed
November 30 - Bristol, England - Academy
December 1 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Hall
December 2 - Tilburg, Holland - 013
December 4 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
December 5 - Bergen, Norway - Peer Gynt
December 7 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
December 8 - Malmo, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
December 9 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
December 12 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahoune
December 13 - Helsinki, Finland - Cable Factory
December 16 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
December 18 - Nürnberg, Germany - Löwensaal
December 19 - Reichenbach, Germany - H2O
December 20 - Münich, Germany - Tonhalle
December 22 - NeuIsenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle

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Budgie Announces Australian Tour

Welsh heavy metal legends Budgie will be heading to Australia in November for a headlining tour. The band will be joined by a variety of support acts along the way, with very special guest Phil Emmanuel joining them at their show in Perth.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 11th - The Charles Hotel, Perth
November 12th - The Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle
November 14th - The Governer Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide
November 18th - Corner Hotel, Melbourne
November 20th - The Metro Theatre, Sydney
November 21st - Waves Nightclub Towradgi Beach Hotel, Wollongong
November 26th - Panthers, Cardiff
November 27th - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane
November 28th - The Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast More...

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Budgie Announces British Shows

Budgie are to play London Camden Underworld July 22, Dudley JBs 23, Crewe Limelight 24, Liverpool Academy 25. No word yet if more dates will follow.

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Former Dio Guitarist Joins Budgie

The following message has been posted via Budgie's official Myspace account:

"Budgie are proud to announce that Ronnie James Dio guitarist, Craig Goldy, is to be "Guest" guitarist on our first Australian tour in February 08. We would like to thank him for helping out and are all very much looking forward to working with him.

Many thanks to our myspace friends for all your messages of support and offers of help.


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New Budgie Guitarist Leaves

The following message has been posted via Budgie's official Myspace account:

"For those of you who are interested (apologies to those who are not ) Andy James, recently named as Simon Lees replacement, will not now be Budgies new guitarist. For personal reasons he has decided not to join the band. Band and management are in talks with someone else who may take the role of "Guest" guitarist for the upcoming Australian tour . More to follow shortly.
Thanks and Biudgieregards."

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Budgie Reveal U.K Shows

In addition to the Australian shows planned for next year, legedary Welsh rockers Budgie have also lined up the following shows for the United Kingdom...

8 Dec 2007 21:00 Milkwood Jam Swansea (Wales)
31 Jan 2008 20:00 Cox’s Yard Stratford-upon-Avon
7 Feb 2008 20:00 The Boardwalk Sheffield

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Budgie Announce New Guitarist

The following message has been posted via the official Budgie Myspace:

"Budgie are proud to announce that as of Friday 12th October 2007 Andy James is our new guitarist. You can hear Andy on his myspace page and we hope all our friends will join us in welcoming him aboard.
For those of you so inclined, you may want to consider including Budgie in your top friends to help spread the word that we are back with a bang and looking forward to the rescheduled Australian tour in February. As always our thanks for hanging in there with us.
Budgieregards from Burke, Steve and Andy."

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Budgie Guitarist Leaves

Veteran British rockers Budgie have recently announced the departure of guitarist Simon Lees. As of yet no reasons have been given but they are currently choosing a new guitarist. The band also have plans to tour Australia next February, after the October dates were forced to be rescheduled. The current Australian dates are as follows:

14 Feb 2008 20:00 Enmore Theatre Sydney
16 Feb 2008 20:00 The Tivoli Brisbane
21 Feb 2008 20:00 The Forum Melbourne

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Budgie To Tour UK Again

Veteran British band are heading out on a major UK tour later in the year. The dates are as follows:

September 14 - Sheffield Boardwalk
September 15 - Newcastle Trillians
September 16 - Edinburgh Bannermans
September 17 - Glasgow Renfrew Ferry
September 22 - Oxford Zodiac
September 23 - London Camden Underworld
September 24 - Brighton Concord II
September 29 - Liverpool Academy
September 30 - Bradford Rio's
October 1 - Ashton-Under-Lyne Witchwood
October 5 - Crewe Limelight
October 6 - Northampton Roadmender
October 7 - Stratford-Upon-Avon Cox's Yard
October 8 - Derby Flowerpot
October 12 - Wrexham Yales Central Station
October 13 - Bristol Bierkeller
October 14 - Cardiff Point
October 15 - Deal Astor Theatre
October 19 - Southsea South Parade Pier
October 21 - Poole Mr. Kyps
October 21 - Hastings Battle Memorial Hall
October ?? - Swindon Furnace
November 30 - Ilfracombe Phoenix
December 1 - Honiton Motel
December 9 - Nuneaton Queen's Hall
December 10 - Frome Cheese & Grain

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Original Priest Singer Completes New Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins has completed work on his fifth solo album, entitled "Demon Deceiver".

The CD, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs), was pieced together over the last ten months with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jager, Simon Lees (BUDGIE; once voted guitarist of the year by Guitar magazine), Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), bassist Pete Emms (THE VASELINE RATS), and drummers Adrian Badland and Mick Hales. Among the songs scheduled to appear on the album is "Drown", which is said to be a duet between Al and the Kansas-based vocalist/guitarist Johnny Lokke.

Atkins' band THE DENIAL, also featuring ex-IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton, is currently on a break while the members pursue other projects. Al is also said to be finishing off his book he is writing about the early years of JUDAS PRIEST, entitled "Dawn of the Metal Gods".

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