Following the tragic death of UFO keyboard-guitarist Paul Raymond, his former bandmate, bassist Pete Way, has offered his condolences to the friends and family. Raymond suffered a fatal heart attack whilst on the band farewell tour aged 73.
Raymond and Way were in several projects together during the ’70s and the ’90s, and sure they had their disagreements, but Way even had Raymond join his band Waysted in 1982.
Way wrote on his Facebook page: “I’ve just heard the sad news of Paul Raymond’s passing,” adding: “I won’t pretend that we were always the best of friends but I am completely shattered to hear this.… I’m gonna miss you mate!”
Raymond addressed the tensions between himself and Way in 2012, saying: “We are a band, we enjoy playing together and despite all the splits and troubles, we always find a way to sort things out and get back together. Pete’s behaviour has always been a bit on the hard side… but as Phil [Mogg] says the door is always open for him to return. To us and the fans he is such an integral part of UFO.”
As for UFO, they have stated that they were “too shell-shocked” to release a full statement, and chose to post a recent photo of Raymond at the O2 Forum venue in London, England, saying: “Thank you to everyone for your very kind and supportive messages.”