Friday, 28 October 2016

RIP Pete Burns

I have `copied and pasted` the following from my long term friend, and Leeds`s premier Music Promotor John Keenan. Who had known Pete for many years, in fact since 1979.

Nightmares in Wax (pic from google)

What a shock to hear that Pete Burns, of Dead or Alive, has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 57. He was a creative originator who somehow lost his way. Younger people will not realise that he was a major influence on the British post-punk scene.

The first time I booked him with his band, Nightmares in Wax, was as support to The Cramps at The Fan Club at Brannigans. With dramatic style, Pete, his wife, and the band swished into the club together; they were all dressed in black, pale faces, dyed raven hair, bleached white, chicken-bone jewellery. Heads turned, especially that of a young Andrew Eldritch, who at the time was dating Claire Shearsby, the club`s DJ: Ian Asbury was also a big fan and known to adopt similar bone and feather accessories prior to his days in The Cult. Later on, Pete went on to sport long-flowing chintz patterned clothing and wide-rimmed hats, a look that was blatantly copied and popularised by Boy George.
Both Pete and his wife were a stunningly good-looking couple. At the beginning, Pete was probably one of the most handsome guys in rock, 6 foot tall with chiselled features and lots of charisma, but he was always trying to change himself. I remember one gig at TifFANy`s, he turned up with the whole of his eyeballs black. When questioned about it, he told me that he had obtained some contact lenses intended for dogs and asked his optician to adapt them to fit his eyes. Not sure how true this was, but it showed how far he was prepared to go to be different. The mind boggles when you think of the excessive lengths he went through to alter his appearance. R.I.P. Pete, a troubled soul, but truly unique.

Although I was at many of the mentioned gigs, I never spoke to Pete, and so I couldn`t have put it that good. (Thanks John)

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