Chris Cross, Ultravox Bassist, Lifeless at 71

Chris Cross, finest generally known as the bassist within the English new wave band Ultravox, has died at 71 years previous.

In keeping with stories, Cross (born Chris Allen) died on March twenty fifth, however the information was not made public till longtime bandmate Midge Ure shared an announcement on Ultravox’s Instagram paying tribute to “the glue that held the band collectively.” No reason behind demise has been revealed.

“We labored collectively, we performed collectively, made music and directed movies collectively. We had been prompt mates in addition to Ultravox comrades,” Ure wrote. “Even after years aside we managed to choose up the place we left off just like the years in between by no means existed.”

He continued, “You had been the glue that held the band collectively. You had been the logic within the insanity and the insanity in our lives. It was nice to know and develop with you. You might be beloved and missed previous buddy.”

Billy Currie, who performed the keyboard and strings with Ultravox, paid tribute to Cross in a separate assertion. “Very unhappy to listen to about Chris,” Currie wrote on Fb. “We had some wonderful instances collectively. Laughing largely.”

Born in Tottenham, London on July 14th, 1952, Cross performed with a number of native bands earlier than becoming a member of Stoned Rose alongside future Ritzi members Pete Hughes and Mick Carroll. In 1974, he turned a founding member of Ultravox below their authentic identify, Tiger Lily.

The unique lineup was comprised of Cross (then generally known as Chris St. John), vocalist Dennis Leigh (later generally known as John Foxx), guitarist Stevie Shears, and drummer Warren Cann, with Currie becoming a member of shortly after. After signing to Island Information in 1976, the artwork rock band settled on the identify Ultravox! and launched their self-titled album in 1977. Co-produced by Steve Lillywhite and Brian Eno, the debut effort was a business flop.

Observe-ups Ha!-Ha!-Ha! and Methods of Romance additionally noticed poor gross sales, first resulting in Shears being changed by Robin Simon after which the group being dropped from Island in 1978. Foxx’s departure the next yr appeared to sign Ultravox’s demise, however Currie introduced in Midge Ure to be his alternative.

With Ure because the lead vocalist, Ultravox went on a run that noticed them launch 5 Prime 10 albums within the UK. Their breakout file, 1980’s Vienna, peaked at No. 3 — thanks in no small half to the smash hit title observe (co-written by Cross), which reached No. 2 on the singles chart. The LP was adopted by Rage in EdenQuartetLament, and U-Vox.

Cross left Ultravox after the latter album and remained out of the highlight till reuniting with Ure, Currie, and Cann in 2008 to tour with the band’s traditional lineup. In 2012, the group launched their ultimate album, Sensible, which featured Cross co-writing all of the tracks with Ure and Currie.


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