Chris Bailey, the pioneering Australian punk rock band the Saints’ founding singer and songwriter, died at the age of 65. but the information about how did Chris Bailey die is not revealed yet. The announcement was made in a statement on the Saints’ social media, which stated that he died on Saturday, April 9.
Who was Chris Bailey?
Bailey was born in Belfast, but his parents moved him to Brisbane, Australia, when he was a child. He co-founded the Saints with Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay in the early 1970s.
The Saints were founded in 1973 in Brisbane. Their debut single, ‘(I’m) Stranded,’ released in 1976, was a landmark punk rock anthem at the time and continues to be influential to this day.
The band’s debut album (I’m) Stranded was released in 1977. It was quickly followed by 1978’s Prehistoric Sounds and Eternally Yours.
“The reason we sounded the way we did, Brisbane is unquestionably the backwoods of this country,” he told triple j in 1985.
“I have no idea why the first Saints album sounds the way it does. Perhaps the music was so loud because it was so quiet [in Brisbane].
Bailey kept The Saint’s name after fellow founding member and songwriter Ed Kuepper left, releasing albums throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, culminating with the 14th The Saints album, King Of The Sun, released in 2012.
He also released albums under his own name, beginning with Casablanca in 1983 and ending with Stranger, a collaboration with French singer-songwriter H-Burns in 2012.
Cause of death
Chris Bailey, the frontman of The Saints, an Australian punk rock band, died at the age of 65 on Saturday.
How did Chris Bailey die: On Monday, the band announced the news on Facebook (11 April).
“It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the death of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on (Saturday) 9 April 2022,” the statement said. “Chris was stranded on a Saturday night after a life of poetry and music.”
His cause of death was not revealed.
very sad to confirm the news about Chris Bailey dying on the weekend. Chris and I met when we were about 14 during detention at Oxley High School and became close friends which later developed into what I always thought was an extremely strong artistic partnership,I couldn’t have hoped for a better singer. My deepest condolences to his wife Elisabet, his sisters Margaret, Carol, and Maureen, and the rest of his family and loved ones. I’ll post something longer down the track but for now.
One of the greatest songwriters this country produced has passed away. His band The Saints were punks before punk. He was a master of words and helped tell our story. RIP Chris Bailey
Graham Perrett tweeted,
RIP Chris Bailey. Surely one of the greatest frontmen ever. The Belfast and Inala boy who done well. He inspired so many musicians and lovers of music and protest. He was one big extended middle digit to Joh and the Jackboots at a time when such an attitude was very dangerous.
Chris Bailey of The Saints has died. A giant in punk music’s history, and present. What a loss. RIP Chris.
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