The singer of the punk band The Saints, Chris Bailey is no longer with us. He died at the age of 65. He breathed his last on Saturday. This must be a very difficult time for his close friends and family.
What did members of Bailey’s band have to say about his death?
The band released a statement on the passing of their band member Chris on Monday, which read: “It is with great pain in our hearts that we must inform you of the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints. , on April 9, 2022.’
They further added, “Chris lived a life of poetry and music and got stranded on a Saturday night.” For now, the cause of the singer’s death is not known.
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) also confirmed Bailey’s death. They said: “Sad news that Chris Bailey, frontman of Brisbane’s founding band The Saints, has passed away… Our hearts go out to Chris’s family, friends and fans.”
Everything you need to know about Chris Bailey
Chris was the co-founder and vocalist of rock band The Saints. He was born in 1957 in Nanyuki, colony of Kenya to Irish parents. He grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, until he was seven years old. Soon after, his family moved to Australia.
Bailey and her family settled in Inala, Brisbane, Queensland. He and his sister Margaret attended Inala State High School, Oxley State High School and Corinda State High School where Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay were also students.
When was The Saints formed?
Australian rock band The Saints was formed in 1973. The band was founded by Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later guitarist), Ivor Hay (drummer) and Ed Kuepper (songwriter-guitarist).
In their early days, the band was labeled as a punk band because, much like the American punk rock band the Ramones, the Saints utilized the fast tempos, raspy vocals, and buzzsaw guitar that characterized early punk rock.
Over the past two years, many band members kept coming and going, but Bailey was a constant throughout. Ivor Hay and Ed Kuepper left the rock band in 1979. The band’s final line-up was as follows: Chris Bailey (lead singer), Peter Wilkinson (drummer), Davey Lane (guitarist) and Pat Bourke (bassist).
During a media interaction, Bob Geldolf, frontman of the Boomtown Rats and founder of Live Aid, once said, “The rock music of the 70s was changed by three bands: the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Saints”.
When did The Saints become famous?
The Saints recorded two titles (I’m) failed and No time with Mark Moffatt in June 1976. At the time, they could not find any label to produce their songs, so they formed Fatal Records and independently released their first single in September.
Their first album, (I’m) failed received good feedback from all sides. The Saints have released their second album, forever yoursin May 1978. From there, there was no looking back for the band, they continued to release great music for their fans.
The group drew heavily on the music of legends such as Little Richard and Elvis Presley and 1960s proto-punk bands like the Missing Links, the Stooges and MC5.
So far, the group has released a total of 14 studio albums. Their last album was released in 2012. Bailey has also released seven solo albums. The Saints are one of the most influential bands of all time. Their music has been appreciated by viewers as well as critics.
Why did the band never call themselves a punk band?
When interacting with The Sydney Morning Herald, Ed Kuepper spilled the wick on the band without ever calling themselves a punk band. He said, ‘We never called ourselves a punk band…because that didn’t exist when we started.’
The Saints guitarist added: “The funny thing is that once punk exploded in the UK it hit the headlines and all of a sudden it got controversial but we were running freely and easily, doing what we wanted”. It was also a world of absolute innocence and naivety.
How did the stars react to the sad news?
As soon as the news of Bailey’s death broke, many celebrities stopped by and paid their respects to the legendary singer via social media platform Twitter.
Actress Magda Szubanski wrote: “So so sad to hear Chris Bailey is dead. genius musician. As Bob Geldof said, “’70s rock music was changed by three bands – the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Saints”. Condolences to family and friends RIP❤️”
So so sad to hear that Chris Bailey has passed away. genius musician. As Bob Geldof said, “’70s rock music was changed by three bands – the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Saints”.
Condolences to family and friends RIP❤️
The Saints – Ghost Ships https://t.co/eLCXVMkabt via @Youtube
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) April 11, 2022
Former Bailey bandmate Ed Kuepper wrote: “Very sad to confirm the news that Chris Bailey passed away this weekend. Chris and I met when we were about 14 during our confinement at Oxley High School and became close friends who then grew into what I always thought was an extremely strong, 1/2 artistic partnership.
very sad to confirm the news of Chris Bailey’s death this weekend. Chris and I met when we were about 14 during our confinement at Oxley High School and became close friends who then grew into what I always thought was an extremely strong artistic partnership, 1/2 pic.twitter.com/hQVKKHYgzT
— Ed Kuepper (@EdKuepper) April 10, 2022
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan tweeted: “Rest in peace Chris Bailey. 21 years is a long, long time to be in this prison when there is no crime. Saints forever!
Actor Rhys Muldoon wrote: “RIP Chris Bailey. One of our biggest. I had the pleasure of staying at his amazing hiking home in Queen St, Woollahra. He was incredibly generous, wickedly funny, and exactly what a rock star should be. Legend.”
Rest in peace Chris Bailey. 21 years is a long, long time to be in this prison when there is no crime. Saints forever! https://t.co/rWuvv8r49G
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 10, 2022
The Saints – Know Your Product https://t.co/iEt6gBp4pz via @Youtube
RIP Chris Bailey. One of our biggest.
I had the pleasure of staying at his amazing hiking home in Queen St, Woollahra. He was incredibly generous, wickedly funny, and exactly what a rock star should be. Legend.
— Rhys Muldoon (@rhysam) April 10, 2022
Singer Jimmy Barnes wrote: “One of the greatest songwriters produced by this country has died. His band The Saints were punks before punk. He was a master of words and helped tell our story. TO TEAR Chris Bailey”
Celeste Liddle wrote: “Vale. I am devastated. Am a total legend. “Don’t talk to me about what you did. Nothing has changed, everything continues.
One of the greatest songwriters produced by this country has died. His band The Saints were punks before punk. He was a master of words and helped tell our story. RIPChris Bailey pic.twitter.com/jTSdiyKBLy
—Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) April 11, 2022
Valley. I am devastated. Am a total legend.
“Don’t talk to me about what you did. Nothing has changed, everything continues. https://t.co/LkXFBmCk7v
— Celestial Liddle (@Utopiana) April 11, 2022
These are some celebrity reactions to the singer’s disappearance. We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of punk pioneer, Chris Bailey during this difficult time.
His fans will always remember Bailey for the legacy he left behind through his music. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.