The Stone Roses’ Pete Garner dies at 61: Ian Brown leads tribute to band’s original bassist
Pete Garner of The Stone Roses has died at the age of 61.
The musician was the English rock band’s original bassist and singer Ian Brown led tributes to his former bandmate.
Pete’s cause of death has not been confirmed.
In response to a user on X who shared a link to the sad news, he wrote: ‘Yes, very sad. We were young punk rockers when we met in 77.
‘The night before Pete’s maths and geography O-level we went to the Clash. It always made me laugh that he did that and of course he made the right decision! X (sic)’
Sad news: Pete Garner (left) of The Stone Roses has passed away at the age of 61. Pete’s cause of death has not been confirmed
Tribute: Singer Ian Brown led tributes to his former bandmate
He later added: ‘Few loved music as much as Pete, he’s been bathed in music since (Sex Pistols’). Anarchy in the Uk came out which I can vouch for and Pete was off the scale nice, an old skool fun, you just don’t get that anymore! He got that from his dear mother! GOD bless Pete RiP
Pete joined Ian and John in their former band The Patrol in 1980, three years before they formed The Stone Roses, with rhythm guitarist Andy Couzens and drummer Simon Wolstencroft on drums.
Alan ‘Reni’ Wren took over from Simon in 1984.
Pete left the group in 1987 to join HMV – because he didn’t feel worthy of being in the band. He was replaced by Mani on bass.
The Waterfall hitmakers reformed in 2012 for a series of major outdoor concerts and continued to play shows until 2017.
Meanwhile, John Squire is working with Liam Gallagher on a joint album next year.
The former Oasis frontman recently boasted that the currently untitled LP is ‘the best record’ since The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’.
Liam, a Beatles superfan, and John hit the studio after former fans surprised by bringing the guitarist along for his pair of Knebworth shows last June, where he performed the Britpop group’s 1995 classic ‘Champagne Supernova’ performed.
Liam bragged that their record sounds better than the 1966 LP, which included the hits ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’.
When asked if it is true that their record will be released in 2024, he replied to X: “It’s the best record since revolver (sic).”
When another user said this was a “big statement,” Liam wrote back, “What comes your way is bigger. I’m humbled by it. (sic)’