Wow. When it rains, it pours. We literally just learned of the passing of H. R. Giger. Now we find out that founding member of Judas Priest and guitarist Ernie Chataway has passed away at age 62.
The news was announced by the original Judas Priest vocalist, Al Atkins, who was with the band for three years.
According to Blabbermouth, Atkins said the following of his fallen friend:
"Just heard the very sad news that Ernie passed away last night. He was a lovely bloke and a great guitarist and will be sadly missed. I remember the first time we met at the auditions for a new guitarist for JUDAS PRIEST in 1969 — his looks reminded me of Marc Bolan. When he plugged in his guitar, he totally blew us away, and made [later JUDAS PRIEST guitarist] KK Downing look a complete amateur (who we’d auditioned earlier). I’m completely in shock and will sadly miss you, my old buddy."
He also made this tweet:
Just heard Ernie Chataway passed away last night.Guitarist in the first line up of JUDAS PRIEST will be sadly missed pic.twitter.com/4lcD79TghV— Al Atkins (@Al_Atkins) May 13, 2014
So very sad. Another soul gone to Valhalla. May your spirit, your family, friends and fans all find peace and solace.
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