According to Blabbermouth, Judas Priest co-founding guitarist Ernie Chataway has died at the age of 62.
He was reportedly battling lung cancer for quite some time before his death.
That sucks. Poor guy.
Rest in peace, Ernie.
The original Priest lineup featured Chataway, singer Al Atkins, bassist Bruno Stapenhill and drummer John Partridge, and came together in 1969.
The band lasted only seven months.
A new version of Priest was launched the following the year, with Atkins as the only original member remaining in the group.
Atkins says via his Facebook page:
“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 KK Downing look a complete amateur (who we’d auditioned earlier).
“I’m completely in shock and will sadly miss you, my old buddy.”
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