Joy Division’s Peter Hook and Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess lead tributes to Paul Ryder following death aged 58
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 16
Musicians have been paying tribute to Hapy Mondays star Paul Ryder following his shock death (Picture: Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock)

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess and star Peter Hook have led the tributes to star Paul Ryder after his death aged 58.

The Salford-raised bass player and Happy Mondays founding member , a statement from the band confirmed.

Breaking the news on their official Facebook page, the band wrote: ‘The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

‘A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time. Long live his funk.’

Fellow musicians and fans from across the world have been paying tribute to the acclaimed bass player, with singer Burgess sharing a video of Happy Mondays singing their track Hallelujah.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ‘Sending much love to the Happy Mondays family – Paul Ryder was a pioneer and an inspiration to all of us that followed.

‘He played on so many era-defining tracks. Listening to Bummed right now. Safe travels.’

Joy Division’s Peter Hook described Ryder as ‘solid, quiet and strong’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Joy Division founding member and fellow bassist Peter Hook shared his ‘shock’ at the news, paying tribute to the ‘solid, quiet, strong, dependable bass player.’

‘A lovely man – respectful & charming,’ he wrote.

‘When they got back together I remember seeing them play & he looked so happy. And they needed him back so much, he gave them soul & passion.’

He finished: ‘RIP mate.’

Stone Roses singer Ian Brown also paid tribute to the bassist, who he affectionately nicknamed Pabs.

‘Rest in peace Ryder. A great friend, a great musician, a great fella, big love to Amelia, Jacob, Sonny, Chico and the family and band. Love ya longtime Pabs,’ he said on Twitter.

The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess sent his love to Ryder’s family (Picture: Redferns)
Ryder was a founding member of the Happy Mondays and was involved in the band throughout its 40-year-career (Picture: Redferns)

In another tweet, pioneering electronic band New Order said: ‘So sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. Our thoughts are with his family and of course the rest of the band members.’

Oasis and Ride guitarist Andy Bell added: ‘Really sad news about Paul Ryder, RIP,’ while British post-punk duo Sleaford Mods also sent their condolences, writing simply: ‘RIP mate.’

Glasgow singer Pete MacLeod tweeted: ‘Paul was a gent & we had good talks when I supported & toured with The Happy Mondays.’

And Paul McLoone of The Undertones shared his shock as he arrived at a music festival where Happy Mondays were due to play’only to learn that Paul Ryder… had died.’

He added: ‘Deepest sympathies to Paul’s family, friends and of course his brother Shaun and band mates. May he rest in peace.’

Alongside his frontman brother Shaun, Paul founded the Happy Mondays in 1980 and was credited with giving the band their signature rolling groove on hits such as Step On and Kinky Afro.

The original line-up also included drummer Gary Whelan and guitarist Mark Day, and they were later joined by maraca-wielding dancer Bez.

The band had been scheduled to perform at Kubix festival in Sunderland on Friday evening but festival organisers said: ‘Following the tragic news of Paul Ryder passing away this morning, the Happy Mondays will no longer be playing tonight’s show and our thoughts remain with the band and Paul’s family at this difficult time.’

The band shared the devastating news on Friday (Picture: @Happy_Mondays)

Synonymous with the Madchester music scene, the Happy Mondays’ blend of psychedelia and alternative rock continues to influence other acts.

The band crossed over into the mainstream with hits from albums such as Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches and also earned a reputation as hellraisers.

Ryder remained an active member as the Happy Mondays broke up and reformed multiple times across the last 40 years.

He also acted in several films including The Ghosts Of Oxford Street and Losing It, and made a cameo as a gangster in the film 24 Hour Party People, about the Madchester music scene.

Ryder also formed the band Big Arm and released a 2008 album titled Radiator, and played DJ sets around the world.