The band confirmed that Pulp bassist Steve McKee has died.
In a message on the Internet, frontman Jarvis Cocker confirmed that the 56-year-old man died this morning (March 2).
He texted: “Our beloved friend and bassist Steve McKee passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones. This photo of Steve was taken during Pulp’s tour of South America in 2012.
“We had a day off, and Steve suggested that we do rock climbing in the Andes. So we did. And it was an absolutely magical experience. Much more magical than staring at the wall of a hotel room all day (which I probably would have done otherwise). Steve made things happen. In his life and in the band. and we really want to think that he is now back in those mountains, at the next stage of his adventure. Safe travels, Steve. We hope to catch up with you one day. All our love xx”.
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Last October, McKee announced that he would not be joining Pulp on their upcoming reunion tour.
“Cellulose is a very important part of my creative life,” McKee wrote. “I am extremely proud of the work we have created together. Jarvis and I remastered the entire Pulp back catalogue together for Universal Records just over two years ago at Abbey Road Studios. It was a great pleasure to do this and watch our songs and recordings together.”
He continued: “There were a lot of reports today about a full reunion for concerts in the UK. However, I have decided to continue the work I am doing — music, film and photography projects, and will not be joining them at the newly announced shows in the UK.
“I wish Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis all the best for their upcoming performances in the UK, as well as a huge thank you to the wonderful Pulp fans, many of whom sent me wonderful messages today.”