Pete Way Plans Solo Album, Heads Into Hospital
Bassist Pete Way (UFO/Waysted) is going to record a solo album – as soon as he gets out of hospital. What’s more, Way plans to get one of his doctors to play on the album!
Fifty-nine-year-old Way is battling a drink problem and other health issues. But he is optimistic that he will return to full fitness after a course of intensive hospital treatment.
In an exclusive interview-cum-health report with Classic Rock’s Geoff Barton, Way revealed:
“I’m waiting to go into hospital – they’re going to chew me up and make me better.
“I’m fortunate enough to get reasonable royalty cheques but it’s no fun when you’re spending 30 quid a week in the chemist.
“I just want to get really healthy. I’m aiming for the next Olympics.
“I’m still working on stuff, writing songs and that. I get unlimited offers – do you want to do this, do you want to do that – but I can’t really, you know.
“All I can say is, I’m on my best behaviour. I’m on the mend, but basically I’ve just got to get into the hospital. I‘ve got two doctors, a psychiatrist, a specialist… it’s a funny old thing.
“I’ve been chilling and that. The wife’s in America, visiting relatives. In theory I should’ve been in and out of hospital by now, but they moved my appointment. I’m getting all the pills and stuff I need.
“I’m going to do a new Waysted record but first I’m going to record a solo album with a few friends of mine. Obviously I’d like to be back playing with UFO eventually.
“The trouble is with UFO now, they’re so sort of in the groove, it’s a bit like: why do we need Pete back? They did a very good album without me. But I’m sure it’ll work itself out.
“Funny thing is, on my solo album I’ll be doing the lead singing and I’ll have Spike [Quireboys] and Fin [Waysted] doing backing vocals, which should be a laugh. I’m going to get Spike and Fin to do a duet – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.
“Guitarist Laurence Archer [Stampede/UFO] and Paul Haslin [Waysted drummer] are also going to be involved in my solo album.
“I’ve got loads of ideas, but medically being unfit and not being allowed in America… it’s difficult.
“One of my doctors is actually quite popular in India as a musician. He writes stuff and sings it himself. So I’m going to get him to play some sitar on a couple of songs. Can you imagine a bit of Kashmir coming into it, with Waysted influences and all that? It’ll be like The Sex Pistols in India.
“The album is also going to be very Skynyrd-y, because I’m big mates with Rickey Medlocke. I went down and saw Lynyrd Skynyrd recently and thought they were the best thing on Earth. Rickey said come down early but typically I arrived late, so I missed seeing him backstage. I was actually colouring my hair.
“I’ve got the get this hepatitis out of my system, because it can turn into a cancerous thing. It doesn’t involve an operation, but it does involve me being in hospital and taking a course of severe drugs.
“My specialist said to me: ‘Some people go in and can take it, but some people can’t. Some people can leave hospital after two or three days, but you’re going to be there for at least two weeks.’ I thought, fair enough, mate, I can take any drugs you give me. I’m quite prolific on that subject. Give me all the fucking drugs you want, pal. I’ll show you.
“I feel fine in myself, but it’s the pills and stuff they give you that bring you down. It’s inside – it’s the liver and the kidneys. I’ve been a bit depressed because of the pills. So I’m taking it easy and writing songs.
“I just want to get healthy, basically. Are you coming up this way at all? Because you can always visit me in hospital and get an interview. I’ll have my guitar with me. I can play you a song called Hospital Blues, ha-ha!”
Classic Rock wishes Pete Way all the very best. We hope to see him back on stage sometime very soon. But hopefully not with his doctor friend playing the sitar…