Algy Ward, bassist with The Saints and The Damned and founder of Tank, dies aged 63

Algy Ward, pictured here during his stint with The Damned, has died aged 63
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British punk and metal bassist Alasdair Mackie Ward, aka Algy Ward – known for playing on seminal recordings by The Saints and The Damned, alongside founding the NWOBHM band Tank – has passed away at the age of 63, according to an update from his former bandmate.

The bassist is reported to have died on May 17 in hospital at Tunbridge Wells. His exact cause of death has not been revealed. 

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.