“You were the glue that held the band together. You were the logic in the madness and the madness in our lives”: Ultravox bassist and Vienna co-writer Chris Cross dies at 71

Chris Cross of Ultravox
(Image credit: Matt Kent / Getty Images)

Ultravox bass player Chris Cross – best known as the co-writer of the hit song Vienna – has passed away aged 71, according to a message shared on the band’s social media channels.

Midge Ure, frontman of the band during its most successful period (including the Vienna album) took to social media to pay tribute to Cross.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

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