Pulp bassist Steve Mackey has died, the band has confirmed.
In an online post, singer Jarvis Cocker confirmed that the 56-year-old singer had died this morning (March 2).
He wrote: “Our friend and bassist Steve Mackey passed away this morning. We are thinking of his family and friends.” This photo of Steve is from when Pulp toured South America in 2012.
“We had a day off and Steve suggested we go rock climbing in the Andes. It was a magical experience. Much more magical than staring at the wall in the hotel room all day (which I would probably do if not).in his life and in the band and we’d like to think he’s back in those mountains now, on the next stage of his adventure. Have a safe trip, Steve. We hope to see you one day. Our all love xx”.
Last October, Mackey announced that he would not be joining Pulp on their reunion tour.
“Pulp is a very important part of my creative life,” wrote Mackey, “and I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve created together. Jarvis and I remastered the entire Pulp catalog together for Universal Records just over two years ago at Abbey Road Studios. It was a pleasure to do it and review our songs and recordings together.”
He continued: “A reunion for today’s UK concerts has been widely reported. However, I’ve decided to continue with the work I’m currently immersed in – music, film and photography projects – and I won’t be joining them for these UK gigs just announced.”
“Good luck to Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis for their upcoming UK performances and also a huge thank you to the amazing Pulp fans, many of whom have sent me lovely messages today.”
Cocker confirmed last summer that the Sheffield band would hit the road for their first concerts together since 2012, including a string of shows in the UK and Ireland this summer.
The tour kicks off in Bridlington on May 26, with further dates scheduled in Dublin (June 9), London (July 1), Scarborough (9), Cardiff (11) and Sheffield (14, 15). In addition, Pulp will headline the Isle Of Wight Festival, TRNSMT, Latitude and Neighborhood Weekender.
The remaining tickets for the group’s concerts in 2023 can be purchased here.
This is a developing story.