The Saints Lead Singer Chris Bailey Has Passed Away

11 April 2022 | 9:27 am | Staff Writer

"Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night."

Lead singer of legendary Aussie rock band The Saints, Chris Bailey has died.

The singer-songwriter's passing was announced on social media this morning via the band.

"It is with great pain in our hearts that we have to inform you about the passing of Chris Bailey, singer and songwriter of The Saints, on April the 9th, 2022," the statement said.

"Chris lived a life of poetry and music and stranded on a Saturday night."

Bailey founded the Brisbane band, whose first hit was 1976's (I’m) Stranded, in 1973 alongside Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay. They went on to record 14 studio albums across a multi-decade career.

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Kuepper has shared: “Chris and I met when we were about 14 during detention at Oxley High School and became close friends which later developed into what I always thought was an extremely strong artistic partnership, I couldn't have hoped for a better singer.

“My deepest condolences to his wife Elisabet, his sisters Margaret, Carol and Maureen and the rest of his family and loved ones.”

Tributes have begun to flow for the ARIA Hall Of Famer. Duff McKagan of Guns 'N' Roses tweeted: "Rest in peace Chris Bailey. Twenty-one years is a long, long time to be in this prison when there ain't no crime. Saints forever."

Radio host Zan Rowe described Bailey as “a giant in punk music’s history, and present. What a loss,” while musician Lindsay McDougall credited him as “a co-creator of punk music".

Jimmy Barnes, ARIA and more are among those also paying tribute.