R.I.P. JOHN THOMAS

Former Budgie guitarist dies aged 64.

Budgie John Thomas, middle.

Guitarist John Thomas, formerly of Welsh proto-metallers Budgie has died aged 64.

Thomas, who joined the band in 1979 and went on to appear on Powersupply, Night Flight and Deliver Us From Evil, died on March 3. Budgie drummer Steve Williams posted an official announcement the next day.