Algy Ward, ex-frontman of cult NWOBHM act Tank and former bassist with The Damned and The Saints has died, aged 63.
Ward passed away in Tunbridge Wells hospital on May 17: although no details of his cause of death have been revealed, he was known to have had serious health issues for some time.
Born in Croydon, south London on July 11, 1959, Ward first broke into the spotlight with The Saints, joining the Brisbane punk band after they relocated to London in the summer of 1977. He played on the band’s classic singles This Perfect Day and Know Your Product, in addition to their 1978 album Eternally Yours.
After The Saints fell apart in 1979, Ward joined The Damned, playing bass on their critically-acclaimed third album Machine Gun Etiquette after Captain Sensible switched from bass to guitar.
Inspired and heavily influenced by his good friends Motörhead, Ward then formed Tank in 1980, with brothers Peter Brabbs on guitar and Mark Brabbs on drums. Produced by Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, the band’s 1982 debut album Filth Hounds of Hades is something of a NWOBHM classic, but the group never achieved a proper commercial breakthrough, and eventually disbanded in 1989.
Talking about Tank to music writer Malcolm Dome in 1981, Lemmy said, “People compare them to us, and I can understand why. Make a note of that name. You’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next couple of years.”