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Ultravox’s Chris Cross, who co-wrote Vienna, died

  • Ultravox members honor Chris Cross, bassist known as Chris Allen
  • Cross’s passing announced by bandmate Midge Ure on social media
  • Fans and bandmates remember his significant contributions to Ultravox

In remembrance of the late Ultravox musician Chris Cross, stage name Chris Allen, Midge Ure and Billy Currie have presided over the tributes.

Chris Cross, a member of the Ultravox, has passed away, according to a statement released by his bandmate Midge Ure, who described Cross as “the glue that held the band together.”

Under the stage name Chris Allen, the musician served as the bass guitarist for the renowned new wave band Vienna, which debuted in 1981.

Reportedly, he passed away on March 25; however, the information was not disclosed until last night. Further information has not been provided.

Ure, the lead singer of Ultravox, remarked on social media in his remembrance: “We collaborated, played, produced music, and directed videos collectively. We became instantaneous companions and Ultravox allies.

“We could pick up where we left off years apart as if that time had never passed.” You served as the cohesive agent that secured the ensemble. You symbolised reason amidst the chaos that permeated our lives. It was a pleasure to evolve and get to know you. “Old friend, you are missed and loved.”

In remembrance, keyboardist Billy Currie also expressed his thoughts via Facebook: “Hello, Everyone, Heartbreaking to learn about Chris… We shared some truly memorable moments. “Mostly laughing.”

During the mid-1970s, Allen was a founding member of Tiger Lily, an early-stage ensemble that evolved into Ultravox.

Ure, who was not initially a band member, succeeded John Foxx as main singer in 1979, guiding the group to some of their most successful albums.

“Outstanding legacy”

Vienna peaked at number two on the charts in February 1981 and was Ultravox’s highest-charting single; according to the Official Charts Company, it was famously held off the top position for three consecutive weeks by Joe Dolce’s Shaddup You Face.

The single peaked at number six in the United Kingdom that year and was voted the country’s fave number two track by Radio 2 and Official Charts in 2013.

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, All Stood Still, and Reap the Wild Wind were additional successes.

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After a separation, the band reunited in 2008 and embarked on a tour the following year. They had sixteen top forty singles and ten top forty albums.

In addition to paying homage on social media, one fan expressed his sorrow on X, formerly Twitter: “What tragic news regarding Chris Cross’s departure. “A tremendous musician who was a vital member of both Ultravox lineups, he will be sorely missed.”

In response to Ure’s post, one commenter stated, “Sad times, wonderful memories, and an incredible legacy of incredible music.” RIP.”

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