King Diamond Pays Tribute to Budgie’s Burke Shelley, “One of my true heroes has left us” – 2022

King Diamond: Sad news that one of my true heroes, Burke Shelley, has left us.
I had the extreme pleasure to meet in person, Burke Shelley and Tony Bourge of Budgie, in Copenhagen Denmark, December 1975 during the “Bandolier” tour. They gave me after the show a promo postcard of theirs which I asked them to sign, and which is still one of my most prized music-related possessions. Budgie has always played on my stereo, and that’s not going to change.