ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN’S IAN MCCULLOCH SINGS AT HAPPY MONDAYS’ PAUL RYDER’S FUNERAL
Echo and The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch has sung at Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder’s funeral.
Ryder, who was the bassist of the Happy Mondays and brother of frontman Shaun, died final month on the age of 58.
Posting the information on social media, the band wrote: “The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning. A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed.”
Alan McGee, who was in attendance on the service, described it as an “amazing send off” and recalled how he spoke originally of the funeral, which occurred in Manchester yesterday (August 4). McGee additionally shared that each McCulloch and Rowetta later sang on the funeral in tribute.
“Amazing send off for my friend Paul Ryder of @happymondaysofficial today in Mancunia .. ian brown / bez and me all shared our memories of Horse ..,” McGee wrote. “Rowetta and Ian [McCulloch] both sang .. I’m glad I spoke at the beginning as the service went on it seemed to get heavier .. at one point I looked up [and] every member of the band was crying .. we loved you Paul Ryder.”
Rowetta added her personal tribute to Ryder on social media writing “we love you so much”.
Others paying their respects on the funeral included Stone Roses’ Ian Brown, Happy Mondays bandmate Bez and former New Order bass participant and now solo artist Peter Hook.
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We LOVE you so much ❤️❤️❤️
Your Mum Linda, the Ians, your children, your ladies.
— Rowetta🎙 (@Rowetta) August 5, 2022
Ian & Sean. Horse loved you.
I love you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4lbs4ihwjh
— Rowetta🎙 (@Rowetta) August 5, 2022
— Georgia scholes (@ScholesGeorgia) August 4, 2022
Ryder shaped the band alongside brother Shaun in 1980, taking part in by means of till their preliminary break up in 1993. While not becoming a member of a reunion the band held in 2004, he did rejoin Happy Mondays for an extra set of reunion dates in 2012, which had continued for the next decade to the current day.
Tributes from these within the Manchester music scene and past poured in for Ryder on-line on the time of his dying. Brown wrote: “REST IN PEACE PAUL RYDER A GREAT FRIEND A GREAT MUSICIAN A GREAT FELLA BIG LOVE TO AMELIA JACOB SONNY CHICO AND THE FAMILY AND BAND LOVE YA LONGTIME PABS X”
Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam added: Really very sorry to listen to of the dying of Paul Ryder – he made an enormous contribution to Happy Mondays and was good firm and a prime fella RIP.”
Last month, the Happy Mondays additionally launched a brand new EP, ‘Tart Tart’, in tribute to Paul.
Shaun stated of the EP: “This particular launch of ‘Tart Tart’ showcases the distinctive musical expertise of our brother Paul Ryder who handed from this world … we are going to all miss you Horse.
“He brought the funk and the rock n roll to Happy Mondays … love you long time R kid.”
You can take heed to the EP above on Spotify, or tune in through different streaming platforms right here.
Additionally, followers can pre-order a particular seven-inch vinyl version of ‘Tart Tart’ from Happy Mondays’ official retailer. The bodily model is because of arrive on November 18.
All earnings from the discharge will likely be donated to MusiCares, a charity chosen by Paul’s daughter Amelia, who defined: “MusiCares is a charity that helps folks within the music business who’re combating dependancy points.
“Fourteen years ago, Paul was given help and support from the organisation who helped fund extended outpatient care and therapy that enabled him to have 14 subsequent happy and productive years.”
She added: “Just two weeks ago he mentioned them in an interview and often expressed his gratitude and desire to pay their support forward so others could be helped too.”