Pete de Freitas

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Pete de Freitas
Birth namePeter Louis Vincent de Freitas
Born(1961-08-02)2 August 1961
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died14 June 1989(1989-06-14) (aged 27)
Longdon Green, England
GenresPost-punk, alternative rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1979–1989
Associated actsEcho & the Bunnymen, The Wild Swans, The Sex Gods

Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas (2 August 1961 – 14 June 1989) was an English musician and producer. He was the drummer in Echo & the Bunnymen, and performed on their first five albums.

De Freitas was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and educated by the Benedictines at Downside School in Somerset, south-west England. His father, Denis, was a copyright lawyer.[1] He joined the Bunnymen in 1979, replacing a drum machine.[2] Bunnymen's singer Ian McCulloch related that they told him "to get stuck into the toms. Budgie [from the Banshees] was the only other drummer doing that stuff at the time and Pete loved his drumming".[3]

He funded, produced and played drums under the name Louis Vincent on the first single of the Wild Swans, "The Revolutionary Spirit", in 1982, for the Zoo Records label.[4]

In 1985, de Freitas temporarily left the band. He spent several months drinking in New Orleans, while attempting to form a new group, the Sex Gods. By 1987, he returned to the Bunnymen to record their fifth album, though only as a part-time member.[5] He was married in the same year and his daughter Lucie Marie was born in 1988.[6]

De Freitas died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at the age of 27, on his way to Liverpool from London. He was riding a 900cc Ducati motorcycle on the A51 road in Longdon Green, Staffordshire when he collided with a motor vehicle at approximately 16:00. His ashes are buried in Goring-on-Thames.[7]

His sisters Rose and Rachel were founding members of the band the Heart Throbs. His brother Frank is the bass player of the Woodentops.[8]

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  1. ^ Maureen Duffy (24 January 2004). "Obituary: Denis de Freitas". The Guardian.
  2. ^ Bourke, Fionnuala (17 November 2015). "12 Things you didn't know about Echo & the Bunnymen". birminghammail.
  3. ^ Adams, Chris (2002). Turquoise Days: The Weird World of Echo & the Bunnymen. NY: Soft Skull Press. p. 61. ISBN 1887128891. we banned hi-hats and anything else that 'tsss.' We told him to get stuck into the toms. Budgie [from the Banshees] was the only other drumming doing that stuff at the time and Pete loved his drumming. - Ian McCulloch, 1995
  4. ^ "The Wild Swans with Paul Simpson in conversation".
  5. ^ "Paul Du Noyer interviews Echo & The Bunnymen". Archived from the original on 27 May 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Echo & The Bunnymen's 'Bright And Beautiful' Pete De Freitas Remembered". Mojo.
  7. ^ MacDonald, Les (July 2010). The Day the Music Died – Les MacDonald – Google Books. ISBN 9781453522677.
  8. ^ "Woodentops - Interviews".

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