Pete Burr


PETE BURR, Providence punk rock legend, passed away on Friday, July 22nd, surrounded by his family and friends.
Pete’s influence on the Providence scene dates back decades. Anyone who was around
Thayer Street in the 1980s remembers his unique artistic style in the many hand-drawn flyers put
up around the neighborhood, promoting the latest records at Tom’s Tracks. His caustic wit was
legendary in the kitchen at Leo’s and behind the counter at Geoff’s.
He was co-founder, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player for the iconic and nationally
recognized bands Collision Service (1980s), Backwash, and Mother Jefferson (1990s). In the
2000s he could be found slamming out guitar and vocals with The Sleazies.
He was also an actor, a writer, a poet, and a costume and set designer.
Pete was a true Renaissance Man, and his passing leaves a permanent vacuum in the
Rock & Roll and artistic worlds, and in the hearts of all who had the great fortune to know him.
He was a true and loyal friend, and a damn fine brother, son, and uncle.
Rest in peace, Pete.