Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks guitarist, lead singer and founder dies aged 63

08 December, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • The Buzzcocks with Steve Diggle, Pete Shelley and Danny Farrant

Pete Shelley, the lead singer of influential punk rock band Buzzcocks has died in Estonia. "When The Adored was lucky enough to tour United Kingdom with Buzzcocks, I noticed that Pete would watch all of the supporting bands every night".

"I am totally shocked and saddened to just hear of the untimely death of Pete Shelley, Glen Matlock who was the bass guitarist for the original lineup of the Sex Pistols, wrote".

A PETITION has been launched to get a Buzzcocks song to number one, following Pete Shelley's death.

The Buzzcocks, with Steve Diggle (L), Pete Shelley, Steve Garvey and Danny Farrant (rear) perform at "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" at CBS Television City on July 24, 2006, in Los Angeles.

"Someone in the office just said 'Weren't The Buzzcocks just a one-hit wonder?' and there's almost been a fight", wrote the BBC's Jeremy Vine.


Shelley, they said, "wrote songs that could rage and yet be joyful, that could be positive and cynical, all in a two minute blast of energy that was built to blow your face off". The soundtrack to being a teenager. Thank you Pete and R.I.P.

Former Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn and writer Neil Gaiman were among the first to pay their respects on social media.

In Buzzcocks - The Complete History, author Tony McGartland said the object of Shelley's affections was Francis Cookson, a musical collaborator who Shelley ended up living with.

Born Peter Campbell McNeish in Lancashire, England, Shelley formed Buzzcocks in the mid 1970s with Howard Devoto, who was the band's original frontman.

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