Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Passes Away

The most recent formation of the band consisted as Pete Shelley on vocals and guitar, Steve Diggle, on vocals and guitar, Chris Remmington on bass and Danny Farrant on drums.

BBC News cited music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as saying the band was "inspired by the Sex Pistols' energy, yet didn't copy the Pistols' angry political stance".

In the year 2000, the host of the series invited Shelley up on stage and said that without Buzzcocks, the name of the show would've never existed.

The lead singer of punk band Buzzcocks, best known for punk classics such as Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've), What Do I Get? and Promises died in Estonia where he was living, the group's management confirmed. He founded Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto after they met at what is now the University of Bolton.

Glen Matlock, whose band the Sex Pistols were invited by Buzzcocks to play Manchester in the summer of 1976, tweeted that Shelley was "a totally sweet hearted guy who was one of the very few originals of punk". Devoto left the band in 1977, with Shelley stepping in as frontman and main songwriter.

The Buzzcocks broke up in the early 1980s, but reunited in the late '80s and continued to perform and record over the past three decades.

Tributes for the musician have been pouring in on Twitter.

Thorn called Shelley an "amazing songwriter", while Gaiman tweeted, "part of my youth dies with him". "My deepest condolences to his family and friends". He helped us so much at the start of our career out of a sheer love for all things punk.



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