Lead singer of The Buzzcocks Pete Shelley dead at 63

Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley has died aged 63

Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley has died aged 63

The British punk band's management told the BBC that Shelley died Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

The band is known for hits like "Ever Fallen in Love", "Orgasm Addict" and "What Do I Get".

The band were due on tour next year with a date at the O2 Academy in Glasgow on June 29.

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".

Teenage Fanclub singer Norman Blake tweeted how important Shelley's songs had been in his youth, and remained so today.

The hearts of everyone at Kerrang! go out to Pete's friends, family, bandmates and fans.

Midge Ure said: "Sad to hear of death of one of the punk/new wave pioneers".

Shelley, real name Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in Leigh, a town in Greater Manchester.

Through various line-up changes, Shelley continued to perform with Buzzcocks and is pictured below at Sounds of the City, at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl, in July.

The record proved hugely popular and Buzzcocks' stock rose even as Devoto quit the group, leaving Shelley to take over lead vocals.

The author Neil Gaiman said "part of my youth dies with him".

Getting their start in 1976, around the same time as the explosion of the punk rock scene in the United Kingdom, among The Clash, The Damned, The Ramones (from New York City), and the Sex Pistol, Buzzcocks have released many studio albums to critical acclaim.

Buzzcocks live in May.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.