Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley dies aged 63

Lydia FlemingDec 08, 2018

The Buzzcocks were pioneers of British punk alongside the Clash and the Sex Pistols.

Shelley's brother, Gary Mcneish, confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away".

Pete Shelley, one of the founding members of the legendary punk rock band, Buzzcocks, has tragically died at the age of 63-years-old after years of touring and performing.

The band's management said he died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living.

Tim Burgess added: "Pete Shelley wrote flawless three-minute pop songs". Buzzcocks also reunited several times in the ensuing decades; their most recent album was 2014's The Way. "What I will always hold dear to my heart is how supportive, gracious, and encouraging Pete and his band were", he wrote on Instagram.

Wrote Duran Duran: "We are very very sad to hear of his death".

Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle
Buzzcocks John Maher Steve Garvey Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle

Pete Shelley wrote flawless three minute pop songs. His two-note solo on "Boredom" was like the Duchamp toilet, nothing was the same afterwards.

Buzzcocks were known for being listenable and romantic while simultaneously brashly in-your-face, with catchy hits like Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've) and What Do I Get? juxtaposed against tracks like Orgasm Addict and Why Can't I Touch It?

Writing on Instagram, Duran Duran remembered Shelley as "a courageous iconoclast" and "a true legend" whose death had left them "very very sad".

Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan said: "Rest in peace, Pete Shelley".

Manchester's punk gods were on their first headline tour in November 1977 when they pitched up at the now long gone Blenheim Guest House on Blenheim Place before their gig the following night at the Clouds - aka the Cavendish Ballroom.

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