Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Lead singer of The Buzzcocks Pete Shelley dead at 63

Lead singer of The Buzzcocks Pete Shelley dead at 63

The band's management reportedly told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living. While no cause of death has yet been officially determined, BBC speculates he died via a heart attack.

A petition has now been launched to get the band's 1978 hit 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' to number one.

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament said that he was "Hollow Inside".

The Manchester gigs inspired a generation of bands from the city and Buzzcocks went on to support the Pistols on their 1976 Anarchy tour. Without Pete & the Buzzcocks I would probably still be working at the Docks.

Howard Devoto left the band after the first album and since then the staff changed often, and Pete Shelley remained a constant leader and soloist of the group. "What I will always hold dear to my heart is how supportive, gracious, and encouraging Pete and his band were", he wrote on Instagram. The group formed in the 1970s and greatly influenced the music scene in the United Kingdom. "You will be missed".

Shelley, whose real name was Peter Campbell McNeish, was born in the English town of Leigh in 1955.

Among the many tributes starting to pour in on social media, Tim Burgess of Charlatans UK had this to say: "Pete Shelley wrote flawless three minute pop songs". The soundtrack to being a teenager. The Buzzcocks taught me so much about songwriting, especially in chord structures.

Tributes have started flooding in online with punk band Stiff Little Fingers tweeting: "All of us are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a true original and phenomenal songwriter".

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

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