Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks guitarist, lead singer and founder dies aged 63
Dec 09 2018
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. His high-register vocals became the band's signature sound, and it can be heard on hits like "Ever Fallen In Love" and "Why Can't I Touch It?" Impressed by the Sex Pistols' high-energy performances, they brought the band to Manchester.
Musician Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks perform onstage during day 2 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2012 in Indio, California.
Shelley was born near Manchester in 1955 to a former mill worker and a fitter at a nearby coal mine.
The band debuted a year later, opening for the Sex Pistols. Devoto soon left the group, leaving Shelley to handle songwriting and vocal duties on top of his work as guitarist.
Buzzcocks' John Maher, Steve Garvey, Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.
It was at this time that Shelley talked about his bisexuality, which had been implicit in numerous Buzzcocks songs he had written.
Shelley's death has also generated tributes from beyond the world of music. "Absolutely stunning. God bless Pete Shelley". "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.
"Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and music".
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