Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63

Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63

Buzzcocks frontman, guitarist and songwriter Pete Shelley has died aged 63, with initial reports claiming that the singer had a suspected heart attack.

The Manchester band are best known for their hit songs Ever Fallen in Love and What Do I Get?

In a statement released via Twitter, the Bolton group's management confirmed Shelley's death.

Lead singer of one of punk's most influential bands Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks has died.

The band said, "Pete's music inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades. and was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world".

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Shelley, whose real name was Peter Campbell McNeish, was inspired to form Buzzcocks after seeing the Sex Pistols perform, according to Variety.

It was at this time that Shelley talked about his bisexuality, which had been implicit in numerous Buzzcocks songs he had written.

Pete Shelley's last appearance with the band in Glasgow was at the annual Scotland Calling festival of old school punk in April at the O2 ABC - two months before the Sauchiehall Street venue was devastated by fire. The soundtrack to being a teenager.

And singer Tracey Thorn, formerly of Everything But The Girl, said Shelley had been an "amazing songwriter".

She tweeted: "Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. 'But after all life's only death's recompense'".

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