Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Has Died At 63

Buzzcocks Frontman Pete Shelley Has Died At 63

Shelley co-founded Buzzcocks in 1976 with singer-songwriter Howard Devoto, who later left the band to leave Shelley as its vocalist and songwriter.

Pete Shelley, lead singer of United Kingdom punk band the Buzzcocks is dead at age 63.

"A more detailed statement will follow".

They debuted a year later, opening for the Sex Pistols.

BBC reported the musician's death after being informed by the band's management that Shelley died Thursday in Estonia, where he was living at the time.

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Buzzcocks released their first EP, Spiral Scratch, on their own independent label, New Hormones. His final full-length album was Cinema Music and Wallpaper Sounds, a solo album released back in 2016.

Shelley had a hit with "Homosapien" in 1981 as a solo performer; the single was banned by the BBC for its reference to gay sex.

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.

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".

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

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