In honor of singer-songwriter and guitarist Pete Shelley, Buzzcocks remaining members will perform a tribute show on June 21st. Pete Shelley, the co-founder and lead singer of the Buzzcocks, had a successful career spanning over 5 decades. He is held with high regard in the music industry, influencing many generations for his work as a solo artist and alongside members Howard Devoto, Steve Diggle, Steve Garvey, and John Maherin in the British punk band Buzzcocks. Members of The Damned, as well as Thurston Moore, the Only Ones, Penetration, the Skids and Tim Burgess are others taking part in the tribute; which will take place in London, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The show is not supposed to be just a tribute but also a celebration of Shelley’s life. Pete Shelley passed away late last year at age 63 from a heart attack. Steve Diggle, guitarist of the Buzzcocks talked about the tribute, “I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.” Billy Joe Armstrong, from Green Day was another musician to give recognition to Pete Shelley, he said “Rest in peace Pete Shelley, you truly are an inspiration to me, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. We covered ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ as best we could. ‘Singles Going Steady’ was a huge record for me. Buzzcocks pretty much invented a style that would influence multiple generations of lonesome hearts and weirdos.”