Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong has led tributes to Pete Shelley, after the punk icon died at the age of 63 of a suspected heart attack.
Buzzcocks are perhaps best known for their 1978 hit, ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’.
The frontman’s brother Gary McNeish announced the news on Facebook.
He told fans: “This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away.”
This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, is tell you my brother Pete Shelley had a heart attack this morning and passed away.
Posting on Instagram, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong recalled how he had covered The Buzzcocks during his early days with Green Day.
Ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock remembers Shelley as “one of the very few originals of punk”.
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Rest In Peace Pete Shelley . You truly are an inspiration to me, mike and Tre. We covered Ever fallen in love the 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. Never shy about writing beautiful melodies into loud fast punk. You are the harmony in my head – Billie Joe
I am totally shocked and saddened to just hear of the untimely death of Pete Shelley.
A superb songwriter, artist and a totally sweet hearted guy who was one of the very few originals of punk and even a one off within that.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/vqYRtYyf1C
— Glen Matlock (@GlenMatlock) December 6, 2018
One of the all time greats. Lucky enough to have played with them at the Gmex in 2009. RIP Mr Shelley. Your words and music will continue to inspire. This will forever be one of my favourite songs.
— Liam Fray (@What_Liam_Said) December 6, 2018
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Saddened to hear of the passing of Pete Shelley. Like many, I was a fan of the Buzzcocks, and Pete's one-of-a-kind voice. But what I want to share here is more personal. The Pumpkins opened for The Buzzcocks in our early days; once in Chicago and once in Paris. And what I will always hold dear to my heart is how supportive, gracious, and encouraging Pete and his band were. Especially in those Gish days when many didn't understand our approach or the sound we were after. It's that kind of encouragement that means so much to a young musician. And Pete gave it in spades. God speed to a true punk. -WPC
RIP Pete Shelley pic.twitter.com/l634wdn1gH
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) December 7, 2018
Tim Burgess tweeted about his favourite Buzzcocks song, ‘Promises’, in paying tribute to Shelley.
Farewell Pete Shelley.
The first album I ever owned was Love Bites By Buzzcocks. This is my favourite song by them https://t.co/5PSjuQpPM9
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) December 6, 2018
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) December 7, 2018
Comedian David Baddiel sent a “grumpyoldmantweet” in reaction to people seemingly being more upset about Love Island couple splits than the death of a world-famous musician.
People on here being more upset about Dani Dyer splitting up with some cunt from Love Island than Pete Shelley's death makes me long for 1978 #grumpyoldmantweet
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) December 6, 2018
Tracey Thorn remember Shelley as a an “amazing songwriter”.
Oh God but I loved Buzzcocks. And Pete Shelley was an amazing songwriter. "But after all life's only death's recompense." RIP ♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/vAAg7Jui52
— Tracey Thorn (@tracey_thorn) December 6, 2018
So sad this evening, just hearing the news that Buzzcocks legend Pete Shelley has died.
A brilliant songwriter, of course.
And those 1978-79 TOTP performances of their early classics are a joy to re-watch.
Like this corker…https://t.co/aoTNF5dux2
— Lee Thompson (@leethommo) December 6, 2018
Genuinely devasted RIP Pete Shelley 💔❤️😭
thanks for the music
— sharon smith (@whiskiesmum) December 6, 2018
The author Neil Gaiman tweeted “part of my youth dies with him”.
Buzzcocks paid tribute to their late bandmember: “Pete’s music has inspired generations of musicians over a career that spanned five decades and with his band and as a solo artist, he was held in the highest regard by the music industry and by his fans around the world.”