Green Day and The Sex Pistols lead tributes as Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies aged 63


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.

The lead singer of legendary Bolton punk rock band Buzzcocks died yesterday (November 6) in Estonia where he was living, the band’s management told the BBC.

Pete Shelley (approx 1978)

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.”

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”.

Tim Burgess tweeted about his favourite Buzzcocks song, ‘Promises’, in paying tribute to Shelley.

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.

Tracey Thorn remember Shelley as a an “amazing songwriter”.

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.”