Buz­zcocks singer dead at 63

The Province - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The punk band Buz­zcocks has con­firmed “with great sad­ness” the death of the band’s co-founder, Pete Shel­ley,

whom it called “one of the U.K.’s most in­flu­en­tial and pro­lific song­writ­ers.” He was 63.

The band an­nounced the news late Thurs­day in a tweet on its web­site. It did not elab­o­rate on the de­tails of Shel­ley’s death but said that more in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased later.

Shel­ley, whose real name was Peter Camp­bell McNeish, was born in the English town of Leigh in 1955.

He founded Buz­zcocks with Howard Devoto af­ter they met at what is now the Univer­sity of Bolton and the band de­buted in 1976 in Manch­ester, open­ing for the Sex Pis­tols.

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