Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By RE­BECCA DAY news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

BUZ­ZCOCKS front­man Pete Shel­ley has died fol­low­ing a sus­pected heart at­tack, his brother has con­firmed.

Shel­ley, whose real name was Peter Camp­bell McNeish, was born in Leigh. He passed away yes­ter­day morn­ing, aged 63.

His brother, Gary McNeish, posted a heart­felt tribute on Face­book.

It read: “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.”

Char­la­tans star Tim Burgess paid his re­spects to the singer in a tweet. It read: “Farewell, Pete Shel­ley. The first al­bum I ever owned was Love Bites By Buz­zcocks.”

Shel­ley formed Buz­zcocks with Howard Devoto in 1975 after they met at the Bolton In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and trav­elled to Lon­don to­gether to see the Sex Pis­tols.

The punk out­fit was best known for its hit sin­gle Ever Fallen in Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t’ve).

Shel­ley also be­gan work­ing on solo ma­te­rial in 1974, but it re­mained un­heard un­til 1980 when it was re­leased on his own la­bel, Groovy Records.

His Buz­zcocks band­mates paid tribute, writ­ing on Twit­ter: “It’s with great sad­ness that we con­firm the death of Pete Shel­ley, one of the UK’s most in­flu­en­tial and pro­lific song­writ­ers and co-founder of the sem­i­nal orig­i­nal punk band Buz­zcocks. 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.”

Buz­zcocks were to­gether un­til 1981 be­fore re­form­ing in 1989.

Shel­ley also com­posed the theme mu­sic for the in­tro to the Tour de France on Chan­nel 4.

Pete Shel­ley

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