Shel­ley was plan­ning to reprise Buz­zcocks’ great­est songs on tour

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Punk pi­o­neer Pete Shel­ley.

Punk pi­o­neer Pete Shel­ley was plan­ning to reprise his great­est songs on tour be­fore his sud­den death prior to Christ­mas, he said in his fi­nal in­ter­view.

The Buz­zcocks front­man had hoped to get to­gether with his band for a Christ­mas meal to plan the fu­ture and dis­cuss the shows, he told Record Col­lec­tor (RC) mag­a­zine.

The in­flu­en­tial singer/song­writer died on De­cem­ber 6, aged 63, at his home in Es­to­nia.

In his fi­nal in­ter­view days be­fore his sud­den death, Shel­ley told RC: “We’ve got our last gig of the year in Hol­land in a cou­ple of weeks (The Buz­zcocks were due to play Arn­hem on 14 De­cem­ber 2018) so we’ll talk it over then.

“Get to­gether and have a cosy Buz­zcocks’ Christ­mas din­ner.”

Shel­ley, who co-founded the band and penned the 1978 punk clas­sic Ever Fallen In Love (With Some­one You Shouldn’t’ve), said their mu­sic had “stood the test of time”.

He added: “And there’s something that hap­pens when we go on stage and play those songs that’s just fan­tas­tic.

“It’s gone down the gen­er­a­tions. We’ve had moth­ers and daugh­ters at gigs and now we’re at the grand­moth­ers, moth­ers and daugh­ters stage.

“I mean, we were never suc­cess­ful in chart terms: our high­est chart po­si­tion was No 12 for Ever Fallen In Love.

“The suc­cess is how we’ve be­come a part of peo­ple’s lives. But these are the things you can’t plan for.”

Four Buz­zcocks al­bums will be reis­sued this year by Domino Records.

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