Shel­ley talked of Buz­zcocks tour plans in fi­nal in­ter­view

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The punk rock pi­o­neer Pete Shel­ley had been plan­ning to reprise his great­est songs on tour be­fore his sud­den death last month, he said in his fi­nal in­ter­view.

The Buz­zcocks’ singer and song­writer hoped to get to­gether with band mem­bers for a Christ­mas meal to plan the fu­ture and dis­cuss the shows, he told Record Col­lec­tor mag­a­zine.

Shel­ley died on 6 De­cem­ber, aged 63, at his home in Es­to­nia, prompt­ing trib­utes from across the mu­sic scene, in­clud­ing from the bands Red Hot Chili Pep­pers, Pearl Jam and Pix­ies.

In his fi­nal in­ter­view days be­fore his death, Shel­ley told the mag­a­zine: “We’ve got our last gig of the year in Hol­land in a cou­ple of weeks [Buz­zcocks were due to play Arn­hem on 14 De­cem­ber] 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 on­stage 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.”

Shel­ley was born in Leigh, Greater Manch­ester, and formed Buz­zcocks in Bolton in 1976 with Howard Devoto, who went on to form an­other in­flu­en­tial act, Mag­a­zine.

Four Buz­zcocks al­bums are to be reis­sued this year by Domino Records.

Pete Shel­ley died sud­denly in De­cem­ber at the age of 63

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