Shelley talked of Buzzcocks tour plans in final interview
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