Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley has died

Posted On 07 Dec 2018 at 1:21 am

Pete Shelley (left) with the Buzzcocks live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 20.10.16 (pic Andy Sturmey)

Tonight I was at a gig up at the Prince Albert in Brighton and as I was taking a photo of Hotel Lux on my phone, a message popped up from a friend informing me of the awful news that Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks had died from a suspected heart attack in Estonia where he was living.

I was truly stunned as the Buzzcocks have always been my favourite British punk band and in fact my very first concert was the famous Buzzcocks riot gig at the Top Rank in Brighton on Wednesday 8th November 1978 – talk about a baptism of fire!

The flyer and ticket from the Buzzcocks Brighton riot gig

I was very fortunate to have met Shelley in Brighton on 8th May 1986 at a special questions and answers session that was held at the Pavilion Theatre. It was something to do with an event and it was during his Zip ‘Your Love’ period.

My treasured Pete Shelley ticket

At the special event, there were only about a ten to a dozen fans sitting in a row on chairs facing Shelley and we were allowed to ask him some questions. All I can remember was that everyone was really shy and that I was the first person to ask him a question, although I can’t remember anything else from that session, other than I had very cheekily brought along my entire Buzzcocks/Pete Shelley record collection for him to sign. He graciously signed the lot without complaint. I still treasure them to this very day and in fact, here are all of the 7” records that he autographed for me. The 12” ones are currently not easily accessible. But I would like to share these with you as a memento of the great man.

Pete Shelley live at the Concorde 2, Brighton 2014 (pic Nick Tutt/Captivitas Photography)

It was an honour meeting him and reviewing the last Buzzcocks Brighton gig at the Concorde 2 on Thursday 20th October 2016.

Rest in peace Peter Campbell McNeish (17.4.1955 – 6.12.2018) xx

‘Spiral Scratch’ 7″ EP

‘Orgasm Addict’ 7″ single

‘What Do I Get?’ 7″ single

‘Love You More’ 7″ single

‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)’ 7″ single

‘Promises’ 7″ single

‘Everybody’s Happy Nowadays’ 7″ single

‘Harmony in My Head’ 7″ single

‘Are Everything’/’Why She’s a Girl from the Chainstore’ 7″ single

‘Strange Thing’/’Airwaves Dream’ 7″ single

‘Running Free’/’What Do You Know’ 7″ single

‘I Don’t Know What Love Is’ 7″ single

Rare ‘Qu’est-Ce Que C’est Que Ça’ 7″ flexi-disc

  1. Jon M Reply

    Wow, lovely collection of singles and Buzzcocks ‘history’.

    This is a really awesome page.

    It’s not everyday one views a local Brighton and Hove news website as being a curator of social history.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Thank you very much for your kind words Jon. 🙂

  2. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    I heard – from Roy Carr – that the Buzzcocks made an unreleased album with Phil Spector (presumably around the time of his one with the Ramones), but have never seen this mentioned. Are there any more details of that?

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      Sadly, I have no knowledge of this and find it highly unlikely. Sorry that I cannot help.

      • Christopher Hawtree Reply

        Yes, it seemed odd to me – but Roy Carr knew Spector at the time. Perhaps something will emerge. Could be sensational.

  3. Rory I R Clarke Reply

    Went to the 8/11/78 concert and recall drums getting rolled up west street, am I going mad or was one the support bands Warsaw? Convinced they were but doubting myself now.

    • Nick Linazasoro Reply

      I wish it was Warsaw as in Joy Division. It was Subway Sect – 100% certain!

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