Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, dies at 63

Pete Shelley and The Buzzcocks on stage in 1990. Copyright Mick Hutson Redferns
Copyright Mick Hutson Redferns
By Minyvonne Burke with NBC News Entertainment
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Shelley formed the English rock band with Howard Devoto in 1976.


Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the English punk rock band Buzzcocks died Thursday, according to his management team. He was 63.

"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," his team said in a statement. "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."

The band was formed in England in 1976 by Shelley and former Buzzcocks singer Howard Devoto. According to its website, they were scheduled to perform in the Netherlands on Dec. 14 and in London over the summer.

The group's first two albums, "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" and "Love Bites," are also being re-issued for their 40th anniversary and are expected to be released in January, the website states.

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