Rokkarar minnast Pete Shelley

Pete Shelley á tónleikum árið 2009.
Pete Shelley á tónleikum árið 2009. Ljósmynd/Wikipedia.org/Grahams cyber-world

Þekktir tónlistarmenn víða að úr heiminum minnast Pete Shelley, söngvara bresku pönksveitarinnar Buzzcocks, á samfélagsmiðlum. Þar má nefna Billy Corgan úr The Smashing Pumpkins, Billie Joe Armstrong úr Green Day, Mike Mills úr R.E.M., Stuart Murdock úr Belle and Sebastian og hljómsveitina Pearl Jam.

Shelley lést í gær af völdum hjartaáfalls, að því er talið er, 63 ára gamall. Buzzcocks var þekktust fyrir lagið Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've). Söngvarinn lést í Eistlandi þar sem hann bjó, að sögn BBC

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Saddened to hear of the passing of Pete Shelley. Like many, I was a fan of the Buzzcocks, and Pete's one-of-a-kind voice. But what I want to share here is more personal. The Pumpkins opened for The Buzzcocks in our early days; once in Chicago and once in Paris. And what I will always hold dear to my heart is how supportive, gracious, and encouraging Pete and his band were. Especially in those Gish days when many didn't understand our approach or the sound we were after. It's that kind of encouragement that means so much to a young musician. And Pete gave it in spades. God speed to a true punk. -WPC

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Pete Shelley RIP Playing shows with the Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life. I listened to Singles and Tension as much as any records I’ve owned. Thank you, Pete, for all the great words and music. Condolences to Steve and the boys. Hollow Inside, JA

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Rest In Peace Pete Shelley . You truly are an inspiration to me, mike and Tre. We covered Ever fallen in love the best we could. Singles going steady was a huge record for me. Buzzcocks pretty much invented a style that would influence multiple generations of lonesome hearts and weirdos. Never shy about writing beautiful melodies into loud fast punk. You are the harmony in my head - Billie Joe

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Buzzcocks var áhrifamikil hljómsveit sem var stofnuð af Shelley og Howard Devoto í Boston en flutti sig um set til Manchester eftir að hafa séð Sex Pistols á tónleikum. Devoto var upphaflegur söngvari sveitarinnar en eftir að hann hætti tók Shelley við hljóðnemanum.

Eftir að Shelley leysti hljómsveitina upp hóf hann sólóferil. Undir lok níunda áratugarins kom hljómsveitin saman á ný og öðlaðist vinsældir hjá nýrri kynslóð eftir að hafa hitað upp fyrir Nirvana í síðustu tónleikaferð þeirrar sveitar árið 1994. Síðasta plata Buzzcocks kom út árið 2014.

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