Buzzcocks and Thurston Moore to perform at Pete Shelley tribute gig

Notable guest vocalists will fill-in for Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley at a tribute gig on June 21.

The line up includes Thurston Moore, Peter Perrett (Only Ones), David Vanian and Captain Sensible (the Damned), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (the Skids), Tim Burgess (the Charlatans), and original Buzzcocks members Steve Garvey and John Maher.

In a recent press release, Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle commented “I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.”

Other acts performing that evening include sets by Skids and Penetration. The event is historic as it will be the first time Royal Albert Hall will be home to 70s punk rockers.

Shelley’s songwriting and vocal influences on the punk rock genre are recognised as crucial to the birth of the movement. He embodies the playful and cheeky colour of punk, which can be contrasted with the Sex Pistols’ more provocative and political angle.

Shelley passed away at age 63 from a heart attack in December 2018. His bandmates described him as “one of the UK’s most influential and prolific songwriters”.

May 2019 is clearly an exciting month for the British music scene, with Joy Division recently announcing their special 40th-anniversary re-release of Unknown Pleasures.