Buzzcocks began as an opening act for the Sex Pistols in 1976. The Manchester-based band ‒ Steve Diggle (guitar), Steve Garvey (bass guitar), John Maher (drums), and Pete Shelley (vocals) ‒ pioneered the UK punk scene alongside Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, and The Damned.
With their crisp melodies, Pete Shelley’s biting lyrics, and their fusion of a fantastic, tight-knit rhythm section with blazing guitar chords, Buzzcocks were the go-to pop punk band of the late 70s and early 1980s.
After releasing 3 albums, Buzzcocks broke up in 1981, but reunited in 1989, releasing 6 more albums. Singer-songwriter Shelley died on 6th December 2018. The band decided to carry on in Shelley’s honour.
Current Buzzcocks line-up features founder member Steve Diggle on vocals and guitar, Chris Remington on bass, Danny Farrant on drums, and Mani Perazzoli on guitar. Despite the 45 years since they were in their prime, the legendary Manchester punk icons carry on riffing and raging by creating new, original music.
Buzzcocks, Strings, Saturday 7th May. Support act: Bullybones. Doors open 19:30.
Below: Buzzcocks 1978 hit: Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone you Shouldn’t’ve)
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