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Pete Shelley: Stars' tributes show Buzzcocks singer's huge influence

BBC News

Tributes have been paid to Pete Shelley, lead singer of punk band Buzzcocks, following his death aged 63. "Playing shows with The Buzzcocks was one of the highlights of my life," said Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. "Thank you Pete for all the great words and music." Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order fame, said Shelley was "a true gent" who "helped us so much... out of a sheer love for all things punk". Duran Duran, Green Day and REM's Mike Mills have also posted tributes. Shelley, who was born Peter McNeish in 1955, died on Thursday in Estonia of a suspected heart attack.


Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley dies at 63

BBC News

Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley has died at 63 of a suspected heart attack. The punk band are best known for their hit, Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've). Their management told the BBC that Shelley died on Thursday in Estonia where he was living. BBC music correspondent Lizo Mzimba said Buzzcocks, who formed in Bolton in the 1970s, were regarded as more polished, but musically no less influential, than the Sex Pistols. The band have tweeted saying Shelley was "one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks".


Pete Shelley: The story of Buzzcocks' pansexual punk anthem Ever Fallen in Love

BBC News

Everybody has fallen in love with someone they shouldn't have fallen in love with, so everybody can relate to the famous Buzzcocks song. But not everybody knows their late frontman Pete Shelley, inspired by a line from a musical, wrote it about a man. Manchester punk band Buzzcocks made a big impact on music in a number of ways. They essentially invented indie by releasing the first DIY single, the Spiral Scratch EP, in 1977. They booked the Sex Pistols to perform in Manchester in 1976 for two gigs that inspired a generation of great Mancunian bands.


The Papers: Concerns about NHS on front pages

BBC News

The head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, is in the news this morning. According to the Times, five million patients a month are waiting more than three weeks to see their GP. And the paper says 1,000 fewer family doctors are in post than when ministers pledged to recruit an extra 5,000 in 2015. Mr Stevens' plan for joined up care to keep patients out of hospital "relies on beefed-up GP surgeries offering more treatment and co-ordination locally, but despite extra money, £20,000 'golden hellos' and overseas recruitment drives, numbers continue to fall", the Times adds. Meanwhile, Mr Stevens is said to be at loggerheads with Downing Street, the Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care about how much his long-term plan for the health service can promise to boost care.


Top weekend picks include the Gonzalez Family concert and Savion Glover's tap-dancing

Los Angeles Times

Siblings, sans rivalry: Martha Gonzalez, lead singer of the veteran Chicano band Quetzal, her salsa-star brother Gabriel and their sister Claudia, a.k.a. the singer-songwriter Cava, share the stage in the tune-filled retrospective "Caminos y Canciones: Roads & Songs of the Gonzalez Family" to close out the Aratani World Series. 'Da noise and'da funk will be in full effect when Tony-winning dancer-choreographer Savion Glover mixes it up with legendary jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and fellow tap-dancer Marshall Davis. A troubled Native American teen is sent to live with his Tlingit grandparents in a remote fishing village in Alaska in Frank Henry Kaash Katasse's new coming-of-age tale "They Don't Talk Back," a co-production of La Jolla Playhouse, Native Voices at the Autry and Alaska's Perseverance Theatre. The orchestra concludes its 71st season with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Great Russian Easter" Overture, Ravel's arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Robert Thies. "What do I get?!" Still sneering and soldiering on after four decades, Buzzcocks -- the too-fast, too-loud and highly influential British band led by singer-guitarist Pete Shelley -- graces the O.C. with their punk presence.