Image copyright Getty Images The Manchester gigs inspired a generation of bands from the city and Buzzcocks went on to support the Pistols on their 1976 Anarchy tour.
Pete Shelley, the lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks, has died aged 63, his bandmates have said.
Image copyright Getty Images The record proved hugely popular and Buzzcocks' stock rose even as Devoto quit the group, leaving Shelley to take over lead vocals.
Image copyright Getty Images Born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, near Wigan, Shelley formed Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto while studying in Bolton.
Peter Hook, the bassist in the former band and, later, in New Order, said Shelley was a “true gent” after the news of his death broke on Thursday.
Weeks after forming the band, Shelley and Devoto travelled nearly 200 miles in a borrowed car to see the Sex Pistols play and eventually convinced the latter band’s manager, Malcolm McLaren, to let them play on the same bill in return for organising a gig for the Sex Pistols in Manchester.
Image copyright Getty Images The band had released its final LP, The Way, in 2014.
Shelley wrote the band’s most famous song Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve), which was released in 1978 – about two years after Buzzcocks’ formation.
Image copyright Getty Images Shelley pursued a solo career, introducing more experimental electronic music into his repertoire, and had a club hit with Homosapien.