Billy Corgan Announces Death Of Iconic Rock Singer: ‘God Speed’


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed the tragic death of legendary Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley in a new Instagram post.

“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.”

The 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”.