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Buzzcocks - A Celebration Of Pete Shelley's Life
After the tragic death of Buzzcocks frontman and founder member Pete Shelley, the remaining members felt that the evening should become a tribute to Pete and a celebration of his life.
They will be performing with some special guest vocalists including Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible (The Damned), Peter Perrett (Only Ones), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Pauline Murray (Penetration), Richard Jobson (The Skids), original Buzzcocks Steve Garvey and John Maher and compere for the evening Paul Morley, with more guests to be announced soon.
This will be first time that the Royal Albert Hall has hosted an evening of music featuring a three-band bill of some of the premier artists from the 1970’s punk and new wave scene. This will be The Skids last full band electric show for the foreseeable future.
1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds. Perhaps best known for their '79 top ten hit 'Into The Valley', they became a major influence on later bands like Green Day and Manic Street Preachers. Via Pledgemusic, the boys celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017 by releasing 'Burning Cities', their first new album in 35 years!
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Formed in '76, Durham band Penetration make uncompromising, aggressive punk. Splitting in 1980, they reformed in 2001 and have been playing periodically ever since. The band have undergone a few member changes over the years, with the current line-up being Robert Blamire, John Maher (ex-Buzzcocks), Paul Harvey and Steve Wallace. As always, they remain fronted by the powerful vocals of Pauline Murray, a singer who has drawn inevitable comparisons with Patti Smith and Siouxsie Sioux.
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Captain Sensible (born Raymond Burns) a singer, songwriter and guitarist that co-founded the punk rock band The Damned in 1976. He has also enjoyed a successful solo career and is a member of supergroup Dead Men Walking.
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From school punk to modern day film producer Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere 15 year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson. After four albums The Skids folded and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson moved on to form his new band Big Country. In the 1980s Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter on '01 For London' and as film reviewer for Sky Television. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University. With a life that has gone full circle in 2017 he reactivated The Skids.
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Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll. From its influence on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006, the band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.
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Frontman with Manchester indie gods The Charlatans, Tim also performs solo gigs playing a mix of old favourites and new tunes. A busy man, he is also an in-demand DJ playing a heady mix of northern soul, funk and indie when behind the decks. Tim has also turned writer, publishing his well-received biographies 'Telling Stories' and 'Tim Book Two'.
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Peter Perrett is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the frontman of the 70's rock band The Only Ones who split up in 1982 and reformed in 2007.
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Pauline Murray, lead singer of classic punk band Penetration was big news on the punk rock scene in the late '70s and played at gigs with The Stranglers, Generation X and The Buzzcocks among others. The Ferryhill based band performed their best-known single 'Don’t Dictate' on Granada TV’s iconic 'So it Goes' music show. In the early '80s, Pauline teamed up with punk poet John Cooper Clarke’s backing band, The Invisible Girls and toured extensively to promote their album, 'Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls'. Many experts on '80s pop culture cite the album as “the one that got away”, an excellent album that contained tracks that should have propelled Pauline up the charts. Now, Pauline divides her time between her business, Polestar Studios in Byker where bands can rent out rehearsal space and touring with her band Penetration.
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Paul Morley is an English journalist, who wrote for the New Musical Express from 1977 to 1983, during one of its most successful periods, and has since written for a wide range of publications. He has also has been a band manager and promoter, as well as a television presenter.
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Dave Vanian, John Maher, Steve Garvey
Royal Albert Hall
- Kensington Gore
- SW7 2AP
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