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The Buzzcocks
The Buzzcocks

THE Buzzcocks are taking part in a seventies gig as part of a the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

The band, which features Pete Shelley, of Leigh, are one of the bands lined up for The Last Jubilee event in Bath.

The festival, which will raise money for children’s charities, runs from Saturday, June 2 to Monday, June 4, the day before the extra bank holiday set aside for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Other bands include The Damned, Eddie and the Hot Rods, the Rezillos and Bad Manners.

The band also announced that they will do two special gigs, appearing as the original and new line-ups in Manchester on May 25 May and in Brixton the following night.

The band will also perform at The Incubate Festival in The Netherlands in September.

Pete, (pictured second right) 56, formed The Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto after the two met at Bolton Institute of Technology (now the University of Bolton) in 1975 and subsequently travelled to London to see The Sex Pistols.

The band, which has seen several different members, debuted in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols.

When Howard left the group shortly afterwards, Pete took over as lead vocalist and chief songwriter

Ahe band stopped performing in 1980 and Pete released some solo material that year, and performed with other musicians.

They reformed in 1989 and since then have reformed with new members, with Pete still remaining.