Photos and Review by Raven Divito

English punk band Buzzcocks got a new singer a few years ago when their frontman Pete Shelley died, but he wasn’t just any old lead singer, he was the band’s longtime bassist Steve Diggle. And it turns out that Diggle is a great frontman, and seeing the Buzzcocks live is still as raw and raucous an experience as it ever was.

The UK band has been around for decades, but they played the GAMH stage like they were on fire. With Diggle up front and Danny Farrant drumming, Chris Remington on bass, and Mani Perazzoli on guitar and backing vocals, we could have been at Free Trade Hall in Manchester in the early 80s for all the energy they were giving.

After an hour set the band left the stage, then came back to play another forty minute encore. Highlights of night included kick off song “What Do I Get?”, then “Fast Cars,” “Love Is Lies,” and “Gotta Get Better,” plus decades of more fan favorites over a 24 song set from forty years of material.

They closed the show with “Ever Fallen In Love With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?” and “Harmony In My Head” and the crowd wasn’t ready to let them leave, but had clearly enjoyed a brilliant night out seeing a band that just doesn’t rest. For more news and tour info check out and @buzzcocks.