First generation punk act Penetration are set to play a number of UK tour dates during 2019, starting with a London show at the Royal Albert Hall on 21st June with Buzzcocks and Skids that is being treated as a celebration of the life of Buzzcocks frontman Pete Shelley, who died in December 2018. Penetration singer Pauline Murray will also be one of several guest vocalists performing with Buzzcocks on the evening. It follows her recent appearance with Buzzcocks guitarist Steve Diggle and a house band at the Vive Le Rock Awards ceremony in London where she presented him with the Rock In Peace honour and said this about his sadly departed bandmate:
“I first saw Buzzcocks as an 18 year old at the Screen On The Green in 1976. Punk inspired young people to explore talents they didn’t know they had and Pete Shelley wrote love songs with a twist, simple yet profound. I wish Pete was here tonight to know how much he was appreciated for his lifelong dedication to music and providing the soundtrack to the lives of a generation. It’s only when someone leaves us that we notice how their lack of presence can change everything.”
Penetration toured with Buzzcocks in 1978 and covered one of their classic singles from that year, ‘I Don’t Mind’, for the sessions that resulted in their acclaimed 2015 comeback album, ‘Resolution’. The group’s line-up at that time included former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher (who played on the original version), while a live video for the song was shot during a show at The Playhouse in Whitley Bay. Unseen until now, it can be viewed here: youtu.be/Prs3CefP9b0
Penetration’s 2019 tour includes a set at the annual Rebellion Festival in Blackpool that will also see a rare outing for Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls. Featuring both Murray and Penetration bassist Robert Blamire, they will be playing songs from their self-titled 1980 album that was produced by the legendary Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Magazine).