penetrationPenetration begin 2019 UK  tour at Royal Albert Hall, 21st June 2019 with Skids, supporting Buzzcocks & Guests paying tribute to Pete Shelley  …plus, previously unseen  video for I Don’t Mind – their great Buzzcocks cover version

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.

Penetration toured with Buzzcocks in 1978 and the band recorded Buzzcocks song ‘Nostalgia’ on their debut album – and it has been a staple in their live set ever since.  They covered  ‘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:  It’s a fair bet that Pauline will be performing the two songs with Buzzcocks at the very special Albert Hall gig.


Another guest vocalist at the Royal Albert Hall gig is Peter Perrett who coincidentally sang with Pauline Murray on ‘Fools’ on the Only Ones third album.  Rumour has it that he will be performing a classic Buzzcocks b-side, one of the few songs on which all of the band get a co-writing credit, on the 21st.

Noko from Apollo 440, Luxuria and the ironically-named Am I Dead Yet? will be playing Pete Shelleys guitar parts with Buzzcocks. He said on Facebook

Delighted to announce that I’ll be joining the remaining Buzzcocks (and a stellar line-up of guest vocalists) onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall … paying tribute to Peter’s untouchable contribution to The Great British Post-Punk Song Book and his unique anti-hero guitar style. The big question now is whether to give my 1960s red Starway guitar the iconic PS chop or not!

Anyway – back to Pauline & Co …..

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.

Pauline Murray has been working on a new solo album and will preview songs from it at an intimate acoustic show at the Betsey Trotwood in London on 20th June. A release date for the record is yet to be announced.


Full tour dates

21.06.19 LONDON Royal Albert Hall (w/ Buzzcocks & Skids)  TICKET LINK
22.06.19 PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
12.07.19 LONDON 100 Club
13.07.19 LEWES Con Club
14.07.19 HALIFAX Lantern
03.08.19 BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival
06.10.19 SHEFFIELD O2 Academy
18.10.19 NEWCASTLE Cluny
19.10.19 GLASGOW Audio

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Words -Press Release with additional input by Ged Babey


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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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