WHAT’S GOING ON, SHAUN?

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The news comes as the future of Happy Mondays remains in severe doubt...

Shaun Ryder is preparing to go into a recording studio to work on new original material with HAPPY MONDAYS/BLACK GRAPE guitarist PAUL ‘WAGS’ WAGSTAFF.

The news comes as the future of the reformed Happy Mondays was thrown into doubt yet again after Shaun announced: “This is our last fookin’ show ever” from the stage of Dublin Witnness Festival on August 5.

Shaun had performed the Mondays set without Bez or Rowetta, who he is rumoured to have fought with on the ferry from England to Dublin.

Following the incident, the Stena Line ferry company released a statement which said: “A female and one of the group had a fight. The captain threatened to turn the ship around unless they behaved.”

Despite the bleak outlook, the Mondays still haven’t officially announced a split. A Happy Mondays insider told nme.com: “I’m reluctant to say that it’s the end because they change like the wind. Shaun is going into the studio in the next two or three weeks and he wanted to work on some new material of his own. He didn’t want to release another cover version, he’s got some new songs that he wants to work on.”

For the full story, read this week’s NME, in shops throughout the UK today (August 16).