RAZORLIGHT SLAM SPLIT RUMOURS

But the band tell NME.COM it's been a "stressful" time...

Razorlight have dismissed rumours that they’re splitting – despite pulling their biggest ever UK dates and returning from their ill-fated US tour in tears.

Last week’s NME cover stars have now rescheduled their UK dates after realising at the 11th hour that singer Johnny Borrell wouldn’t be well enough to start their tour at Manchester Apollo last Friday (February 4), before visiting London Alexandra Palace later this week (February 11-12).

While out in LA, Johnny was rushed to the doctor and diagnosed with a “laryngitis type infection”, leading to the cancellation of a gig and TV appearances in the city. A few days earlier, he walked off stage in Denver suffering extreme stage fright.

Now back in Britain, the band are taking stock of what’s been an awful couple of weeks. But speaking exclusively to NME.COM, drummer Andy Burrows insisted although it’s been really “stressful” for all concerned, there’s no chance of Razorlight splitting up for good, and Johnny looks set to make a full recovery.

He said: “It’s the best time ever. We’ve got a lot to look forward to. It was just a stressful final week of the tour. And for that reason alone it’s good we’ve got some time off.

“It was pretty heavy for that last week, mainly because Johnny was struggling because he was losing his voice. It was stressful for everybody, we were trying to support him on one had but at the same time we didn’t know if we should continue with the gigs. We’re so sorry. We’re all devastated that we had to postpone these gigs and we hope that everyone who bought tickets can make it to the rescheduled shows. We promise it will be worth it.

“But definitely, definitely no, we’re not splitting up. All of us are excited about getting on with it. These Alexandra Palace gigs are a dream come true for all of us. We are in awe of it the same as everybody who’s brought a ticket, if not more. I saw [url=]Blur there in 1994, and even when it was booked, let alone sold out two nights there, I thought it was unbelievable, so we can’t wait.”

Razorlight have also added more dates to their rescheduled UK tour.

Razorlight will now play their UK tour in March, and have added dates at Blackpool Empress Ballroom (March 19) and Wolverhampton Civic Centre (20).

The new dates are:

Manchester Apollo (March 13 – replaces Friday February 4)

Manchester Apollo (14 – replaces Saturday February 5)

Glasgow Academy (16 – replaces Monday February 6)

Glasgow Academy (17 – replaces Tuesday February 7)

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (19)

Wolverhampton Civic Centre (20)

London Alexandra Palace (23 – replaces Friday February 11)

London Alexandra Palace (24 – replaces Saturday February 12)

A statement issued to NME.COM reads: “Tickets already issued remain valid for the corresponding new dates. ie) first night tickets for Manchester Apollo on 4th Feb are still valid for first night Manchester Apollo on 13th March.

“The bookers politely request that anyone already in possession of a ticket, who is unable to attend on the rescheduled date, should seek a refund from the point of sale before 1st March 2005.

Razorlight would like to apologise for any problems that may have arisen due to the enforced rescheduling of shows.”

To check ticket availability for all shows, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.