SHED SEVEN GUITARIST ‘GLASSED’ BY AUDIENCE

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Shed Seven's Paul Banks was injured by an audience-launched plastic beer glass at the band's Kentish Town Forum...

Shed Seven guitarist Paul Banks (far right) was injured after suffering a direct hit in the face from a plastic beer glass thrown from the audience at the band’s Kentish Town Forum show.

Banks had just taken the stage with the band on March 7 when the glass slammed into in his eye. He was temporarily blinded and an ambulance was called to attend the injury. Paramedics treated him backstage for half an hour, nearly resulting in the cancellation of the gig.

A band spokesman told NME: “Even though it was a plastic receptacle, it caught him at a fair old whack and he couldn’t see anything. The set was postponed and it was touch and go whether they’d be able to go on. We thought the gig might have to be cancelled.” The spokesman added that Banks was in shock after the incident. “It took a while to calm him down,” he said. The band’s scheduled gigs later in the week went ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, Shed Seven’s new Polydor single is called ‘Heroes’. It’s released at the end of April and will be followed by their new album, ‘Let It Ride’ in the first two weeks of May.

The band have also lined up more dates on their tour. They now play: Dublin SFX (April 21), Belfast Mandela Hall (22), Glasgow Barrowlands (24), Liverpool Royal Court (25), Guildford Civic Hall (26), Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (27), Norwich UEA (29) and Sheffield Octagon (30). The band are currently lining up another London show. The ticket line information phone number is 0870-1212-500.