CABLE PULLS JAPANESE TOUR

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"Family reasons" keep Stuart Cable from travelling with the rest of the group...

Stereophonics have been forced to draft in a replacement drummer after their resident stickman STUART CABLE pulled out of their current tour of Japan.

Cable did not travel with the rest of the band when they set off for the current leg of their world tour, which kicked off in Nagoya on Sunday (January 13). Owen Hopkin, drummer with indie nearly-men The Crocketts, will perform for the remaining Japanese dates which finish in Toyko on Friday (January 18).

A statement from the band to NME.COM provides no clear reason for Cable’s stay-away decision, explaining that “he has been detained at home in Wales due to family reasons.” The statement adds that: “the band’s management are extremely hopeful of his joining up with Kelly and Richard in the US later this month.”

The band, currently topping the UK chart with ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’, begin their US jaunt with an instore at Los Angeles Virgin Megastore on January 20 before beginning the tour proper at the West Hollywood House Of Blues the following night.