January 26, 2007 10:44

Sham 69 split with singer

Band vow to carry on without Jimmy Pursey

Sham 69 split with singer
Sham 69 have split with singer Jimmy Pursey on the eve of the band's 30th anniversary.

According to the punk four-piece's management TaM, the band have parted ways with their frontman "following his lack of interest in playing live".

A statement added: "Sham 69 have left Jimmy Pursey on the eve of their 30th anniversary. The band had become increasingly fed up with Jimmy's lack of interest in playing live and continually letting down both promoters and fans by pulling out of gigs at the last moment.

"Original guitarist and co-songwriter Dave Parsons, and Ian Whitewood, drummer with Sham for the last 20 years, are continuing as Sham 69. They have just recruited a new bass player and will shortly be auditioning singers."

The statement comes after the band's official website recently reported that guitarist Dave Parsons had walked out on the band.

Parsons was quick to point out that wasn't the case before adding: "It's good to finally have a bit of control over our own destiny - being in Sham had become like working in a dictatorship".

The 70s band reformed in 2006 after their hit 'Hurry Up Harry' was re-released for the World Cup and reached Number 10 in the top 40.

They were working on a new album before the split happened.

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