March 14, 2001 10:07

PING PONG BRAWL!

Alan McGee's recent signings leave the stage in Bournemouth, as the opening gig of their tour descends into violence, then cancel the remainder of their tour...

PING PONG BRAWL!
Upcoming POPTONES act PING PONG BITCHES have cancelled their entire UK tour after their opening show descended into a riot one song into their set.

The 350-strong, mostly male, crowd at Bournemouth University Union erupted into chaos within minutes of the three-piece taking to the stage on Saturday (March 10). They hurled lighted cigarettes, mooned, booed, shouted violent taunts and simulated masturbation at the much fancied trio, signed to Alan McGee's new label.

The behaviour followed earlier taunts from the resident DJ to throw the girls offstage. An NME journalist present to review the show took it upon himself to spit in the DJ's face in reprisal for the behaviour and was promptly ejected from the venue.

On their decision to cancel the remaining dates Emily Hell of the band said, "If we're going to be a live freak show, let it be to an audience of freaks that will appreciate the music and the rock'n'roll attitude, not a bunch of moronic c-s."

The band's self titled debut mini-album is due out on March 23.
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