December 1, 2008 9:00
Miles Kane: 'Illness was 'blessing in disguise' for Rascals UK tour'
Last Shadow Puppet happy to be ending year doing day job
The Rascals say that being forced to postpone their UK tour has been a "blessing in disguise".
The band were forced to abandon dates in September as frontman Miles Kane was suffering from laryngitis, and will now hit the road in Britain in December following shows in Europe.
"The European dates have been going like a dream, I feel like we're stronger than ever, so I'm actually glad we had to reschedule the UK tour as it feels the best way to end the year," Kane told NME.COM. "It's been a blessing in disguse. I'm glad we're doing the gigs now as we're putting a stamp on the record and The Rascals have the last word on 2008 for me."
Kane added the delay has allowed the band to include some new songs into the set.
"We've been doing this new song called 'Chills And Fever', which is a bit like 'Cold Turkey' Lennon, and there's another one called 'Diamond Trip' which I want to work out this week and put in the set before the UK dates," he declared.
"We're trying to add a few more new ones in," he added. These dates will be a real celebration, we end in Manchester the day before Christmas Eve, so we're going to go bonkers."
The Rascals will now play:
Norwich Arts Centre (December 10)
Derby The Royal (12)
London Astoria (Push club) 13)
Cambridge Junction (15)
London Scala (16)
Liverpool Carling Academy 2 (19)
Coventry Kasbah (20)
Manchester Ruby Lounge (23)
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