November 20, 2004 13:16

VINES STAY TOGETHER

Despite frontman Craig Nicholls' recent diagnosis with a form of autism, the band will carry on they say...

VINES STAY TOGETHER
The Vines management have said that despite frontman Craig Nicholls’ recent diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, the band will carry on.

Nicholls condition was revealed in a Sydney courtroom yesterday (November 19) where he faced charges relating to the alleged assault of a photographer and damage to his camera. He was given an unconditional discharge.

In a brief statement posted on www.thevines.com, Vines management said: "The last six months has been a very trying time for The Vines and those close to them. Craig was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder which is a mild form of autism. People with AS are generally considered exceptionally intelligent (and often obsessively focus their attention to music or art), but have difficulty reading social situations and are often accused of being deliberately rude and antisocial. They also have difficulty coping with change and only find security in a familiar routine and environment."

The statement went on: "The band has NOT broken up and Craig looks forward to doing what he loves and lives for - getting back to writing and recording music with The Vines. On behalf of Craig and the Vines, thank you to family, friends and fans for their continued support, understanding and compassion."

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