But drummer Nick Jago may be away for a while…

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have said that the ‘door is still open’ for drummer NICK JAGO.

Following a recent fall out in Edinburgh between guitarist Peter Hayes and Jago, the band cancelled a show in Paris and used a stand-in drummer at the Alaquas Festival in Spain.

In a posting on the band’s official website [url=], bassist Robert Turner told fans that although the door is always open for Jago, they may not see him for a while.

Turner said: “Hi this is Robert from Melissa Auf Der Maur, I wanted to tell everyone out there directly what’s been going on with our band and the rumours of our splitting up… I think everybody knows by now that recently in Edinburgh Nick and Pete got in an argument. It was rough but that’s Rock ‘N’ Roll bands on the road. It happens. We decided to cancel the last two gigs on the tour because of this.

“But of course at the last minute me and Peter had an attack of conscience and decided to play the shows. Unfortunately by the time we got word back to the French festival organisers they had already booked Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to play our slot. The show in Spain on the other hand went really well and we found a Spanish fan named Romero who knew all our songs by heart and played the drums that night. We missed Nick back behind the drums but there’s too many beautiful girls in Spain to pass up playing there. We’d still like to apologise to all our fans in France for not being able to play the last show on the tour. I hope someday soon we get a chance to make it up to them.”

He then added: “So the rumours that the band has split up for good aren’t exactly true. Nick might take some time off and even play drums in other groups here and there, but the doors always open for him to play with [a][/a]. Touring bands can be really hard work and takes a toll on people in different ways, but it’s also the best job in the world so fuck it. Next week we’re gonna be back in LA to finish recording our next album. We’ve got a lot of the songs already done and it’s sounding really good. We’ve been playing some new songs for the next album live like ‘Complicated Situation’, ‘Shuffle Your Feet’ and ‘Gospel’.”

Following their split with Virgin earlier in the year, Turner revealed to fans that the band are currently deciding which label they will sign to for the release of the follow-up to 2003’s ’Take Them On, On Your Own’. He said: “We want to finish the album soon and get it out sometime early next year. As for record label news… we’ve been meeting with a lot of labels in the US and Europe but I think we’ll make a final decision like next month. There’s been such a strong reaction to the new songs we’ve recorded we’re kind of surprised actually and we’ve had to rethink our plans a little bit…Thanks again to everyone for their long time support.”

Signing off, Turner joked: “By the way, I hate being the only person in this band that can type.”