The band part ways with guitarist Andy Huxley…

Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster have announced the departure of guitarist ANDY HUXLEY.

The band will now be joined by new member Rick Fownes for their forthcoming European tour with System Of A Down.

Huxley said; “Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster are the greatest band in the UK and will become the greatest band in the world. I, meanwhile, have decided to pursue my chosen path as the greatest King Buzzo impersonator on earth.”

The band said: “It has been an absolute pleasure being in a band with such an extraordinary guitar player who has donned so many incredible hairstyles. We’ve built a wonderful and enduring friendship and are all very proud of the music we created together.”

”We wish him all the best for the future,” they added. “We also welcome Rich into the band and are excited by the thought of fresh blood.”

The band head out on tour with System Of A Down later this month, which kicks off on May 27 at Lisbon’s Super Bock Super Rock and have also been working on new material for their forthcoming album, for release later this year.

Fownes said: “It’s like a dream come true to join Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. The first show I’ll play with them will be to 40,000 people at Superbock Festival in Lisbon, so I’m hoping the adrenalin will kick in and carry me through. I can’t think of replacing Andy, more as starting afresh and helping the band become the best there is.”