Former guitarist Donna Matthews gets up onstage with her old bandmates at London Forum gig last night...

ELASTICA’S former guitarist DONNA MATTHEWS joined her old band on stage for an encore rendition of ‘Connection’ at their London Kentish Town Forum last night.

It was the first time Donna had been on stage with her former colleagues in almost three years – her last appearance was at the V97 festival.

The happy reunion marked the restoration of friendship between Elastica lead singer Justine Frischmann and Donna, who quit the band a year ago amid rumours of a fall-out between the pair, with Justine claiming she wasn’t “the same person who’d joined the band.”


However, last night, the pair appeared to have made up. Half way through the gig, Justine announced that Donna was in the audience and invited her up onstage if she fancied it.

Much to the surprise of the packed-out audience, she took Justine up on her offer and joined her and the rest of the current Elastica line-up to play guitar for ‘Connection’, the last song of the evening.

A spokesperson for the band told “It really was a genuine gesture, it hadn’t been planned or anything. I really didn’t think Donna would do it, ‘cos she’s moved on from her Elastica years. I guess it means her and Justine really have made up now, but I don’t think she’ll be rejoining the band.”

Elastica also debuted a new song at last night’s show called ‘Suicide’ and described as “experimental, punk dub.”

The band’s spokesperson said it was one of many new tracks that the band have recorded as potential b-sides for their forthcoming single.

At present, it appears that the first single to be released from their current hit album ‘The Menace’ will be ‘Mad Dog’, and not their cover of Trio’s ‘Da Da Da’ as was first thought.


Elastica’s spokesperson explained: “It’s still not really been decided once and for all. It keeps veering between ‘Mad Dog’ and Trio, but the band really want it to be ‘Mad Dog’.”

Whichever track is chosen, the single will be released in June before the band’s festival appearances at Glastonbury and the Reading/Leeds this summer.

The band also continue their UK tour tomorrow night at Northampton Roadmenders before continuing at Sheffield Leadmill on Sunday, Norwich Waterfront on Monday and Cambridge Junction on Tuesday.

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