Live appearances to continue as planned, despite guitarist Richard McNamara's recent hospitalisation...

EMBRACE‘s press office have announced that the band’s promotional campaign will not be disrupted following news that guitarist Richard McNamara was rushed to hospital on Saturday with a suspected blood clot to the lung.

The band were scheduled to play new single ‘You’re Not Alone’ on the Saturday morning music show cd:uk this weekend (March 18). But McNamara was too ill to perform and as a result the band were forced to play without him. He underwent tests to establish exactly what was wrong, as reported here earlier on nme.com.

A spokesperson for Embrace told nme.com: “He went to hospital with a little bit of a worry, they thought he might have pleurisy. After a series of tests they found out that he was fine. He’s going to be well enough to be playing Top Of The Pops on Thursday!”

The rest of the band have now gone out to France for promotional duties without him, while Richard continues to recover in the North of England.

Embrace are scheduled to play a fanclub show at London’s Hanover Grand next Monday (March 27), and release their long awaited second album ‘Drawn From Memory’ the same day. The band also have a show scheduled at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on May 4 and appearances at the Reading/Leeds Carling Weekend Festival and T In The Park scheduled for the summer. None of these shows will be affected.

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