The band are greeted wildly by a devotional crowd at their first gig since the death of drummer Jon Lee...

FEEDER made an emotional return last night (August 20) at a ‘secret’ gig at the PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS.

Playing a low-key, sold-out warm-up for their Reading and Leeds Carling Weekend appearances this weekend, it was their first live appearance since the suicide of drummer Jon Lee in January.

Greeted wildly by a crowd who chanted their name between songs, singer Grant Nicholas and bassist Taka Hirose were joined by replacement drummer Mark Richardson, formerly of Skunk Anansie.

The band played 15 songs, including old favourites like ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Buck Rogers’ and six songs from forthcoming album ‘Comfort In Sound’.

They were ‘Godzilla’, new single ‘Come Back Around’, ‘Helium’, ‘Moonshine’, ‘Summer’s Gone’ and ‘Quickfade’. Grant Nicholas said of the latter: “I’d like to dedicate it to absent friends” in the only direct reference to the late Jon Lee in a triumphant, if poignant, return.

Feeder release ‘Come Back Around’ on September 30, with ‘Comfort In Sound’ following on October 21.