Paul Thomson to mix a spot of guitar playing with the drums…

Franz Ferdinand drummer PAUL THOMSON is to start playing guitar during the band’s live shows.

Despite tabloid rumours that he has hung up his sticks for good, Thomson will still get behind the kit for the band, but he has also taken on a new position as third guitarist for the group on some of the band’s new songs, NME.COM has learnt.

During these tracks, the drumstool will be filled by Franz Ferdinand drum tech Andy Knowles, who also plays with The Fiery Furnaces.

Meanwhile Franz Ferdinand release their comeback single ’Do You Want To’ on September 19, with their second self-titled album hitting the shops on October 3.

For the world exclusive comeback interview with the band be sure to pick up this week’s NME – out nationwide today (July 27).