A RIDE FROM DAD

Cliff angrily denies that the band are about to be dropped by label as only genuinely gay member leaves...

Gay Dad have recruited Hurricane #1‘s Andy Bell to replace guitarist Charley Stone.

Stone, who was drafted into the band to play live a year-and-a-half ago, left due to “stylistic differences”.

Lead singer Cliff Jones told NME: “She’s a great musician with her own style and ideas but she didn’t really jam with us and create with us the way the rest of us do. We reached a point where we felt it was a good time to change.

“It’s the end of one cycle, the beginning of another. There was no acrimonious split, it was all very civilised and mutual.”

Former Ride man Bell will be playing with Gay Dad on their German tour which starts later this month, although it is not known whether he will join the band on a permanent basis at a later date.

At present, Hurricane #1 are taking a break, which sparked rumours that they had split or were about to be dropped by Creation, neither of which is true, according to a Creation spokesperson.

The spokesperson said: “Lead singer Alex Lowe is living up in Scotland and Andy is living with his wife, Idha, and their young child in Stockholm at the moment. They’re just taking a break and there is no official split.

Andy was approached to play with Gay Dad and he agreed to do it as he’s a big fan of the band.”

Jones added: “I don’t know what will happen, as we haven’t worked together yet. We’ll just have to see.”

He continued that Gay Dad, who have just finished a world tour supporting Robbie Williams, were currently writing their second album, the follow-up to their debut ‘Leisure Noise’, and that it was due out sometime next year.

Jones angrily hit out at rumours that Gay Dad were about to split or about to be dropped by record label London.

“We’re very excited about our new material, and there’s lots of exciting things happening. I just don’t understand where it all comes from,” he said.

“We’ve sold a lot of records, we’ve just come off a world tour and it’s been fantastic. Like with any band worth their salt, this is what happens, people in Britain love to have a go. If you’re just mediocre, who cares?”

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