MUSHROOM has quit touring with Massive Attack, sparking further rumours he is planning to leave the band.
Mushroom did not appear onstage at the band’s recent performance at the T in the Park (July 11) or the Southside Festival in Munich (June 26) and has just announced he will be DJing with original Bristol Wild Bunch member DJ Milo at Cornwall’s Lizard Festival on August 7.
The band’s press office denied there was a rift between Mushroom and the rest of the band and said: “There have been a lot of rumours like that for some time now. He’s still in and there’s nothing more to say about it at the moment. Mushroom isn’t touring because it’s not one of his favourite pastimes.”
Following the release of last year’s ‘Mezzanine’ album, Massive Attack told numerous interviewers they were looking forward to working on solo projects following their promotional duties for the record. Many speculated a split was imminent.
3D recently completed work with Prodigy‘s Liam Howlett on the soundtrack to US porn film The Uranus Experiment, billed as “one of the most ambitious projects of the adult film industry”. It is highly unlikely the soundtrack will be released, but the film, which features the world’s first ‘zero gravity cum shot’, is now available on video in the US. 3D’s track is called ‘In-flight Data’.
Meanwhile, Howlett will DJ at this year’s festival for Volkswagen fans, Bug Jam 13, to be held at Santa Pod Raceway, Bedfordshire, from July 23-25.
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