Paul Smith is appealing for its safe return…

MAXIMO PARK singer PAUL SMITH is appealing for the return of his life’s work.

After the band’s gig at Northumbria University on Monday night (April 25), Smith misplaced his bag containing personal items, including his red book which contained song lyrics to the band’s ’A Certain Trigger’ album and poetry.

A statement on the band’s official website [url=] said: “We’re desperate to get this bag and its contents back, so we’re appealing for your help, especially those of you near the Cooperage along the quayside in Newcastle, where the bag was last seen.”

The band added; “The bag is a white linen Japanese “soft-boy” and contained the following: Paul’s RED BOOK containing his life’s work: lyrics to the album, poetry, etc., polaroids and drawings, Kafka and Camus books, wallet and keys…basically his LIFE.”

If anyone can help, Maximo Park are asking you to contact Colin at Streetfeat Management on or on 0208 964 1917.

The band have also promised: “You will be rewarded with tickets to any Maximo Park show you want plus a huge hug from Paul.”

In other news, the first 16 people to arrive at each of Maximo Park’s instore appearances next week will receive free tickets to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Sunderland on May 8.

At the HMV Newcastle instore there will be 20 tickets up for grabs.

The dates and times are:

Manchester Piccadilly (May 1, 1pm)

Durham Concepts Instore (May 2, 12pm)

HMV Newcastle (May 3, 6pm)

HMV Leeds (May 4, 5pm)

HMV Birmingham (May 5, 5pm)

London Oxford Street Virgin Megastore (May 6, 6pm)

Tickets are strictly limited to one per person. Access to the Newcastle instore is gained by a wristband which can be obtained by buying the band’s new single ’Graffiti’ on May 2.

Wristbands will be issued on a first come first served basis.