The band decide to carry on following the death of bassist Arthur Kane…

New York Dolls have vowed to fulfill their touring commitments despite the death of bassist ARTHUR KANE.

The US glam punk legends, who reformed at the request of Morrissey earlier this year, have drafted in a replacement for their forthcoming shows at Belfast’s Vital Festival on August 25 and the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals (August 27-29).

They will also play New York’s Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival on August 14 and a series of shows in Japan next month.

Singer David Johansen told the New York Times:”We don’t have any long-term plans or anything. We’re honouring our commitments, and that’s as far as we have any idea about.”

He added, “We’ve never had any kind of Maoist five-year plan anyway, nor have I with anything I’ve done. Everything I’ve done I’ve just fallen into.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, the New York Dolls made their first live appearance since the 1970s at the Morrissey-curated Meltdown festival in London earlier this summer.

Shortly after, Kane died due to complications from leukaemia.

“In a cosmic sense the reunion was something that he really wanted,” Johansen said.

He added: “Whatever his disease was, he was holding it in abeyance until he achieved that. If there’s anything good about it, it’s that.”