The stricken singer has his third op in six years...

Reef have been forced to reschedule their forthcoming UK tour after vocalist GARY STRINGER was told to rest for six weeks following his third knee operation in less than six years.

Reef were due to start their first UK tour in a year on October 23 in Bristol. However, doctors performed an Arthroscopy – a procedure that allows the physician to assess, repair, or reconstruct tissues within and around the joint – on Stringer‘s problem knee last Thursday (October 5) at the Chelsea Lister Hospital and consultants then advised him to completely rest for six weeks to heal the torn tissue.

Stringer will remain at home in Glastonbury to rest up and recuperate, with crutches to support his knee.

The band’s tour will now commence on November 23, with the exception of the Irish dates, which will now occur in February 2001. The tour will now call at: Leeds Metropolitan (November 23) Sheffield Octagon (25) Northumbria University (26) Aberdeen Music Hall (27) Glasgow Barrowlands (28) Liverpool University (30) Manchester Academy (December 2) Norwich UEA (3) London Astoria (4) Bristol Colston Hall (5) Derby Assembly Rooms (7) London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (8) Exeter University (10) Cardiff University (11) Southampton Guildhall (12) Cambridge Corn Exchange (14)

For tickets, call the NME 24-Hour Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663. Calls are charged at national standard rate.

All tickets are valid for the new shows, and any fans wishing to receive refunds can do so before November 3.