STEREOPHONICS drummer STUART CABLE has said he was “stunned” to be sacked, and wants to stay in the band.
As reported yesterday (September 25), the band, who have been touring America, made the announcement, with singer Kelly Jones claiming there were “commitment issues” in recent years.
Now, Cable has hit back. In a statement he said: “I’m a founder member of the Stereophonics and I would like to stress that I did not leave nor ever had any intention of leaving the band.
“As has been published, I underwent a minor operation whilst in the US and was unable to play two of the gigs.
“My doctor subsequently told me I was able to continue the US tour. However, Kelly and Richard suggested I return to the UK to recuperate for the forthcoming UK and European tours.
“Last Monday evening, Richard and Kelly telephoned me from the US and I was stunned to be told that they had decided to sack me.
“I still want to continue to be a part of the Stereophonics and play on the band’s forthcoming UK and European tours.
“I am, and have always been, a fully committed member of the Stereophonics and am very upset that Kelly seems to be saying that I was not committed to the band.”
Yesterday, Kelly said: “Me and Stuart started a band when I was 12. Emotionally to me this is heartbreaking, I love him like a brother, but commitment-wise there have been issues since ’Just Enough Education To Perform’.
“We’ve tried resolving them but things stayed the same. Myself and Richard miss Stuart already, a band is like a gang and a lot of the time he simply wasn’t there, although it was our fault to allow this situation to develop in the first place.
“No one will be replacing Stuart as a band member, Stuart is irreplaceable, but Steve Gorman (ex-[a][/a]) will continue to sit in on drums for the upcoming shows. No one member of the band is bigger than our songs. It’s a rock and roll band and the coming shows will be rocking.”