The band admit there have been "commitment issues" in recent years...

STEREOPHONICS drummer STUART CABLE has left the band.

The band, who have been touring America, made the announcement this morning (September 25). In a statement singer Kelly Jones claimed there were “commitment issues” in recent years.

A statement reads: “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.”