Suede temporarily enlist former Elastica drummer Justin Welch

The band's sticksman Simon Gilbert has contracted tuberculosis

Suede have temporarily enlisted former Elastica drummer Justin Welch.

Welch will replace the band’s sticksman Simon Gilbert, who has been struck down with TB. A statement on the band’s Facebook page reads: “We are sorry to report that Simon Gilbert has contracted tuberculosis, a condition that is only treatable with a prolonged period of antibiotics and rest.”

It continues: “Because of this he is unlikely to be able to perform with Suede at the forthcoming shows in Copenhagen and Barcelona. However, both Simon and the band feel that these shows must go on and thus the group will be rehearsing with long-term friend of the band Justin Welch to make sure that this can happen. Simon wants everyone to know that he is receiving great care and that he is sure that his recovery will be as speedy as possible – Suede HQ.”


The band are currently touring their sixth album ‘Bloodsports’, which was released in March. The LP was the band’s first in over 10 years and entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number 10, giving them their first Top 10 hit since 1999’s ‘Head Music’.

Suede will tour the UK in October. They will play:

Southampton Guildhall (October 22)
Southend Cliff Pavilion (23)
Bristol O2 Academy (24)
Leeds O2 Academy (26)
Glasgow Barrowlands (27)
Dublin Olympia (27)
Manchester Academy 1 (30)
Birmingham Academy 1 (31)

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