Bernard Butler ‘not invited’ to rejoin Suede for comeback gig

Guitarist says he'll 'be in the front row chucking peanuts at them'

Former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler said he wasn’t invited to appear with the band at their forthcoming one-off comeback gig in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust comeback gig.

Butler left the band in 1994, and Suede went on to release three albums without him. He was replaced by Richard Oakes, who will reprise his role at the band’s Teenage Cancer Trust show, which is expected to take place at London‘s Royal Albert Hall in March.

Speaking about his thoughts on the reunion, and friendship with Suede frontman Brett Anderson, Butler told BBC 6 Music: “I haven’t been asked to do it. I saw Brett the other night socially, and it’s not really something we’re going to go on about. So, it’s all in people’s fantasies and imaginations really.”

The guitarist also played down his role in the band’s history. “They were a really successful band and I was with them for five minutes, relatively, to the history of the band,” he suggested.

Butler did admit that he is likely to be in the audience for the one-off performance, and said that he doesn’t think the band will have any problems in making the night a success.

“I think they’ll manage this on their own. I think it’s a good idea,” he declared. “It’s a great charity and I’ll be in the front row chucking peanuts at them!”