Guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones has left The Coral, it was announced today (January 9).
The Liverpool band released a statement confirming the departure, but said that they were working on new material and will continue as a five-piece.
Ryder-Jones, who Ian Broudie – formerly of The Lightning Seeds and producer of The Coral’s debut album – had described as “the best guitarist in Liverpool”, had left the band in 2004 due to illness, but later rejoined.
Ryder-Jones has yet to announce whether he will continue with other musical projects.
Meanwhile, see this week’s NME for exclusive information about The Coral’s secret album, which they plan to record soon.
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