Babyshambles man Drew McConnell to join The Vaccines

Bassist will replace Árni Hjörvar on forthcoming tour dates

Babyshambles man Drew McConnell will join The Vaccines on their forthcoming tour dates later this month.

McConnell – who has also played in Mongrel and Helsinki and had stints in Pete Doherty’s solo backing band – posted a message on his Facebook account revealing that he would be stepping in as a temporary replacement for bassist Árni Hjörvar for three shows in July. The reasons for his absence are still to be confirmed.

McConnell, who said he was happy “to be standing in for my friend Arni”, will join the band for their live shows at the Tuborg GreenFest in Russia with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in St Petersburg on July 20 and Moscow on July 22, as well as their slot at Latvia’s Positivus Festival on July 21.

In May of this year, McConnell was rushed to hospital for emergency spinal surgery, forcing him to cancel a scheduled gig at London’s Sebright Arms. Last summer, meanwhile, he found himself in hospital after being injured in a road accident when the bassist broke his ribs and injured his spine, knee and shoulder after being knocked off his bike in July 2011.

The Vaccines are set to release their second studio album ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ on September 3. The album has been produced by Ethan Johns, who has previously worked on albums by the likes of Kings Of Leon, Laura Marling and Tom Jones. You can read NME‘s review of the album’s lead-off single ‘No Hope’ now at NME.COM.

The tracklisting for ‘The Vaccines Come Of Age’ is as follows:

‘No Hope’
‘I Always Knew’
‘Teenage Icon’
‘All In Vain’
‘Ghost Town’
‘Aftershave Ocean’
‘Bad Mood’
‘Change Of Heart pt.2.’
‘I Wish I Was A Girl’
‘Lonely World’