Smiths legend will not be touring

Former Smiths legend Andy Rourke has confirmed that he will not be touring with new Manchester collective Freebass.

What do icons do on their downtime? Lacking any other kind of hobby, three Manchester bass players formed a new group, working on some inventive material.

Featuring former Smiths legend Andy Rourke, Factory star Peter Hook and Primal Scream bass player Mani, Freebass come with a huge amount of history. The band crafted their debut album in sessions lasting a year, with the result set to be released shortly.

However it seems that Freebass could become Twobass. Andy Rourke has issued a statement via the band's official website explaining that he cannot commit to any live appearances featuring the group.

With former Haven singer Gary Briggs on vocals, Freebass have confirmed a number of tour dates in Britain and beyond. Yet despite being a major driving force in the album's conception Andy Rourke will not be touring with the band.

"Andy Rourke was initially involved in the conception of the group and contributed to the EP and a few tracks on the LP. He is now living in NYC and will not be joining the band for live dates."

Meanwhile, the band have confirmed a one off show at the British Music Experience. Held in the O2 Arena, the museum gathers some unique artefacts in order to tell the story of British pop music.

With their stunning pedigree, Freebass will fit right in. Andy Rourke will not be joining the band for the September 16th show, but the Manchester collective are planning to unveil tracks from their debut album at the gig.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Freebass are due to play the following shows:

16 London O2 Bubble

Click here to buy tickets for Freebass!

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