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Friday, 01 October 2010 06:56

Cub Samples Bloc Party GuitaristBloc Party's Russell Lissack had to be taken to hospital last month after being bitten by a lion cub on the band's recent trip to South Africa.

The guitarist was visiting a wild animal sanctuary in Cape Town while on tour with Nineties' Britpop band Ash in September when the cub bit him, drawing blood. During a break from shows with the Parlotones in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Lissack visited the sanctuary with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler. He was playing with the cuddly lion cub when it attacked. The story first broke at Spinner.

Lissack was taken to hospital, where he received treatment and a tetanus booster. Although Lissack was fine after the attack, according to a band spokesperson, within hours of the musician's visit the hospital was sealed off after two men died of an unrelated, and unidentified, virus. To add to their day's troubles, the band had a car crash on their way back to the hotel.

Happily, no one sustained further injuries and everyone has recovered from the incident. Ash are currently back in the UK, preparing their second anthology of A-Z singles released during the past year. It's not clear whether Lissack will continue playing with the band. Bloc Party have been on a break since October 2009, and since then frontman Kele Okereke has decided to pursue his solo career. Lissack's electronic pop side project with Milena Mepris, Pin Me Down, released their debut in April.

 

Cub Samples Bloc Party GuitaristAsh have previously revealed they will take touring guitar player Russell Lissack on full-time if his band Bloc Party don't reform.  Lissack, who previously played in an Ash covers band, has been touring with the Northern Ireland band since the start of their UK tour in April this year.

A-Z Vol II is due for release on October 11.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2010 08:17
 
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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Reunited rock band Soundgarden will warm up for its August 8 headlining performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park with a show at the city's 1,400-capacity Vic Theater next Thursday.

Tickets are exclusively available to members of the band's fan club, via Soundgardenworld.com.

Soundgarden played its first show in 13 years on April 16 at the hometown Showbox at the Market. Sources say singer Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron have been rehearsing throughout the spring and summer ahead of Lollapalooza, but that no decision has yet been reached on how extensive the reunion will be.

There will be new music for fans to hear before too long, however. A previously unreleased Soundgarden song, "Black Rain," will appear in the next installment of the "Guitar Hero" videogame franchise, "Warriors of Rock," due in September.

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