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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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The next, brand new, Gorillaz single, "Doncamatic (All Played Out)," was unveiled on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show and on YouTube last night.

The BBC radio evening show featured an interview with Damon Albarn, British vocalist and keyboard player best known as the lead singer of the Nineties' Britpop band Blur. Albarn formed the London virtual group Gorillaz together with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett. The new and previously unreleased track features Manchester-based vocalist Daley and its worldwide release is scheduled for November 22nd.

According to the cartoon band's official website, pre-order details will be available very soon. You can listen to the song here.

In the interview, Albarn said, “Daley had been someone we’d been playing in our house and he’s got one of those voices that don’t come around very often… He’s about 22, white and has a great haircut."

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