Lush Will Break Up Again After Final Show Next Week
A year after reuniting following a break nearly two decades, Lush, one of the most popular shoegaze bands of the early '90s, are calling it quits again. They will play one more concert, at the Manchester Academy in Manchester, England on Nov. 25.
The band made it official in a statement that they posted on their Facebook page "It’s been a fantastic year for Lush," it began. "We received an incredible reception to our Blind Spot EP and the three beautiful career-spanning 4AD releases, sold out two Roundhouse shows, toured North America with great success and had a ball at our European festival appearances. It’s been wonderful to revisit our old music and to create new material."
Founded in 1987 by singer/guitarists Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson, drummer Chris Acland and bassist Steve Rippon, Lush broke up in 1996 following Acland's suicide. Last September, they announced that Berenyi, Anderson and bassist Phil King, who joined 1992, were getting back together with Elastica's Justin Welch on drums. This led to the Blind Spot EP and a tour of North America and Europe.
Last month they parted ways with King, which forced the cancellation of two shows. But, as the statement continued, "it is now time for us to return to our families and homes, and bring our time together as a band to a close. We offer heartfelt thanks to all our fans – this reunion would never have happened without your overwhelming support and dedication."
They concluded by saying, "We would like to take this opportunity to announce that, for our last-ever performance at Manchester Academy on November 25th, Emma, Miki and Justin will be joined by former 4AD label mate Michael Conroy, bass player for Modern English. As with Justin’s involvement, Michael playing with Lush has a special significance for us as he was a very close friend of Chris’s."
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