Bez: "My Performing Days Are Over"

Happy Mondays member, Bez, has revealed that he will not be performing with the band on their comeback tour this May, as well as for their festival dates this summer.

Speaking last night at the NME Awards, Bez confirmed that although he will be heading out the road with the band, but only as a compere and DJ, not as a dancer.

"I won't be on the stage because my performing days are over. Basically I'm too old. I'm incapable of doing the job, I'm carrying too many injuries. All good things come to an end."

The Madchester legends will be reuniting with their original line-up to play dates in May, including a homecoming show at Manchester Evening News Arena, with support coming from Inspiral Carpets. The run begins at Newcastle's O2 Academy on May 3 and will include two shows at London's O2 Academy Brixton on May 10 and 11, before coming to an end with an extra date in London on May the 19th. They will also play T In The Park and there are rumours surrounding a possible Ibiza Rocks show.

Shaun Ryder recently spoke about the band's reunion and forthcoming tour:

"We all met up last week and some of the lads haven't seen each other in over 10, 15 years. It's as if we've never been apart – so good to all be in the same room again. We can't wait now to get on tour and play the songs that made us famous.”