The Press Article
Supergrass Super Lies
Supergrass shocked thousands of fans last week (October 12) when they announced they were splitting up on the last night of the UK tour - but it was singer Gaz Coombes' idea of a joke.
As the band were about to launch into recent single 'Pumping On Your Stereo' for their encore at the London Kentish Town Forum, Coombes said: "This is going to be our last ever gig."
The band left the stage without saying anything else.
But after the gig, Coombes admitted joking. He told NME: "It's been our best UK tour so far so I decided to end it with a joke to freak out our record company and management. I wasn't being serious."
Drummer Danny Goffey said that Coombes was simply emulating David Bowie's onstage announcement at the end of his Ziggy Stardust tour at the London Hammersmith Odeon in 1973.
Goffey laughed: "We were just taking the piss! We're not splitting up at all, Gaz was just having a laugh."
A spokesperson at Supergrass' record company, Parlophone, said the band still had international gigs to play before the end of the year, in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, before they headed out to the US early in the new year.
Supergrass' new single, 'Mary', is due out on November 22, the third from their eponymous third album.
NME - 23 October 1999