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Arctic Monkeys bassist leaves band permanently

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson has left the band for good, according to a statement on the band’s website.

The remaining three members revealed on Wednesday (June 21, 2006) that founding member Andy has now departed for good.

Nicholson’s departure was first reported ahead of Arctic Monkeys’ recent American tour, when “fatigue” was blamed. A temporary bassist, Nick O’Malley, was drafted in for the dates, who subsequently injured himself in a prank.

O’Malley will subsequently remain with the band as they complete their remaining summer commitments.

The statement on the website reads: “We are sad to tell everyone that Andy is no longer with the band. Nick O’Malley, who stood in for Andy while he was absent from the recent tour of north America, shall carry on playing bass for the remaining shows this summer.

“We have been mates with Andy for a long time and have been through some amazing things together that no one can take away. We all wish Andy the very best.”

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