British rockers Twisted Wheel have parted ways after seven years together. The band announced the split by posting "R.I.P. Twisted Wheel" on Twitter.com.
Frontman Jonny Brown later added a statement on Facebook.com confirming the news and thanking fans for their support over the years.
The message reads, "From Fuji Rocks Festival to Glastonbury, Elgin to Tokyo, Manchester to Stockholm, Dublin to L.A, toilet tours to supports with Paul Weller, Oasis, Ian Brown, Happy Mondays, Kasabian... It has been a true honour to have fronted such a great rock n roll band and play some of the most mental shows of the last 10 years... I cannot thank you fans enough for making the adventure so much fun. I wouldn't change a single minute of it for the world, but now it's time to move on."
Brown goes on to hint that he will return as a solo artist, adding, "I will continue to make music and it won't be long before I will be back gigging with new songs to play. Hope people can understand and note that all good things must come to an end... Hopefully will see you soon when I'm back with my next invention. Watch this space!!!"
The rockers released two albums during their career and boasted famous fans including Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller.
British rocker Bez is convinced humans are controlled by a secret society and Adolf Hitler was a "double agent" working for Britain. The Happy Mondays wildman stunned fans in March (14) by announcing he is moving in to politics and will be running as a Member of Parliament for his native Salford, England in next year's (15) election.
He has already called for a "revolution" in the U.K. and joined an anti-fracking protest, but now he has opened up about his belief in a range of bizarre conspiracy theories - including blaming the global banking system for the world's shortage of bees.
The dancer/percussionist praises controversial conspiracy theorist David Icke, supports the fear that an 'Illuminati' group of powerful figures secretly controls the world, and insists feared dictators Hitler and Joseph Stalin were really British agents.
Bez, real name Mark Berry, tells Q magazine, "It's the bankers' fault (that bees are dying out). The bankers and the big corporations are all raping and pillaging the world for their own profits. They control the world, not the politicians... It's a Freemason Illuminati plot to control the world. It's part of a banking system which goes back three hundred years. Hitler was a British double agent who was working for them. So was Stalin...
"I'm a great supporter of David Icke. He's an activist for the human race... (Critics are) just trying to discredit him. I can back up everything I say. I could say more, I know all their names... I've probably signed me own death warrant. I'm making people aware of what's really going on. It's not just Salford which needs saving, it's the whole world. And I intend to bring the whole Matrix down."
Happy Mondays star and aspiring politician Bez is refusing to give up drugs for his election run. The former dancer, real name Mark Berry, recently revealed his plan to stand in the U.K.'s 2015 general election as a potential Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles in England.
However, Bez is determined not to change his partying lifestyle and has no plans to give up his recreational drug habit.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I am still into partying and I still use recreational drugs. But that doesn't make me a bad person. I'm honest enough to say it and I've absolutely no skeletons in my cupboard. I don't do evil."
Bez also reveals he has never filled in a ballot paper before, adding, "I've never voted in my life. I've never felt able to put my pen to a ballot paper because there was nobody I believed I could vote for. They were all working for the bankers. There was nobody for the people."
Former Happy Mondays star Bez wants organic gardens installed on top of every office block in Britain in an effort to provide cheap food. The dancer, real name Mark Berry, plans to run in the 2015 U.K. election as a potential Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles in England, and he has outlined an eco-friendly manifesto.
Berry has now detailed his big idea to conquer food shortages, urging Britons to start growing their own crops.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "You don't need money for everything. There are people starving on the streets, and there are food banks. It is ridiculous. People have got to take responsibility back for themselves and start feeding themselves.
"I've stared a one (a garden) on the top of the Printworks building in Manchester (in England) city centre. I've got a wild flower garden up there, chickens, beehives, and fruit and veg. These are the ideas I am promoting. Every office block in the city could be growing their own organic fruit and veg, keeping bees."
Former Happy Mondays star Bez joined protesters at an anti-fracking march in Salford, England on Monday (17Mar14). The dancer/singer, real name Mark Berry, paid a visit to a protest camp on Sunday (16Mar14) and joined the activists on a march close to the Barton Moss fracking exploration site the following day (17Mar14).
The demonstration comes just days after Bez announced his bid to become a Member of Parliament by standing as an independent candidate for Salford and Eccles at the U.K.'s next general election in 2015.
Bez plans to oppose the controversial gas-extraction method as part of his eco-friendly campaign manifesto.
Police arrested 13 protesters during Monday's march, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Former Happy Mondays star Bez has thrown his hat into the world of politics by announcing his plans to run as a Member of Parliament for his native Salford, England in next year's (15) election. The dancer/singer is scheduled to make his first official appearance as a candidate at an anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss on Sunday (16Mar14).
He tells the Manchester Evening News, "I've been saying we need a revolution and there's no good shouting about it when you're not actually doing anything. If you want to do something about things you've got to get into the corridors of power and take them on.
"If you're voting for me, you're voting as a protest about what's happening in the world at the moment. I'm going to create a new world order and... start again with a new, fairer system without evil being the main policy."
If Bez, real name Mark Berry, is successful, he'll replace Labour Party MP Hazel Blears, who is stepping down ahead of the election.
A number of partygoers have been hospitalised following a ceiling collapse at a nightclub based in the former headquarters of Britain's fabled Factory Records. Seven revellers were taken to hospital following the incident in Manchester, England in the early hours of Friday morning (07Feb14).
The Factory 251 venue, based in the former headquarters of iconic record label, was evacuated after the second floor ceiling caved in.
The clubbers who were hospitalised - four men and three women - are not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
Factory Records was once home to bands including Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, and the label inspired 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.
Reformed hellraiser Shaun Ryder received a bullet in the mail after agreeing to take part in U.K. reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. The former Happy Mondays frontman gained a legion of new fans when he signed up for the jungle-based survival programme in 2010 and impressed viewers with his forthright nature, eventually finishing second.
However, he has now revealed not everyone was a fan of his antics in the Australian rainforest - one angry viewer posted him hate mail when he returned to the U.K, including an envelope containing a bullet.
Ryder tells Q magazine, "People see you eating a kangaroo's k**b on the telly and they think you're getting too big for your boots."
British band Happy Mondays have scrapped a show in England on Wednesday (04Dec13) due to "unforeseen circumstances". The Kinky Afro hitmakers, who are currently on a U.K. tour after reforming last year (12), pulled the plug on a planned concert at The Forum Hertfordshire venue in Hatfield, England on Wednesday night.
A statement from the venue reads, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Happy Mondays concert on Wednesday has been cancelled.
"We regret to inform you that the show will not be rescheduled; refunds can be obtained from point of purchase. Sorry for any inconvenience caused."
The rockers, led by Shaun Ryder, axed their Australian tour earlier this year (13) due to drummer Gary Whelan's ill health.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder is searching for the perfect actor to play him in a warts-and-all dramatisation of his autobiography. Bosses at British network ITV are planning to serialise Ryder's best-selling memoir Twisting My Melon, which recounts the rock wildman's craziest moments.
Ryder, who has since kicked his addictions to heroin and crack cocaine, insists he wants to be portrayed as realistically as possible and is involved in the search for the right man for the role.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We've got a meeting in a couple of weeks where we start to look at the actors who could play me."
Ryder was previously portrayed by Danny Cunningham in 2002 movie 24 Hour Party People.