Pulp’s Steve Mackey will not be part of next year’s reunion

Steve Mackey has announced that he will not be joining Pulp for their 2023 reunion tour. Read his full statement below. Just today (October 28), the Sheffield band have confirmed plans for a major UK and Irish tour next summer.

The bassist shared the news that he would not be going on the tour via Instagram.

“Pulp is a very important part of my creative life,” wrote Mackey, “I’m incredibly proud of the body of work we’ve created together. Jarvis and I remastered the entire Pulp catalog together for Universal Records just over two years ago in Abbey Road Studios. It was a great pleasure to do it and review our songs and recordings together.”

He went on to say: “There’s been a big report of a full UK concert reunion today. However, I’ve decided to continue with the work I do – music, film and photography projects – and I won’t be joining them for these UK shows which have just been announced.

“Wishing Candy, Nick, Mark and Jarvis the best of luck with their upcoming UK performances and also a huge thank you to Pulp’s incredible fans, many of whom have sent me lovely messages today.”

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Singer Jarvis Cocker confirmed in July that the band would hit the road next year for their first shows together since 2012. Pulp drummer Nick Banks also told fans to “stay calm, hug Pulp records” and dream on. crazy sometime in 2023.”

After Cocker made the “big” announcement on Thursday (October 27), Pulp shared the dates for his 2023 reunion tour, which includes headline slots at Latitude and TRNSMT festivals, two Sheffield shows, one gig at London’s Park Finsbury and more.

“Three months ago, we asked ourselves, ‘What exactly do you do for an encore?'” Cocker wrote in a statement.

The Britpop icons announced their last reunion in 2010, with the “Different Class” lineup of Cocker, Banks, Russell Senior, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber. Pulp made several appearances, including a surprise set at Glastonbury 2011 and a headline slot at Reading & Leeds the same year.

The group has not released new material since 2012’s independent single “After You”, produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.

Speaking to NME in 2015, Jarvis Cocker compared Pulp to a “dormant volcano”.

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