Thursday, September 06, 2007

Prize Fighters

The View's Kieren and band boss in drunken brawl after award bash

THE View's bassist Kieren Webster had to be pulled apart from one of the band's management team during a drunken scrap at the Mercury Music Awards.

Security staff intervened when fists started to fly between Kieren and Robin Wynn Evans. They were separated, but no one knows what sparked the punch-up.

The band, who played their track Superstar Tradesman at the opening of the awards do, admitted they were going to get drunk when they spoke to the Razz earlier in the evening.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the group said: "There was drinking and emotional behaviour that night. It was down to drunken high jinx."

Before the fracas, guitarist Peter Reilly said: "Thankfully we went on first, otherwise we'd be that hammered we would have cocked it up."

Earlier they told us how they are going back to their roots to work on their second album.

The boys are going to spend two weeks holed up in a rehearsal room in their home city of Dundee in a bid to repeat the success of Mercury nominated Hats Off To The Buskers.

Lead singer Kyle Falconer has moved to London since the band exploded on to the music scene.

He said: "We have been so busy we haven't had time to rehearse our new songs. They are all written and we have acoustic recordings, but we have to make the album.

"There are some cracking tunes but I would say that because I write them.

"We were struggling trying to write on the tour bus but now we are going back to Dundee to a rehearsal room and can't wait to get on with it."

It looks like the boys' love lives are also impacting on their work plans.

Peter said: "Two of us have girlfriends in Scotland and two of us down south, so we are going to be doing two weeks in Dundee and two weeks in England,

"We're going to have to see if that works but I think most of the work will get done in Dundee. We'll probably look at getting the album out early next year."

The band have still to finalise who will produce the record but they know who they want.

Owen Morris, the man behind Oasis and The View's last CD, is in the running but nothing has been signed.

"The album's title and producer is top secret," said Peter.

"We haven't reached any decisions, but Owen's name is being mentioned."

by Beverley Lyons And Laura Sutherland, Daily Record, 6th September 2007


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