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It Bites confirm they've split up

It Bites

The UK prog rock band It Bites have confirmed that they have split up.

In a post on the band's Facebook page over the weekend drummer Bob Dalton announced; "Hi everyone. I have to say that unfortunately It Bites won't be touring or gigging again, we don't have any plans for anything else in the future but it was a great time and we do appreciate all of you who have followed us through the years."

The band had been largely inactive of late, with singer/guitarist John Mitchell involved with a host of other projects including Lonely Robot, Frost*, Kino and Arena. The band's last studio album, Map Of The World, was released in 2012, although a Live In London box set of early performances was released last year.

The band formed in 1982 and rose to prominence when Calling All The Heroes from the band's debut album The Big Lad In The Windmill reached No. 6 in the UK singles chart in 1986. Originally led by Francis Dunnery, the band split in 1990 after three albums. John Mitchell joined a reformed line-up in 2006, recording The Tall Ships in 2008. The band's last full tour was in 2013.

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Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.