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John Mitchell responds to It Bites announcement

It Bites singer and guitarist John Mitchell has responded to the weekend's announcement that it Bites were over as an active unit, making it clear the band split statement came from drummer Bob Dalton, and that neither Mitchell, nor keyboard player John Beck had been consulted.

"John Beck and I are currently sat discussing our thoughts on the recent announcement by Bob on the It Bites Facebook page that the band has split up," Mitchell tells Prog. "To clarify, neither of us were consulted with or informed of the announcement - we have been looking into the possibility of releasing The Tall Ships on vinyl, and had made arrangements to write together in the coming weeks (we already have the bones of 4 songs written and recorded).

"If Bob doesn't wish to be part of this endeavour, that is entirely down to him but we would have appreciated a combined discussion and agreement before making such an announcement. Obviously this doesn't prevent John and I from making music together, whatever the outlet for this now may be!"

Although Mitchell's statement would seem to concur that It Bites in their current form are no more, fans will be intrigued at the thought of further new music from Mitchell and Beck. The pair first worked in Mitchell's Kino project who released their debut album Picture in 2005. Beck also featured on the most recent Kino album Radio Voltaire, (2018) although didn't feature as a permanent band member alongside original members Mitchell and Pete Trewavas and new drummer Craig Blundell.

Yesterday Mitchell tweeted a photo of himself and Beck stating 'This guy'''. Watch this space...

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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.