Bloc Party bass player GORDON MOAKES has taken a leave of absence from the band - so he can care for his new baby.
The rocker and his wife are currently expecting their first child together and Moakes is determined to be there for the birth.
And the band has allowed him to take time off from touring so he can care for the infant.
He says, "Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to join the boys during the next month or so of touring.
"My wife is expecting our first baby in a few weeks and after some long hard thinking we all decided, band included, that it was a bit silly for me to be flying round the world at such a critical time in the pregnancy.
"No one wants me to wind up in the wrong continent should there be any complications or should the little one decide to put in an early appearance.
"So while the other chaps are jetting around the Pacific Rim I will be buying the groceries, attending ante-natal classes and generally preparing myself for the cloud of unknown that is becoming a dad."
The band's friend, Daniel Lindegren, aka Tommy Sparks, will fill in for Moakes while he is away.