Russell Lissack, guitar player with indie group Bloc Party, is joining Ash temporarily, when they play their forthcoming UK tour.
Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack will join Ash on their forthcoming UK tour.
The musician told how he was once in a tribute band to the Irish pop rockers, and can't wait to play with the band at a show in Japan and then across the UK, with talk he may also appear at some festivals with them over the summer.
He explained: "I've always loved Ash - my first-ever stage performance was part of an Ash covers band, so when they asked me to join them on their forthcoming tour I jumped at the chance!
"And it's not like I need to spend months practicing or anything. I remember quite a lot of the old stuff."
Ash - comprised of singer and guitarist Tim Wheeler, drummer Rick McMurray and bassist Tim Hamilton- have been without a second guitarist since 2006, when guitarist Charlotte Hatherley left the group after nine years as rhythm guitarist.
Russell - who has been in Bloc Party since the band formed in 2003, although they are on hiatus for 2010 - said he thinks it will be "weird" being part of another group.
He said: "I guess the only weird part would be spending so much time with people I don't really know. I'm not sure how that will work out, but we seem to have got on well so far."
Meanwhile Russell's bandmate, Kele Okereke, announced he will be playing a solo acoustic show as part of this year's series of Ibiza Rocks concerts at the end of August.