Happy Mondays dancer BEZ won't be joining the regrouped act when they perform at the Coachella Festival in California this weekend (29Apr07) because he has been denied a visa.
The colourful sideman was expected to join bandmates onstage at Coachella for the group's first US concert in 15 years, but red tape will prevent him from performing.
A spokesman for the group says, "Due to tightening immigration and working visa legislation, Bez was not, unfortunately, able to secure a visa to perform at Coachella.
"Bez will, however, be appearing in the UK in May with Happy Mondays on their sold out UK tour.
"Happy Mondays apologise to all their US fans that they will not, on this occasion, be able to enjoy the spectacle of Bez shaking his stuff for them at Coachella."