British singer Morrissey has paid tribute to the late New York Dolls bassist ARTHUR 'KILLER' KANE.

The IRISH HEART, ENGLISH BLOOD star fondly recalled how Kane, 55, - who died from leukaemia on Tuesday (13JUL04) - was thrilled at reuniting with his bandmates in London last month (JUN04) after a 27-year-long break.

Morrissey says, "I am personally very grateful for Arthur for his essential contribution to the Dolls and their music. He has left us with some great musical memories – especially PRIVATE WORLD and IT'S TOO LATE.

"He was a very gentle soul and I know he lived for many years with the hope of a Dolls reunion. When this happened – I know Arthur was thrilled to be back with DAVID (JOHANSEN) and (SLY) SYLVAIN playing the music of the Dolls to such enthusiastic crowds over two nights.

"I will always remember the look of bashful happiness on Arthur's face as people in the audience constantly called out his name. He was finally back where he belonged."

The New York Dolls are cited as one of the most influential punk bands of all times.

19/07/2004 17:08