Welsh rockers Stereophonics have not spoken to their original drummer STUART CABLE since he was fired for "commitment issues" over a year ago.

The HANDBAGS AND GLADRAGS band recently announced they've replaced Cable with Argentine JAVIER WEYLER after spotting his musical talents at a jam session in his native Latin country.

But, despite the lack of communication frontman Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones and Cable, Jones is hopeful they will meet up one day as friends.

He says, "We haven't seen him since it all happened. It's like when you split up with your girlfriend and you can't see each other for a while.

"I'm sure we'll sit down and have a pint one day. It's only a band, isn't it? People are people.

"But as mad as things have been in the last year or so, it has been a good learning curve."

13/12/2004 21:08