British rockers The Bluetones concluded their 18-year career by playing a final gig in their native London on Tuesday night (27Sep11).
The Slight Return hitmakers, who formed in 1993 and found fame with their 1996 debut album Expecting to Fly, hit the road this month (Sep11) for one last tour before disbanding.
They played an emotional final gig at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, and frontman Mark Morriss told the crowd during the show, "The penny has only dropped in the last 10 minutes that this is actually it. But we've had enough. There will be tears but that will come after the show. Now it's time to celebrate."
After playing the last track, the aptly-titled A Parting Gesture, Morriss thanked fans for their support over the years, according to NME.com.
He said before leaving the stage, "There's really nothing left to say. You take care of yourselves because we're not going to be able to anymore. Thank you very much, we were The Bluetones."