Star guests fill in for muted Rakes singer at Leeds!
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26 August 2005
Rakes singer Alan Donohoe arrived at Leeds this morning under the weather and without voice! Fortunately, he had some celebrity
friends on-hand to fill in and ensure that the show went on!
Matthew Swinnerton, The Rakes' guitarist, had filled in for much of the set, before inviting out some special
guests. First was Bloc Party
guitarist Russell Lissack, who played on 'Terror!'. Then, on the next song 'Strasbourg', he was joined by
his bandmate, singer Kele Okereke. Towers Of London singer Donny Tourette also subsequently ran on to duet with Kele on final number, '22
Swinnerton told the NME backstage: "I was absolutely terrified, I really was. When you have a band
like ours with four people who each contribute so much, you feel very naked. But Reading and Leeds was a good opportunity
to play to people and Alan was like 'Yeah, give it a go'. Then we asked Kele and Russell to come on board and they said yes
"There was a lot of people out there, even more than when we played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury. There were
some real butterflies. But because me and Alan wrote a lot of the songs together, I didn't feel that I didn't know the songs.
But someone like Alan has a very special delivery, it's the thing that makes people a fan of The Rakes. So I had to push my
"It was very last minute. The guys from Bloc Party came down to the studio and ran through the tracks with us. But the Towers Of London was even more last minute. Donny from
Towers Of London
loves '22 Grand Job'. We wanted to create that atmosphere of having fun."
Bloc Party will headline the NME/ Radio 1 tent tonight at Leeds and on
Sunday at Reading.