Catch Babyshambles drummer Ficek on the road in January

After the huge success of Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek's solo debut, Roses Kings Castles, Adam has finally made the decision to take his one man band on the road to help spread the word.

January will see Adam traveling the length and breadth of the UK to perform a string of intimate, one-man-and a guitar solo gigs, Adam commented. "It's important for me to get my music out I kept putting it off, I'm nervous. But if you dont try you'll never know."

Fans can also expect a host of impromptu gigs, similar to that of Adam's recent Babyshambles gig, whereby him and the band performed in a fan's flat. "It's important for us to play these ramshackle outings. It keeps us humble. Thats always been the strength of the band. Within the blink of an eye you can catch us at Wembley Arena followed by a taxi rank in Whitechapel. It's this ethos that I want to keep strong in my Roses project. If you lose that sense of community with your fans then it's too easy to become sucked into the world of fickle celebsville", Adam said.

Adam is also devoting some of his precious time to working Babyshambles' forthcoming third album. He has been in the studio making multi-instrumental contributions to bandmate Pete Doherty's long-awaited solo LP. "I think Peter's solo efforts are going to surprise lots of people, there are places on the album that Babyshambles and Peter have never been", he commented.

"Ive been in to play all sorts of instruments. I think I surprised Stephen [Street the album's producer] when I played him my album. He didnt realise I played all the different parts, so he drafted me in to play accordion, vibes, and obviously drums. I'm hoping to get at least some xylophone and recorder in there too. All in all the album has the warmth of a French film soundtrack crossed with the juvenile zest of Down in Albion".

'Horses', the third single to be lifted from Ficke's debut solo album, will be available as a download, CD, and snow-white seven-inch vinyl from 8 December and a January 2009 Roses Kings Castles tour has just been announced. Check out the dates below:


5 Jan - Charlotte, Leicester
6 Jan - Portland Arms, Cambridge
7 Jan - Bodega, Nottingham
8 Jan - Academy 2, Liverpool
9 Jan - Lost & Found @ The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
10 Jan - Escobar, Wakefield
11 Jan - Bar Academy, Birmingham
13 Jan - Academy 2, Newcastle
14 Jan - Adelphi, Hull
15 Jan - 53 Degrees, Preston
16 Jan - Rockhouse, Derby
18 Jan - The Loft/Xscape, Wales
20 Jan - Barfly, Cardiff
23 Jan - The Voodoo Room, Sunderland
27 Jan - Fibbers, York
28 Jan - Central Station, Wrexham

Chris Barnes

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