Siouxsie and the Banshees circa 'Tinderbox'

Siouxsie and the Banshees circa Tinderbox

Two weeks after Siouxsie returned to the concert stage for the first time in five years with a pair of performances of 1980′s Kaleidoscope in London, there’s even more good news for Banshees fans: Bassist Steven Severin on Friday revealed in a tweet that, “After a gap of nearly a decades, the Banshees are talking again… The feud is over.”

Now, what, if anything, that means for the future of Siouxsie and the Banshees remains to be seen.

Severin likely was referring to just himself and Siouxise (see tweet below); he recently noted on the Facebook group Siouxsie (The Banshees & Other Creatures) that he and Sioux have “a partnership agreement signed years ago under the mutual understanding that neither of us would use the (Banshees) name WITHOUT the 2 of us involved,” which suggests they alone control the band’s name.

As for Budgie, the Banshees’ former drummer and Siouxie’s ex-husband and bandmate in The Creatures, Severin has very clearly implied the two remain quite estranged.

Any kind of reunion, however, still seems unlikely: Despite being very complimentary of Siouxsie following her recent performances, Severin last week wrote that “there could not be ANY version of the Banshees today as all the parties are estranged. It’s my way of saying that had a miracle ensued and the Banshees had tried to play Meltdown, it would certainly have been a disaster waiting to happen.”

It’s been a quiet half-decade for Banshees fans, with Siouxsie inactive since touring her solo debut MantaRay in 2008 and Universal Music pulling the plug on the band’s reissue campaign mid-stream. In recent years, Severin — who now composes new scores for old silent films — has mentioned the possibility of a 20-disc box set that has yet to see the light of day.

UPDATE 6/30/13: On the Siouxsie (The Banshees & Other Creatures) Facebook group this morning, Severin addressed his initial remark about being on speaking terms with the Banshees once again: “It’s not sarcastic….FFS. And there is NO reunion. We’re talking again. IT’S THAT SIMPLE!!!!!!!”

 

 

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