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Gruff Rhys supports Kele Okereke's account of racial abuse

Neon Neon have entered the fray over last week's backstage fight between John Lydon and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. And while Lydon would doubtless call this yet more "lies and confusion", as he described Okereke's account, the more people who weigh in, the more the Sex Pistols frontman's side of the story comes into question.

The incident took place on Saturday at Barcelona's Summercase festival, where the Sex Pistols were performing. Okereke said that he went up to Lydon to ask about Public Image Ltd, his former band, only to be "set upon" by three members of Lydon's entourage ? leading to racial abuse and an all-out brawl brawl  
n.
1. A noisy quarrel or fight.

2. A loud party.

3. A loud, roaring noise.

intr.v. brawled, brawl·ing, brawls
1. To quarrel or fight noisily.

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Lydon dismissed Okereke's account, saying: "I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening ... When you are at a festival with bands who are jealous fools, lies and confusion usually follow."

Unfortunately for Lydon, more witnesses are stepping forward. Gruff gruff  
adj. gruff·er, gruff·est
1. Brusque or stern in manner or appearance: a gruff reply.

2. Hoarse; harsh: a gruff voice.
 Rhys, singer in Neon Neon and the Super Furry fur·ry  
adj. fur·ri·er, fur·ri·est
1. Consisting of or similar to fur.

2.
a. Covered with, wearing, or trimmed with fur.

b. Covered with a furlike substance.

3.
 Animals, spoke this week to MTV MTV
 in full Music Television

U.S. cable television network, established in 1980 to present videos of musicians and singers performing new rock music. MTV won a wide following among rock-music fans worldwide and greatly affected the popular-music business.
. "It was horrific," he said. "Kele is a very brave man and what he said is exactly what happened."

Okereke's statement lambasted Lydon for his behaviour that night. "It's not an issue of the physical assault," he said, "even though it was an unprovoked attack, it is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily. Someone as respected and intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise Verb 1. socialise - take part in social activities; interact with others; "He never socializes with his colleagues"; "The old man hates to socialize"
socialize
 with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes."

Gruff Rhys is in steadfast agreement. "The statements Kele has said are absolutely true. It did happen."

Another unidentified musician ? likely a member of Foals ? gave an account of the event in a posting on the Drowned in Sound DrownedinSound.com or DiS is a UK based music webzine dedicated to new music.

DiS started as The Last Resort but was relaunched as Drowned in Sound in 2000. It is run by Sean Adams, designed by Simon Menhinick and programmed by Matthew Willson (with server hosting
 message board. Although he was not witness to the catalyst of the punch-up, he experienced its violence first-hand. "About 30 people stepped in," wrote a user called "bother".

"It was total chaos Total Chaos is a series of simple turn based strategy game / card game / board games for the Amiga. They were written by James Conwell and a group of developers known as Team Chaos. . No one knew what had happened besides Kele, Ricky, and the Sex Pistols. But it got out of hand so fast that it didn't even matter. The Spanish security guards were total thugs. [Foals' ] Yannis [Philippakis] actually got knocked out for a few seconds after he got strong-armed to the floor and handcuffed. Our tour manager was put in a headlock after asking the security to let us go as we had a flight to catch to England. Jimmy [Smith] went beetroot beetroot

see betavulgaris.
 at one point lying in the dust. Walter [Gervers] has a swollen eye. I managed to sustain a knee injury at some point, which was remarkable given that I barely got involved."

Members of the Kaiser Chiefs and Har Mar Superstar Sean Tillmann (born on 6 February 1978[1] in Owatonna, MN, better known by his stage names of Har Mar Superstar and Sean Na Na, is an American singer.

While remaining relatively unknown in his home country, he has found fame in the U.K.
 were also backstage at the time ? perhaps with their help we will yet figure out who in fact is lying, who's confused, and who's a jealous fool.
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