RYD ON TIME; Salford Shaun's having it large.
You'd be forgiven for being s completely unaware that Happy Mondays' main man Shaun Ryder was still interested in making music.
Notorious for foul mouthed tirades on live TV (that got him a lifetime ban from Channel 4), drug-fuelled hedonism, and more recently as runner up on that celebrity jungle show, it might seem like he had forgotten about writing and performing tunes.
But with almost perfect timing as 'Madchester's' most famous sons The Stone Roses announced their comeback, he too has revealed he is back - but not with the Mondays or Black Grape.
The 49-year-old is striking out alone; and no, Bez won't be going.
With his first solo album since 2003's Amateur Night At The Big Top due out next February, he is playing a host of intimate gigs, including in Huddersfield. While Ryder still exudes cock-of-the north Manchester swagger he admits to me he is more than a bit worried about the solo shows.
"They terrify me these small gigs," he says. "I prefer playing the big venues as it's more showbiz.
"These little ones, when you've got punters right up your nostrils, frighten the hell out of me.
"I'm looking forward to doing it, but at the same time it's a bit scary, but I'm keeping it raw and alive."
As for another re-union Ryder tells me he's "pretty much put the Mondays to bed" for a couple of years but has no problem with the rash of 90s comebacks, including The Roses' return.
"I'm glad they're back," he says. "It's amazing what divorce will do. Ian (Brown's) been wiped out by his missus but I know they were talking at Mani's mum's funeral last year. "I've got no problem with it, there's nothing wrong with making money and there's nothing wrong with getting back together if you love each other. "Nobody's putting the kids' arms behind their backs and dragging them to the shows, it sold out in 15 minutes, if the kids want it, then give it to them."
The performance at Queen Street club Tokyo on Saturday, November 19, will be a full length set featuring some Mondays and Black Grape greatest hits along with some new tunes.
Tickets pounds 20 from www.ticketweb.co.uk
* WOT NO BEZ?: Get your ticket to Ryd when Shaun Ryder goes it alone on a number of intimate gigs, including Tokyo, Huddersfield