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Legendary ’90s group returns for first live show since singer’s death

Maxi Jazz by Faithless

Faithless has vowed to carry on after Maxi Jazz’s death (Picture: Getty)

Popular 1990s dance group Faithless confirm they will return to London’s Roundhouse for their first live performance in eight years.

The reunion comes after the death of former frontman Maxi Jazz last year and the group paid tribute to this loss in their announcement.

Faithless had already teased a return with new music and some dates, but the special show at the Roundhouse marks the start of a new era for the band.

They wrote: ‘As many of you have noticed, we are back…Some shows have already been announced, but we couldn’t start the summer without a little personal note.

‘Maxi passed away just over a year ago and we obviously miss him every day. Thank you all for all your kind words of support over the past year. It really meant a lot.’

The dance duo, founded in 1995, currently consists of founders Sister Bliss and Rollo.

Faithless (left to right) Dave Randall, Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss

Faithless were one of the biggest dance acts of the 90s and 2000s (Photo: Redferns)

They announced the death of their bandmate in December 2022, calling him a “beautiful human being” and a “genius.”

Faithless’ return performance will take place at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on June 6, 2024 with a run of three European shows before heading to the Roundhouse on June 14.

Pre-sales for tickets have already opened and general sales start on April 29 for all Faithless fans who want to see the Insomnia hitmakers live.

“In the meantime, we never stopped (couldn’t stop, never wanted to stop!) making music,” the announcement added.

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The band has prepared for new music (Photo: Faithlessofficial/instagram)

‘Even during Maxi’s long illness we recorded and released All Blessed and now finally, 8 years after our last live performance, we are returning to the festival stages this summer and planning some of our own shows later this year…’

Faithless became a huge hit almost from the start, with their single Insomnia becoming a huge club and chart success in 1995. The song was re-released in 2005 and remained in the UK charts for twenty years.

They became legends of the British club scene and Maxi’s death at the age of 65 was mourned throughout the industry.

Months ago, they promised a comeback in a statement on their Facebook page.

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Faithless has announced a comeback (Photo: Faithless/ Facebook)

They wrote: ‘We’re back… Maxi just passed away and we obviously miss him every day… In the meantime we never stopped making music.

‘This summer we return to the festival stages. We are very nervous, but also very excited. We know the show has to be something special.

“(It’s) a celebration of our past, of our musical loves, of the man himself and of course of our musical future,” they added, in tribute to Maxi, who was the band’s frontman between 1995 and 2012 and from 2016 again. .

They then teased new music and promised fans that they’re back in the studio, presumably working on their first album since 2020, when they released All Blessed amid the Covid pandemic.

‘We are also going to release new music. As we write this, we are in the studio. See you all very soon. Lots of love Rollo and Bliss,” they said.

As of now, there is no official release date for another album, but Rollo and Sister Bliss’ words indicated that an album could be ready in the next twelve months.

In the comments, fans were eager to send their best wishes to the surviving members of the group. Elinor said: ‘Maxi is always with you in spirit. You will be incredible as always. Sending love and light.”

Faithless Sister Bliss, Maxi Jazz and Dave Randall

Maxi Jazz died ‘peacefully in his sleep’ at the age of 65 (Photo: Lex van Rossen/MAI/Redferns)

Teet said, “That’s so nice to hear. God bless Faithless, soundtrack to my life. I’ve seen a situation where random guys were hanging by my car in the parking lot and Faithless was playing on my speakers. Boys automatically started dancing casually, without even noticing.”

Maxi, whose real name was Maxwell Fraser, was buried in South London in January 2023 – the funeral ceremony was private at the request of his close friends and family.

Although fans were unable to attend the event, the band thanked everyone for their support: ‘We would also like to thank you so much for all the beautiful messages, amazing art and love for Maxi that you have shared. They are greatly appreciated. We all depend on each other.’

In addition to their big hit Insomnia, Faithless also scored six UK top 10 hits and three UK number one albums between 2004 and 2015.

You can register for pre-sale Faithless tickets here.

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