Napalm Death Frontman Denies Guitarist Is Ill

Mitch Harris is taking a break from the band, but is not sick and not officially out

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Mitch Harris is not terminally ill, insists Napalm Death’s Mark “Barney” Greenway.

Greenway tells Decibel as part of the promotion for the band’s new album that Harris, the band’s guitarist, is fine. He also isn’t officially out of the band.

He’s just taking a break from Napalm, and has been temporarily replaced by John Cooke.

“There is no weirdness,” Greenway tells the magazine.

“It’s something that you can’t put a time limit on. I’d rather he sort his situation out and come back with the decks cleared. The situation might change at some point, but we are letting him get on with it, because it’s heavy stuff. But we’re trying not to be pessimistic.”

That’s awfully vague, man. I wish we could know more.

Greenway continues:

“People think Mitch is terminally ill and he isn’t. Or they think he has left the band for shady reasons and he hasn’t. You have to cut people some slack. We did that for [bassist] Shane [Embury] when he had some problems.”

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