Mew Splits With Guitarist

Mew says Bo Madsen has left the lineup – but a statement released this week indicates that the guitarist might rejoin the band one day. 
Bo Madsen, Silas Utke Graae Jorgensen, Jonas Bjerre, Johan Wohlert

“After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being,” vocalist Jonas Bjerre, bassist Johan Wohlert and drummer Silas Graae wrote in a joint statement posted on the group’s website.

“At present the rest of us will continue with Mew. We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you all out there. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

Madsen has been with Mew since the start, when four childhood friends formed the Danish alternative rock band in 1995. The guitarist’s bio on Mew’s website, which refers to him as the “Pancake Maestro,” says he also “does short film, drawing and other different art projects.”

Mew’s next show is Friday at Roskilde Festival. Here’s the band’s schedule. 

July 3 – Roskilde, Denmark, Roskilde Festival Grounds (Roskilde Festival)
July 5 – Turku, Finland, Festival Grounds (Ruisrock Festival)        
July 10 – Dublin, Ireland, Iveagh Gardens (appearing with St. Vincent)
July 15 – Grimstad, Norway, Skrai Festival Grounds (Skrai Festival)
July 18 – Nordfjordeid, Norway, Malakoff Festival Grounds (Malakoff Festival)
Aug. 11 – Beijing, China, Tango Club
Aug. 13 – Shanghai, China, Mao
Aug. 15 – Osaka, Japan, Maishima Outdoor Activities Center (Summer Sonic)     
Aug. 16 – Chiba, Japan, Makuhari Messe (Summer Sonic)
Aug. 20 – Hasselt, Belgium, Kempische Steenweg (Pukkelpop Festival)   
Aug. 21 – Brecon, Wales, Brecon Beacons National Park (The Green Man Festival)
Sept. 17 – San Diego, Calif., Observatory North Park          
Sept. 18 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory                                 
Sept. 19 – Las Vegas, Nev., Bunkhouse       
Sept. 25 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Fonda   
Sept. 26 – San Francisco, Calif., The Fillmore          
Sept. 28 – Portland, Ore., Wonder Ballroom            
Sept. 29 – Vancouver, B.C., Venue                          
Sept. 30 – Seattle, Wash., Neumos   
Oct. 2 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Complex – The Grand    
Oct. 3 – Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre 
Oct. 5 – Minneapolis, Minn., Triple Rock Social Club          
Oct. 6 – Chicago, Ill., Metro / Smart Bar     
Oct. 7 – Toronto, Ontario, Lee’s Palace        
Oct. 9 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club          
Oct. 10 – New York, N.Y., Webster Hall     
Oct. 11 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club           
Nov. 4 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Falkoner Theatre  
Nov. 5 – Aarhus, Denmark, Congress Centre

Mew also appears at South Korea’s Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival in August and Mexico’s Corona Capital Festival in November. These events haven’t released their daily schedules yet. Visit for more information.