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The Rakes cancel Minneapolis show, announce breakup

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Shortly after announcing a US tour that included a November 6 date at the Triple Rock with Free Energy, UK rockers the Rakes have announced that they are canceling their tour and disbanding. The following statement was posted on the band's website and sent out to press this afternoon:

The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we've ever played. If we can't give it everything then we won't do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.

After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can't give it 100% anymore and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day. We are sorry to let down all the people who were coming to see us on the UK & US tours. Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do but we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we've worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times.... That was one hell of a party! But now, we really must get some sleep.

No word yet whether Free Energy will still play the Triple Rock next month.