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Legendary 90s dance group announces comeback a year after lead singer’s death-Robert Oliver-Entertainment – Metro

Festival slots and new album are on the way.

Legendary 90s dance group announces comeback a year after lead singer’s death-Robert Oliver-Entertainment – Metro

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

Nineties dance group Faithless have announced that they will soon be releasing new music, following the death of long-time frontman Maxi Jazz.

The dance duo, who formed in 1995, are currently made up of founding members Sister Bliss and Rollo. They announced the death of their bandmate in December 2022, calling him a ‘beautiful person’ and a ‘genius’.

Faithless hit the big time almost from the off, with their single Insomnia becoming a massive club and chart hit in 1995 – the song was re-released in 2005 and stayed in the UK chart over a period of 20 years.

They became legends of the UK club scene and Maxi’s death at the age of 65 was mourned across the industry. But now, 18 months on, Faithless are vowing to continue, saying they’re heading back into the studio.

In a statement published to their Facebook page, they said: ‘We are back… Maxi just died and obviously we miss him every day… In the meantime, we never stopped making music.’

Faithless have announced a comeback (Picture: Facebook)

‘We are returning to festival stages over the summer. 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, our musical future,’ they added, paying tribute to Maxi, who fronted the band between 1995 and 2012 and then again from 2016.

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

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

‘We will also be releasing new music. We are, in fact, in the studio as we write this. See you all very soon. Much love Rollo and Bliss,’ they said.

So far 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 12 months.

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

Maxi Jazz died ‘peacefully in his sleep’ at the age of 65 (Picture: Redferns)

Teet commented: ‘That is so nice to hear. God bless Faithless, soundtrack of my life. Have seen a situation, where random guys hanging near my car at carpark and Faithless was playing on my speakers. Guys automatically started to casually dance, even without notice that itself.’

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

Although fans weren’t able to attend the event, the band thanked everyone for their support: ‘We would also like to say a huge thank you all for all the beautiful messages, amazing art and love for Maxi that you have shared. They are hugely appreciated. Upon each other we all depend.’

As well as their major hit Insomnia, Faithless also scored another six UK top 10 hits and achieved three UK number one albums between 2004 and 2015.

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