Nick Cave's Bad Seeds sprout new guitarist

Ed Kuepper fills vacancy left by Mick Harvey

BRISBANE -- Ed Kuepper has slotted into the line-up of Nick Cave's band the Bad Seeds, taking the guitar position left vacant by Mick Harvey.

Kuepper, a founding member of Australian punk group the Saints and post-punk outfit Laughing Clowns, will join the Bad Seeds for headline slots at German festivals Southside (Neuhausen Ob Eck) and Hurricane (Scheesel) in June, and at Oxegen Festival in Ireland the following month. Other European dates will be announced in due course.

The German-born singer and guitarist rose to critical fame with the Saints, which was famously described by Bob Geldof as one of the three bands that shaped the 1970s, the others being the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. He split with the Saints at the end of the decade, and got to work with his experimental act Laughing Clowns.

Kuepper embarked on a solo career from 1984, which has seen the release of more than 20 albums and several film and soundtrack projects. His latest studio recording was "Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog" in 2007.

Multi-instrumental Harvey said last month that he was leaving the Bad Seeds after 25 years for a "variety of personal and professional reasons."