close call for friendly fires drummer at the mercury awards
    • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2009

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    The Friendly Fires drummer Jack Savidge was admitted to the hospital yesterday (Sept. 7th), on the eve of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The drummer tweeted:

    "Admitted to the hospital with a fever and darkside purple rash on my leg. No idea whether I'm gonna be able to play at the Mercurys tomorrow."

    Fortunately Savidge pulled through and rolled up on the red carpet this evening with band mates Ed Macfarlane and Edd Gibson ready to perform. Friendly Fires are nominated this year alongside Florence And The Machine, La Roux, The Horrors, and Kasbian for the 20,000 cash prize. Some past winners of the Mercury include Portishead, Pulp, Antony and the Johnsons, and Artic Monkeys.

    Check out the complete list of this year's nominees:

    Bat for Lashes Two Suns
    Florence and the Machine Lungs
    Friendly Fires Friendly Fires
    Glasvegas Glasvegas
    Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
    La Roux La Roux
    Led Bib Sensible Shoes
    Lisa Hannigan Sea Sew
    Speech Debelle Speech Therapy
    Sweet Billy Pilgrim Twice Born Men
    The Horrors Primary Colours
    The Invisible The Invisible

    The winner of the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize will be announced tonight (Sept. 8th) at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.-Amelia Trask

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