Super-group G8 Summit, who re-formed to perform at the Live 8 concert are to return to the recording studio and release a new album, their first since their acrimonious split in 1995 after "Irreconcilable artistic and personal differences."
The three principal members of the band, Tony Blair, George Bush and Jacques Chirac made their announcement to an excited public today.
"It was as if we'd never been apart, man." Said a tanned and fit looking Tony Blair. "We got together last week for rehearsals and like, it just worked! The magic is still there!"
"We had our differences." Added an emotional George Bush wiping away a tear. "We're like a family and all families argue and fight but it's still your family and we love each other." He said with arms around his two rather embarrassed looking friends.
Jacques Chirac remained quiet behind his shades and with a shrug explained his taciturnity by saying, "J'ai mal á la tête!"
G8 Summit sold millions of albums including the seminal, "Fair Trade? Yeah Right!" and the monumental, "We're Rich, You're Poor, Who Cares?" and "Global Warming is Cool." The eight members of the band became rich but split after years of success when the relationship between song writers Blair and Chirac deteriorated.
Bush, who is regarded by many as rock genius, had much publicised addiction and mental problems which eventually left him unable to perform until his recent collaboration with Blair; the critically acclaimed but flawed album "Destroy the Evil Empire" and their controversial tours of Afghanistan and Iraq in which performances were described by many pundits as being ill rehearsed and poorly equipped. Rumours of subsequent tours of Iran and Syria have been denied by Bush and Blair.
The mercurial Blair's early solo triumph the 1997, "Kick the Tories Out!" was followed by the best selling but critically detested, "Let Me Finish the Job." Sales of his latest offering, "Third Term Boy." have been disappointing.
Little has been heard of the reclusive Jacques Chirac since the split. His eagerly awaited first solo project the album, "L'enfer c'est les Autres." which took several years to appear was slammed by critics and public alike and in spite of his former iconic status, his popularity in his native France has never been lower. Chirac was invited by Bush to join the Evil Empire project but dismissed the collaboration commenting, "Ça pue!"
Asked about their reconciliation Blair said, "Me and Jacques have always been friends. It's just that we didn't see or speak to each other for years, yeah? I've got loads of friends I never see or speak to, haven't I? I mean; we had no reason to speak until Bob (Geldof) asked us to play, did we? Like, he lives in Paris, I live in London. We don't bump into each other down the pub a couple of times a week or anything do we?"
Bush, still wiping away tears said, "I love these guys. I just love these guys so much. It's just so beautiful."
Chirac obviously still feeling unwell, remained silent while looking towards some distant spot in the sky and slowly shaking his head.
Details of the new album are expected soon.