KOOKS bassist MAX RAFFERTY has vowed to return to the British band after suffering a near breakdown on tour earlier this year (06). The NAIVE bandmember had to leave the successful rock group because he couldn't cope with the constant touring. However, singer LUKE PRITCHARD reveals Rafferty is improving and insists it won't be long before his close friend joins him on stage again. He says, "It wasn't just going out, doing drink and drugs. Touring isn't for everyone. I saw him yesterday and he is coming back, but he went through a real bad time, although he's doing a lot better now." Rafferty is not the only bass player recently to quit because of touring demands - the KOOKS rivals Arctic Monkeys' Andy Nicholson left the band in June (06).