The rumors have now been confirmed: Helen Feng is leaving Pet Conspiracy, the band confirmed, citing "creative and personal differences." Helen will reportedly be focusing on ZIYO and her new project in 2011. As for Pet Conspiracy, the new line-up will include Huzi as producer and guitar player, Edo as drummer, with Fiona and Mary on vocals.

In the meantime, Helen is presently with the band on their third European Tour, involving 11 gigs in Norway, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Upon their return from Europe, the band will be working in studio with Helen on their upcoming album to be released in early 2011.

For you Pet Conspiracy fans, no need to fret" the new line-up is "fully active and will be coming up with new projects, new music and new gigs very soon" they note in their official statement on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/thepetconspiracy/blog/540476380). As a die-hard Pet Conspiracy fan myself, I'll be following closely the band's new course and projects in MusicDish*China. In the meantime, check out this teaser clip of the band performing live at Beijing's Yugong Yishan.

By Eric de Fontenay

Pet Conspiracy Live in Beijing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPi2EZl172M

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