So Morrissey has cancelled the whole of the rest of what would have been a long US tour, because of “acute fever", and has blamed his support act, the unsigned American singer-songwriter Kristeen Young (who was first his support act in April 2006) for passing this on to him. She denies this, very reasonably, though she's deleted the Facebook post in which she said so.
His blaming her seems ungracious, especially since they've gushed about each other extravagantly in the past:
Him: “Do you remember an ancient notion of how good the very best should be? This is Kristeen Young."
Her: “This man, who I think is the greatest lyricist that ever existed and who I've worshipped since I was a teenager, is now my friend. And he's a good friend. He's extremely generous and accommodating."
He's obviously one of those people who quarrels with everyone in the end. It doesn't stop me admiring him as an artist nor stop me awaiting his new album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, due out next month. Here's a song from it, ‘Kick the Bride Down the Aisle', as performed at one the US concerts he did manage, at Boston Opera House five days ago:
A curiously old-fashioned rock-group set-up, don't you think?
[News re tour cancellation c/o Matt Everitt on BBC Radio6Music this morning; quotes from Morrissey and Young from http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/mar/10/weekend7.weekend8.]