Morrissey Allegedly Pulled Some Crazy S— Before His Concert Last Night
According to Consequence of Sound, trouble started yesterday afternoon before his show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, where PAWS and We Are Scientists were also scheduled to perform, albeit in another room at the same venue.
PAWS claimed that Morrissey complained that he didn’t want to perform at the same time as the other bands, fearing that their sound would overlap. Reportedly, Morrissey even threatened to cancel his concert. PAWS wrote about the incident on their Facebook page, though that post has since been removed.
“This is an unbelievable act of complete and utter selfishness that should not be tolerated,” they wrote in the deleted post. “This rich, has-been, ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain. A complete disregard for others and a baffling lack of support/respect for young, hard working musicians.”
This morning, they posted a follow-up note.
We received a call from the promoter/venue telling us that Morrissey, who was also due to play a show tonight in the larger room at the venue, had requested that no live music be heard during his set. SO, in order to adhere to curfews, this would mean that we couldn’t play our opening slot as it would clash with Morrissey’s and We Are Scientists’ headline show would be cut short and heavily delayed (until after Morrissey’s show). We were then informed that in respect of this cancellation, we had been offered to be paid double our guarantee for our troubles as per a clause in the contract for the show, but it was also asserted that we didn’t really have a choice in the matter; for example, we didn’t really get any sort of option to try and make the show work, it was just very cut and dry. So in short, we were essentially getting paid not to play.
We Are Scientists got in on the action too:
Turns out the reason @itsmorrissey doesn't want competing noise is that it might clue people into what singing in tune sounds like.
— We Are Scientists (@wearescientists) May 9, 2014
Things shook out by the end of the night, with PAWS and We Are Scientists agreeing to go on after Morrissey’s show ended. But apparently things didn’t end there, with Morrissey’s manager recounting, “After thinking that everything was FINALLY sorted, this man started screaming at them both, practically squaring up to them and trying his hardest to tear us apart for how big this story was getting, doling out blood-curdling screams to the effect of ‘I AM THE BOSS OF YOU!’”
Morrissey himself has not commented on the matter. And just in case you’ve forgotten this is all supposed to be about the music, here’s a fan-shot video of Morrissey performing one of his new songs, ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business,’ in concert the other night … before he walked off: