If I'm honest, I had guessed that something was afoot when KY revealed to me on Tuesday that she had sung on the Morrissey song Kick the Bride Down the Aisle. It wasn't exactly an act of treachery by Kristeen to make such a revelation, but it was a surprise none the less, because Morrissey is usually so secretive about such things.
KY had also announced on Tuesday that she was not ill; after it had initially been stated that her illness was one of the reasons that Wednesday's Atlanta show had been cancelled. Again, it looked as though KY was being slightly defiant, and the cancellation statement had to be changed to a virus affecting Morrissey/band and crew. It should also be noted by all those concerned for Morrissey's health, that a virus doesn't necessarily have to be bacterial! Cue Log Lady, "Viruses come in many different forms. Viruses can spread, viruses can be contained, viruses....", actually, I haven't got time to be Log Lady, so I shall continue.
I knew before Kristeen's Facebook announcement that she was leaving the tour, as Morrissey had hinted it to me in the toilets of The Twitterdilly Arms an hour earlier. Those toilets don't half see some action! Morrissey didn't go into the ins and outs, or the whys and wherefores, but my guess would be that Kristeen has not made herself available for future legs of the tour, and there may therefore have been a little tantrum thrown. As I say, it's just a guess, perhaps there weren't any tantrums at all, but the fact that Kristeen is leaving straight away reminds me of an incident that happened to me once.
I won't bore anybody with the whole of my story, but basically I had an employee who was by far my best worker. One day she told me she was leaving; to set up in the same industry on her own. It had apparently taken her ages to make the decision to go it alone, and it had also taken her ages to pluck up the courage to tell me. She cried genuine tears as she handed in her resignation and I was fully aware of how much she loved working for both me and my company. Did I hug her and wish her all the best? No, I kicked her out on the spot and didn't even let her say her goodbyes to colleagues. I have very few regrets in life, but that reaction of mine on that September day in 2007 was not one i look back with with any sense of satisfaction.
It is a real shame that Kristeen is leaving Morrissey's tour, but as I told Morrissey in the toilets, I personally believe it is the right thing for her to do. The Knife Shift is one of my favourite albums EVER, and Kristeen Young is a tremendously talented artist who should be headlining her own tours. What is a terrible, terrible shame, is that KY is leaving the Morrissey tour with immediate effect. It would be great if that wasn't to happen after all.
For the record, here is Morrissey's official announcement: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2014/06/04/morrissey-cancels-atlanta-concert-again/
Only yesterday, a new Kristeen Young interview was posted on Redeyechicago.Com, and in the interview Kristeen spoke affectionately about Moz, saying, "he's very giving to me actually. He opens my pickle jars." http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/music/redeye-kristeen-young-interview-with-redeye-20140604,0,4537825.story?page=1
It is now time for Kristeen to open her own pickle jars. She has the voice of a bird, so I dearly hope she soars like one too, she deserves to. If she ever tours the UK, I will be at the front of the queue.
And now, I just can't wait for Morrissey to return to the stage on Saturday. He is at his peak, and is heading back to Number 1. I have offered the services of myself and Willow as the new opening act. Morrissey replied, "What? As an opening act? You and Plimsoll lady are hired. Start rehearsing."
*Goes off to rehearse*