Full-page article from today's NME regarding IOW debacle

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Uncleskinny

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Full-page article in today’s NME (8th June)

Moz: “I’m not to blame for festival cancellation”
The star drops Isle Of Wight headline slot but insists it’s his record company’s fault

The cancellation of Morrissey’s appearance at the Nokia Isle Of Wight festival has thrown his entire career into confusion.

The former Smiths front man was announced as a headliner for this year’s festival back in March. But at the beginning of last week (May 30th) a statement appeared on Morrisseymusic.com – the star’s official site – indicating that Morrissey had pulled from the date, saying: “The pressure of preparing the new album and losing his drummer earlier this month has made it impossible for him to do the gig without massively compromising the gig and the album”

“They started something I couldn’t finish”
However, within hours of that explanation, a contradictory statement purporting to be directly from Morrissey himself was published on fansite true-to-you.net. Not only did this take issue with the official statement, but it also attacked the singer’s record label, Sanctuary. “I have not ever, at any time, agreed to play the Isle Of Wight Festival”, declared the statement. “The announcement that I would play was made by Sanctuary, and it was their error. However, record companies will never take the blame for their own mistakes and Sanctuary’s press statement today reflects this.”

“I don’t owe you anything”
The posting went on to disown the official line, stating Morrissey has “no connection at all with the site called Morrisseymusic.com”, insisting that Morrissey and drummer Deano Butterworth are still working together and declaring that the former Smiths man is no longer signed to his label.

“I am not under any pressure with the follow-up to “You Are The Quarry”; everything is in hand, and ready,” it explained. “However, my contract with Sanctuary ended last year and hasn’t been renewed. Hence, no promotional appearances for “Live At Earl’s Court” or the accompanying single. Surely someone noticed?”

Sanctuary refused to comment on the statement, with a spokesperson saying: “We’ve worked closely with Morrissey over the last couple of years and out of respect for our artists we’re not going to comment any further.”

“This not-very-charming man”
However, Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival promoters, Solo, were more vocal about the situation. An initial statement declared: “We are hugely disappointed to be let down and are shocked at Morrissey’s total disregard for the event and for his fans,” before promoter John Giddings elaborated, telling a tabloid newspaper: “I think he (Morrissey) is a wanker. If he can’t be bothered then fine…He always shoots himself in the foot.”

The situation fell into further confusion, as there was no official confirmation that Morrissey was genuinely behind the fansite statement. However, NME can confirm for the first time that the posting definitely came from him. But, as with many of the star’s industry dealings, the situation is far from straightforward.

According to our source, Morrissey’s claim that he never committed to the Isle Of Wight festival is correct, but the exact state of his relationship with his label remains unclear.

Relations between the artist and label have been the topic of music industry speculation since late year, suggesting that the current situation is likely to adversely affect the release of any new Morrissey material.

“You’re the one for me, Franny”
The Isle Of Wight festival, meanwhile, has confirmed that Travis will be taking over the headlining slot on June 11th, but many fans who were travelling to the island specifically to see Morrissey have already contacted NME to express their frustration.

“Heaven knows we’re miserable now”
“Scandalous. Booked hotel, ferry and now it’s a disaster. Saturday is rubbish. What a waste of money,” declared NME reader Sean Stevens.

“Morrissey could have made an announcement publicly rather than doling it through small fan sites,” added Danny Carr. “I am gutted. I hope to attain a full refund. Morrissey, Sanctuary and Isle Of Wight: shame on you.”

Morrissey, however, tried to pre-empt criticism in his statement, insisting on his innocence.

“Regardless of the facts, people will always blame me for any unfortunate incidents, somehow believing that I control the whole spectrum of human events,” he wrote. “In truth, since our closing dates last year in London and Dublin, my personal involvement in anything that has followed has been sub-minus-zero. There will be a new signing for the new album, so please wait until you hear the news from my lips. Everything else is just gossip.”
 
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Theo van Gogh Martyrs Brigade

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I'm relieved to hear he didn't lie about never confirming it.
 
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sorrowofstamfordbridge

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Yes, but the NME have raised the point that worries me the most - the state of relations between Morrissey and Sanctuary means that there is very little chance of seeing a new album anytime soon. It's very likely that this site will simply become a speculation forum again with no new material or tours to speak of.

> I'm relieved to hear he didn't lie about never confirming it.
 
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jp

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That was basically just a bunch of information we already knew about.

Personally, I'm less concerned with the speed of a new album and more concerned with some actual dates or a tour being announced. Will we really not see the man perform in 2005???

> Full-page article in today’s NME (8th June)

> Moz: “I’m not to blame for festival cancellation”
> The star drops Isle Of Wight headline slot but insists it’s his record
> company’s fault

> The cancellation of Morrissey’s appearance at the Nokia Isle Of Wight
> festival has thrown his entire career into confusion.

> The former Smiths front man was announced as a headliner for this year’s
> festival back in March. But at the beginning of last week (May 30th) a
> statement appeared on Morrisseymusic.com – the star’s official site –
> indicating that Morrissey had pulled from the date, saying: “The pressure
> of preparing the new album and losing his drummer earlier this month has
> made it impossible for him to do the gig without massively compromising
> the gig and the album”

> “They started something I couldn’t finish”
> However, within hours of that explanation, a contradictory statement
> purporting to be directly from Morrissey himself was published on fansite
> true-to-you.net. Not only did this take issue with the official statement,
> but it also attacked the singer’s record label, Sanctuary. “I have not
> ever, at any time, agreed to play the Isle Of Wight Festival”, declared
> the statement. “The announcement that I would play was made by Sanctuary,
> and it was their error. However, record companies will never take the
> blame for their own mistakes and Sanctuary’s press statement today
> reflects this.”

> “I don’t owe you anything”
> The posting went on to disown the official line, stating Morrissey has “no
> connection at all with the site called Morrisseymusic.com”, insisting that
> Morrissey and drummer Deano Butterworth are still working together and
> declaring that the former Smiths man is no longer signed to his label.

> “I am not under any pressure with the follow-up to “You Are The Quarry”;
> everything is in hand, and ready,” it explained. “However, my contract
> with Sanctuary ended last year and hasn’t been renewed. Hence, no
> promotional appearances for “Live At Earl’s Court” or the accompanying
> single. Surely someone noticed?”

> Sanctuary refused to comment on the statement, with a spokesperson saying:
> “We’ve worked closely with Morrissey over the last couple of years and out
> of respect for our artists we’re not going to comment any further.”

> “This not-very-charming man”
> However, Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival promoters, Solo, were more vocal
> about the situation. An initial statement declared: “We are hugely
> disappointed to be let down and are shocked at Morrissey’s total disregard
> for the event and for his fans,” before promoter John Giddings elaborated,
> telling a tabloid newspaper: “I think he (Morrissey) is a wanker. If he
> can’t be bothered then fine…He always shoots himself in the foot.”

> The situation fell into further confusion, as there was no official
> confirmation that Morrissey was genuinely behind the fansite statement.
> However, NME can confirm for the first time that the posting definitely
> came from him. But, as with many of the star’s industry dealings, the
> situation is far from straightforward.

> According to our source, Morrissey’s claim that he never committed to the
> Isle Of Wight festival is correct, but the exact state of his relationship
> with his label remains unclear.

> Relations between the artist and label have been the topic of music
> industry speculation since late year, suggesting that the current
> situation is likely to adversely affect the release of any new Morrissey
> material.

> “You’re the one for me, Franny”
> The Isle Of Wight festival, meanwhile, has confirmed that Travis will be
> taking over the headlining slot on June 11th, but many fans who were
> travelling to the island specifically to see Morrissey have already
> contacted NME to express their frustration.

> “Heaven knows we’re miserable now”
> “Scandalous. Booked hotel, ferry and now it’s a disaster. Saturday is
> rubbish. What a waste of money,” declared NME reader Sean Stevens.

> “Morrissey could have made an announcement publicly rather than doling it
> through small fan sites,” added Danny Carr. “I am gutted. I hope to attain
> a full refund. Morrissey, Sanctuary and Isle Of Wight: shame on you.”

> Morrissey, however, tried to pre-empt criticism in his statement,
> insisting on his innocence.

> “Regardless of the facts, people will always blame me for any unfortunate
> incidents, somehow believing that I control the whole spectrum of human
> events,” he wrote. “In truth, since our closing dates last year in London
> and Dublin, my personal involvement in anything that has followed has been
> sub-minus-zero. There will be a new signing for the new album, so please
> wait until you hear the news from my lips. Everything else is just
> gossip.”
 
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Dressed In Black

Guest
> I'm relieved to hear he didn't lie about never confirming it.
He wouldn't lie; I'm not urging the Vatican automatically make him a Saint, but I'll only believe it if HE claims the situation, and sorts it out himself.
 
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Mouthful_of_Pie

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THis is huge! I was even starting to doubt that the statement was from Morrissey. I don't think that problems with Sanctuary will affect the release of a new record. His last record was a huge success and record companies will be eager to deal with him.

Concert promoters on the other hand might be a little hesitant...
 
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