IOW statement from Morrissey - (May 28, 2005)


Statement about the Isle Of Wight Festival


"IOW statement from Morrissey:

I have not ever, at any time, agreed to play the Isle of Wight Festival. 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.
In truth, I am not at all under pressure with the follow-up to You Are The Quarry — everything is in hand, and ready. However, my contract with Sanctuary ended last year and hasn't been renewed. Hence, no promotional appearances for Live At Earls Court or the accompanying single. Surely somebody noticed? Secondly, I have NOT parted company with Deano, and I am annoyed that Sanctuary have thrown this in without consulting either Deano or myself. But that's just the way it goes. Call it anything other than what it is.
Thirdly, I have no connection at all with the site called It is controlled by Sanctuary and I am neither consulted nor involved.
When a concert is announced in error — as with Japan last year — the inevitable news to follow is that I have "pulled out"; but I can't pull out if I've never been in in the first place, and even though Janice Long kindly announced very early on that the IOW wouldn't happen, unfortunately Sanctuary would not confirm this and this encouraged people to buy tickets.
I am very angry about the IOW, but I can't control Sanctuary. I also realise that, regardless of the facts, people will always blame me for any unfortunate incidents — somehow believing that I control the entire spectrum of human events. 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.
love to you from

27 May 2005"

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