Morrissey denies allegations he demanded PAWS cancel live show

Scottish band claimed that singer had demanded they cancel support slot with We Are Scientists in California

Morrissey has denied allegations that he demanded Glasgow band PAWS cancel a live show they were due to play on Thursday night (May 8).

As previously reported, PAWS were scheduled to support We Are Scientists at The Observatory in Orange County, California in a gig which would take place in a smaller room within the same venue Morrissey was also set to perform.

In a Facebook post before the show, which has since been deleted, PAWS hit out at the singer, calling him an “ego maniac acting like a baby throwing toys from a pram. To satisfy his little power hungry brain.”

However, in a statement published by Pitchfork, a representative for Morrissey says: “Morrissey had nothing to do with this. As long as there was no sound bleed, Morrissey was completely fine with another show going on inside the same complex.”

Ultimately, both shows went ahead in the end, and in a long Facebook statement posted yesterday (May 9), PAWS clarified the situation, maintaining that they were asked not to perform in order that no live music be heard during the former Smiths singer’s set.

Morrissey’s US tour is set to continue with two major US arena shows with very unusual support acts: veteran performers Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard. In a statement, Morrissey said he was “honoured and thrilled” to have Jones and Richard on the bills.