June 11, 2012 12:02

Richard Hawley: 'Amy Winehouse's death felt inevitable'

Singer-songwriter also says her passing left him 'heartbroken'

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Richard Hawley has admitted that he felt Amy Winehouse's death was almost inevitable.

The singer-songwriter, who recently told NME his acclaimed new album 'Standing At The Sky's Edge' was inspired by the passing of his friend and fellow musician Tim McCall, said he felt it was only a matter of time before she would die as a result of either drink or drugs.

Winehouse passed away last year as a result of having more than five times the drink-drive limit in her system.

"I think it's quite obvious that there are certain people who won't make it," he told Shortlist. "It's like Amy Winehouse, bless her. It was obvious to all the older [musicians] who had been around for a long time what would happen if that [situation] didn't change."

He added:

It breaks my heart to see that great talent destroy itself.


Hawley is set to embark on an extensive UK tour later this year.

Richard Hawley will play:

Holmfirth Picture House (September 16)
Norwich UEA (17)
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (18)
Brighton Dome (19)
Bath Pavilion (21)
Birmingham HMV Institute (22)
Sheffield City Hall (23)
O2 Academy Leeds (25)
Manchester Academy (26)
O2 Academy Newcastle (27)
Glasgow Barrowlands (28)
Lincoln Engine Shed (30)
Derby Assembly Rooms (October 1)
O2 Academy Brixton (3)


To check the availability of Richard Hawley tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

You can watch the new video for Hawley's track 'You Haunt Me', the B-side to his recent Record Store Day release 'Leave Your Body Behind You', by clicking below, where you can also enter a competition to win the turntable featured in the clip.

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