Amy Winehouse: ‘I haven’t sacked my band’

Singer responds to tabloid claims about 'gig from hell'

Amy Winehouse has responded to tabloid newspaper claims that she had a “gig from hell” recently and ended up blaming her backing band.

The star played a gig at the Rock in Rio Lisboa event in Portugal on Saturday (May 31).

The Daily Star called the show the “gig from hell”, and claimed that after the show the singer threatened to sack her backing band.

Winehouse has responded to the claims today by releasing a statement refuting them. “I was really upset that anyone would suggest that I would act that way to my band,” her statement read.

“My band are my family and I did not ‘scream’ at my horn players and would never be ‘sick of the sight of them’. We have been through a lot together and I would never lose my temper in that way with them.”

Speaking about her perceived poor performance at the show, Winehouse said in the statement: “I suffered from a sore throat all week and was given the option to cancel. But I was determined to show my fans that I was back and working.

“I’m looking forward to my remaining dates throughout the summer.”