JJ72 mainman MARK GREANEY has branded MICHAEL STIPE “a dick”, saying that he wouldn’t even let REM support them on tour.
Speaking in the current issue of NME, out nationwide now, Greaney spoke of a time when, as a fan, he attempted to meet his former hero. He said: “He was a dick, a complete cock… I’m young, enthusiastic, exuberant and naive so I went over to him. But he wasn’t having any of it. (He said) ‘Fuck off, can’t you see I’m talking to someone?’ So I went home and threw out all my REM CDs. That taught me to try to meet someone like that.”
Speaking about JJ72’s forthcoming appearance on the NME Carling Tour alongside Amen, Greaney countered rumours that the band were nervous about playing after the US rockers, renowned for their energetic live shows. He used this as another opportunity to slam Stipe. He said: “I believe there was something from our management that they didn’t want Amen to play before us, which we weren’t informed of, but it comes down to to the fact that I’m prepared to play after any band. I’m prepared to let U2 support us. As long as they don’t bring that fuckin’ lemon along. I wouldn’t let REM support us because Michael Stipe’s a dick.”
JJ72 join Amen, Alfie and Starsailor on this year’s NME Carling Awards tour, which calls at: Glasgow QMU (January 21)
Newcastle University (22)
Leeds Metropolitan University (23)
Sheffield University (25)
Liverpool University (26)
Manchester University (27)
Oxford Brookes University (29)
Leicester De Montfort University (30)
Norwich UEA (31)
Cardiff University (February 2)
Bristol University (3)
London Astoria (4)
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