Morrissey's Guitarist Jesse Tobias Condemns Opener Kristeen Young and Producer Tony Visconti
Published Jun 13, 2014Morrissey's U.S. tour has been cancelled, but the drama surrounding it rages on. An initial statement from the singer's camp blamed opener Kristeen Young, saying that Moz had caught an illness from her, but Young quickly responded to say that this was a lie and that her supposed sickness was an allergy attack. Now, Morrissey's guitarist Jesse Tobias has waded into the dispute.
In a statement to semi-official Moz fan site True to You today (June 13), Tobias — who, interestingly, was a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the '90s before being replaced by Dave Navarro — called out both Young and producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with both Young and Morrissey and evidently supports Young on this matter.
He called Young "disingenuous" for denying that she was sick, saying that she "was obviously unwell." He further condemned Visconti's "parrot-like affirmation" of Young, saying that her words were "repulsive" and accusing him of "[flipping] into schoolgirl mode."
He ended the note with the dismissal, "Good riddance to false friends."
Read the entire grammatically questionable note below:
It's been quite Disheartening to see the "Facebook" Hatred thrown about by Our Former Friends/ Working Partners Kristeen Young and Tony Visconti.
I do feel that Someone needs to Speak Up for Moz in this situation as it is unbearable to watch people you once trusted , Attack and Pick Away at your Friend.
In my experience ANYONE associated with the Morrissey Camp know they are solely there because of Morrissey himself.
He chooses to tour/ work with certain people.
For Kristeen and Tony Visconti to go on about Her being better off now, without considering Morrissey's 9 years of help and promotion is Very Disappointing.
Only speaking from my experience, with the crew and Moz falling ill in Miami, for Kristeen to deny she was truly sick seems disingenuous.
I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell.
Our crew then tried to keep her at a reasonable distance but being in such close quarters for months these things sometimes happen.
I am Upset that in this situation Kristeen could not take the tour as a whole into consideration and just comply with the postponement announcement.
One could only assume it was necessary for her to justify herself and ultimately receive some promotion out of the matter.
This combined with Tony Visconti's Parrot Like affirmation on "Facebook" that "she is better off, is Morrissey Capable of being handled?" is Repulsive.
This is a MAN who worked closely with us on a record and several sessions that Suddenly flips into Schoolgirl mode with "yeah you tell em" Chatter…??
Good Riddance to False Friends.