We travelled to Leeds last night in expectation of seeing the Dirty Pretty things in concert, but when we arrived we were told the gig was off due to Carl Barrett having laryngitis.
Fair enough. These things happen but my suspicions were aroused because a) the band are splitting up after this tour and b) the support band was cancelled citing the same excuse on Monday with no announcement of a replacement. Any band in Leeds would jump at the chance to be on that bill so my feeling was that this was all a bit convenient.
I rang the venue today and they were cagey. A simple google search uncovered the promoters (Futuresound) so I rang them direct. The girl on the phone was alarmingly honest and told me that as the band were indeed splitting, “they couldn’t be arsed to play last night. They are only going to do some of the shows on sufferance to avoid being sued. But not if they can get away with it”.
Blinkin flip. What a shower. Needless to say Carl Barrett has bombed in my estimation.
One consolation is that Pete, Rich and I were spared the humiliation of being pointed at by a load of kids as the sad old men in the room. It could have been Legally Blonde 2 all over again….