British firebrand and neo-ska star Lily Allen has cancelled most of her current American tour. According to a post on her MySpace page, she?s not really feeling it: ?I am tired, but, more than that, I don?t think I have been giving my best performances recently. I have been getting really drunk because I?ve been so nervous about doing bad shows, and I don?t want people spending money on going to see a show that isn?t the best it could be.? Die-hards will still be able to see Allen perform at a few dates, Coachella and Bonnaroo among them, but her tour?s been truncated. In not-unrelated news, other burgeoning British female artists Lady Sovereign and Amy Winehouse have each had problems with live appearances lately: the former cancelling her U.K. tour because of exhaustion, the latter cancelling selected dates in various countries for a variety of reasons, poor girl. What?s up, Brits? Too much touring? Or too much infighting?
Surprise! Lily Allen and Lady Sovereign aren?t getting along. The mouthy, much-hyped members of Britpop’s new guard (the former a pint-sized smack-talking ska artist, the latter a pint-sized smack-talking Adidas Muppet) traded words in the press after Lady Sov claimed Allen owed her recent success to her dad, Keith, a famous British comedian. Here?s how it went down:
Lady Sovereign: ?I’m not hating on her but someone like Lily Allen, just ’cause her dad’s famous, doesn’t have to work as hard as someone like me."
Lily Allen: "I’ve spoken to my dad and he says he’d be happy to adopt you if you think it will give you a leg up."
More as more develops . . . .