Jay Reatard: “Band quit! Fuck them!”


Read his lips. Er,


By Fred Mills


Seems like only…. SUNDAY that all was rosy in the Jay
Reatard camp. Saturday night Reatard and 
his band had polished off the final show of the first leg of his fall
tour in support of the Watch Me Fall album, and on Sunday were driving back home to Memphis from Baltimore.


Reatard even Twittered that day
thusly: “In the van on the way back to memphis . Forst leg of
the shattered tour was a smash thank you to everyone who partied down with all
of u


Ah, but what a difference 24 hours
and a stinky van ride can make. Today, avid followers of Reatard’s sporadic
tweets found this missive waiting for them:


“Band quit! Fuck them! They are boring rich kids who can’t play
for ahit anyways … Say hello to your ugly and boring wifes opps I mean lifes
guys suck it.”


Apparently bass player Stephen
Pope and drummer Billy Hayes are no longer with Reatard – no official
explanation has been issued yet – and while this doesn’t necessarily interrupt
the tour per se (Reatard’s got until
Oct. 15 to round up new members; that’s when he’s slated to kick off West Coast
dates in Seattle), all we can do is say… wait and see.


Oh, and pick up the new issue of
BLURT, too: we have an interview with Reatard in it.




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