Friday, April 16, 2010

Shock as Glasvegas star Caroline McKay quits band

By Bev Lyons
The Daily Record (Scotland)
Mar 31 2010

GLASVEGAS drummer Caroline McKay has sensationally walked out on the Scottish band in the middle of writing for their second album.

The group, who are working on the songs in Los Angeles, are said to be in shock after she quit on Monday.

Details are unclear but an insider confirmed Caroline was not fired and it was her decision to go.

Glasvegas (from left): Rab Allan, Paul Donoghue, James Allan and Caroline McKay.

Frontman James Allan said: "We are really sad Caroline has decided to leave as she is one of the coolest drummers around.

"But we respect her decision and say goodbye with all our love and luck."

It seems incredible that someone previously unknown would walk away from the band which made her an international star, but our source insisted she had her reasons.

But it is unclear whether she even intends to remain in music.

The insider told The Razz: "Caroline just wants to pursue other interests.

"She left. She was not pushed. I don't know if she's been unhappy for a while or whether it was a recent decision.

"I do know the band are all gutted to lose her as they are all very close."

At least Glasvegas have not started recording, so Caroline's departure should not affect the production schedule or force any re-recording.

Our insider told us: "They are still at the writing stage so this should not have any real effect on the album.

"They are planning to go into the studio in the summer. But they are all very upset though, especially James."

He recruited Caroline while she was working in Glasgow vintage shop Mr Benn, even though she had never played drums before.

He shaped her into the driving force behind the band's signature sound and has staunchly defended her against criticism of her musical ability.

James said: "Caroline had never played before but I thought, 'She should be in the band. She's a brave girl.' " And outspoken star Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers also leaped to her defence.

He said: "I was furious when I heard someone suggest the band would be better offwithout her. Caroline is the coolest woman in rock."

Jon's opinion was backed up when Caroline made No.10 in the NME Cool List. She had seemed content with her new life as a rock star and has spoken about the bond between the band.

She said: "The boys are like brothers and the journey we're all on together is a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

But Caroline suffered terribly from stage fright, so perhaps she simply could not face the prospect of doing a tour with the new songs.

She had confessed: "I get sick every night. All over the country, there are little bags of puke where Glasvegas have played."

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