Elastica, have apparently interviewed over thirty-six bassists to fill the
gap in the line-up left by Annie Holland, who left during their Lollapalooza
gigs, citing a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and an allergic reaction to
touring. Holland talked to Melody Maker last week and told them that
"the touring just got too much. I missed my friends and family in Brighton.
We'd been on the road for months and I was looking forward to a break after
the T In The Park and the Cork Feile festivals. But then we were offered the
Lollapalooza tour in America and I couldn't fact it. I loved being in the
band and I loved the people, but I just reached the end of my
endurance...though maybe I should have stuck it our a bit longer, because the
rest of the band have just had a month off. "
In related news, Elastica has hired the guy who streaked during their gig at
the Glastonbury Festival to fill in as a temporary keyboard player. The
nudist, who goes by the name of Anthony Genn, is a friend of the band, and
added a little (more) excitement to Elastica's set when he dashed across the
stage in the altogether this past summer. What stopped his trajectory was
when Annie Holland stuck out her foot, and tripped Genn. Do you suppose this
was some bizarre audition ritual on the part of Elastica?