July 30 [9:00 EDT] -- A source close to the Fun Lovin' Criminals says, contrary to Live singer Ed Kowalczyk's comments on a Toronto radio show last week, FLC are not having internal problems, nor are they suffering through the collapse of their record label. They just didn't want to tour with Live.
The band was scheduled to kick off a month long stint with Live and Luscious Jackson starting July 25 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They pulled out just prior to the opener and were replaced by the Liverpool-based Manbreak.
"The band (FLC) didn't want to do the tour from the start," says the source. "It was something the label had pushed them in to." When EMI Records in the States was shut down, he adds, they were taken under the wing of the EMI mother company in England who kindly allowed them to back out of the roadtrip.
The band, who spent the month of June opening stadiums for U2, will now take a short rest, says the source, and then return to the Euro festival circuit.
They will most likely sign a contract with the EMI-owned Virgin Records in the States.
Meanwhile, it seems that the show promoters in Toronto couldn't even give the tickets away. Over 4000 free general admission tickets were issued for Live as compensation for a canceled appearance by Counting Crows. Just half were used.