Cult New York rockers The Virgins have axed a 2014 tour of Europe after announcing their split. Frontman Donald Cumming broke the news to fans on Wednesday (13Nov13), a year after the band signed to Julian Casablancas' fledgling label Cult Records.
A statement released by the singer reads: "There's nothing I'd hoped to do with The Virgins that we haven't done. It's been an incredible experience and I want to thank everyone who was a part of it, but now it's time to move on. I'll see you in my dreams."
Cumming formed the group with bassist Max Kamins, guitarist Xan Aird and drummer John Eatherly in 2006 and they released their self-titled debut album in 2008. Their sophomore project, Strike Gently, hit retailers in March (13).
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas has thanked fans for their support following the death of his father, modelling industry mogul John Casablancas. Casablancas, the co-founder of Elite Model Management, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this month (Jul13) after a battle with cancer and the singer took to his Twitter.com page on Saturday (27Jul13) to thanks devotees for their words of comfort.
He writes, "Thanks for all the kind words. It's been a tough two weeks."
The musician also shared a link to an emotional letter penned by his mother Jeanette Christiansen, who encouraged Casablancas to set up his modelling agency.
She writes, "A lot has been said and a lot has been written about John and about this business. Some of it true and a lot of it untrue. I backed Johnny 100 per cent when he wanted to change... the modeling (sic) industry. He stood up for women and fought for them to earn more so they could make fruitful careers... I am saying good-bye, dear John. I am so thankful for the years that we had together and for our son Julian."
The letter also states that Casablancas was laid to rest in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday (27Jul13) in accordance with his wishes.
Casablancas is credited with "inventing" the supermodel and helped launch the careers of numerous high-profile models including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer.
Fashion's most famous faces have been plunged into mourning following the death of agency boss John Casablancas. Casablancas, who founded the famous Elite Model Management company, passed away in his adopted home of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday (20Jul13) following a battle with cancer, according to the New York Times.
The 70 year old was responsible for launching the careers of some of the industry's most-well known stars, including Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer, and he is credited with ushering in the era of the world's first supermodels in the 1990s.
His death has prompted an outpouring of grief on social networking websites from stars of the modelling world.
Supermodel Joanna Krupa remembered her friend and mentor in a post on Facebook.com, writing, "RIP John Casablancas... one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life and the Closest friend and mentor... The creator of the biggest supermodels in the world. May his legacy live forever and his kind heart. He will be missed."
Alessandra Ambrosio writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Sad Day! Rest in peace John Casablancas! Thank you for all!" and Adriana Lima adds, "Just found out sad news on the passing of John Casablanca (sic). My thoughts and prayers are to (his family)."
Casablancas is survived by family members including his famous son Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been blacklisted by the man who helped launch her
catwalk career--because she is "nasty" and "temperamental".
Campbell shot to fame after being discovered by Elite Modeling agents near
her London home when she was just 15.
But Elite boss John Casablancas, the father of Strokes rocker Julian
Casablancas, hasn't worked with her since 1989, and says he will never work
with her again.
He tells the New York Daily News, "Naomi has a really nasty side, because of
her temperament, her lifestyle and her history. I like her a lot, but I would
not work with her again for all the gold on Earth. She was abusive with her
booking staff and it was unbearable."
But Campbell's representative says, "Naomi has been very honest about her
past and has learned a great deal from it. It's unfortunate that John does not
seem to be able to move on. I'm sure Naomi wishes him the best."
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