Next in line for the Starbucks set: Stereogum reader Nathan M. expressed his dismay at this announcement on damienrice.com:
Band update – 25 Mar 2007
After much thought and discussion Damien has decided that his professional relationship with Lisa Hannigan has run its creative course. As a result Lisa will not be appearing at any of the upcoming live shows. Lisa is embarking on her own artistic endeavours and there are no plans for them to work together in the foreseeable future. The current band on tour at the moment are – Damien Rice, Joel Shearer, Shane Fitzsimons, Tom Osander & Vyvienne Long.
Says Nathan: “Sucks for those of us with tickets to the upcoming US tour.” You guys know we’re big Hannigan fans, and her burgeoning solo career is undoubtedly a factor, but isn’t it more fun to postulate irresponsibly that their “professional relationship” running its “creative course” actually is shrouded in salacious circumstances? Fan fiction time: Make up a scandalous backstory to the rift and departure. Maybe use this pic for inspiration.