Top promoter tells Winehouse to quit

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Amy Winehouse should abandon her current tour and take time to heal, according to one of Britain's leading music promoters. Michael Eavis, founder and organiser of the Glastonbury music festival, called for her to scrap the disaster-ridden tour that has seen the singer booed off stage and lose a tour manager amid complaints over the star's heroin use.

Eavis said: "Her management obviously thought it was a good idea for her to do a tour, but they didn't really realise the girl's ill – she's just not fit for it, that's the trouble. She needs to recover, build her self-confidence again and heal herself."

The sell-out tour was supposed to draw a line under a turbulent summer of cancelled gigs, stints in rehab and family feuds. But instead, Ms Winehouse has become embroiled in a series of public rows, since a drunken performance on the opening night in Birmingham last Wednesday saw her crying and swearing on stage.

With speculation mounting over her mental and physical state, the troubled singer somehow managed to perform a "smooth and sober set" in Glasgow on Friday night. But her obvious fragility, in the wake of her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, being remanded in custody on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice, has left leading music industry figures divided over her future.

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