West Indian Girl parts ways with the future Miss Trent Reznor
Dreamy Los Angeles pop band West Indian Girl has parted ways with singer Mariqueen Maandig, the band announced this weekend on its official website -- and blasted out via Twitter today. Maandig, Pop & Hiss readers may remember, scored national headlines this year when it was announced that she was engaged to Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor.
West Indian Girl has a pair of shows this week -- one at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Wednesday and one at the club's West Hollywood location on Friday. The gigs will go on without Maandig. As to the cause for the departure, Pop & Hiss doesn't have any hard facts at the moment, but the official announcement will leave plenty of room for interpretation for the gossip hounds.
Read the statement:
from the very very sad and unfortunate department we announce that west indian girl and mariqueen have parted ways. due to her recent life and priority changes she will no longer be part of our group. we wish her nothing but the best as she embarks on a new chapter of her new life outside of this band. she sacrificed a lot over the years and her loyalty and professionalism to this family will sorely be missed. she will, however, always remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. thank you q, we love and miss you.
Perhaps pure coincidence, perhaps not, but Nine Inch Nails will supposedly call it quits for the foreseeable future after a string of club shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in the coming weeks. Reznor will shut the door on the current chapter of Nine Inch Nails after a Sept. 6 gig at the Echoplex in Echo Park.
West Indian Girl will be holding auditions -- for a new singer, not to be the future Miss Trent Reznor -- and those interested, at least those who fit the band's need for a "creative female with a killer voice," should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos, from left: Trent Reznor / European Pressphoto Agency; Mariqueen Maandig / Getty Images