According to bassist Jenn Alva, when Girl in a Coma opened their first show for Morrissey at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, a fan quickly helped them overcome their nervousness. “There was a guy out front clapping and saying ‘hallelujah,’ because he was glad we weren’t the opening act `Kristeen Young` he’d had before.”

Morrissey seems equally pleased, because he recently invited the SA trio to tour England and France with him in early 2008. All told, they’ll play 13 shows with Moz, culminating with a February 4 concert at the Olympia in Paris.

At the first round of shows with their idol, Alva says, “We talked to him a bit, but the main thing was we wanted to do a great job and stay out of his way. So we stayed in our dressing rooms a lot. We feel really privileged to play to such a great audience.” ...

The Krayolas will premiere four new, Craig-Cuny-directed music videos at the Bijou Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, and will follow the screening with a short, plugged-in performance.

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