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Sung – How was this show? I like his “Damon” brand keyboard. I heard a field report that there was a temper tantrum thrown the final night, replete with walk-offs, returns, and profuse apologies some awkward time afterward. Any drama while you were there?
looks as if the weekly verifies our field report of thursday’s show.
From the many reports online it seems like night two was very different than night one. In fact he started off night one by telling the audience how much he liked LA and the many friendships he’s developed here over the years. He did start and stop songs several times like night two, mostly because he couldn’t remember the guitar parts. He only became really perturbed at the sound from the monitors during the last song. He reacted by knocking and throwing the other mics on stage, but he still managed to be cordial with the audience throughout.
Badly behaved boy. Via Billboard bits today – just beneath Pauly D – I see that he’s just made some sort of online apology as well.
Tangentially related: is there a blog someplace where soundmen can go to anonymously tear apart prima donna performers? Because that, I would read.
Those “fans” commenting with such nastiness over at the Weekly are some of the worst specimens from LA’s live crowds. And the Weekly is complicit in fanning the flames with 3 slanted posts spanning 5 days. Like, they’re truly angry and out for revenge, as if they actually suffered injury or lost something. Pathetic. No latitude at all for an artist to have a shitty night and say some things they might regret. No backbone to just take or leave the show as it was. Talk of refunds? Some idiot tweeting they’ll fight him? Jesus.
As long as the artist delivers the paying customer some sort of set for their ticket fee – with however many delays, for whatever reason, sound issues, diarrhea, whatever – and he did play 90+ minutes after everything – anything that happens is all part of the “performance”. It’s called a “stage” for that reason. That includes anything they might say or do on stage, short of punching or spitting upon an audience member (though in a punk/hardcore show even that stuff may be acceptable).
If Louis CK calls a heckler a “cunt”, really, how much different would that be than what BDB might have said? If Andy Kaufman wants to read the whole of The Great Gatsby to an audience expecting a “comedy show”, are they entitled to a refund? There was a time when buying a Cat Power ticket meant you didn’t know what you might get and for how long. Faith in the artist is what it means to be a fan(atic).
Whiners should stay home and play with their Tivos if they can’t handle the occasional ugliness that you sometimes get with real human beings. Or, better yet, why not just submit a script in advance to the artist of the next live show they see, outlining the precise action and dialogue which you would like to see them perform on stage. That way you are sure to always get the exact show you want.