Gigs & Festivals

Death Grips’ no-show deliberate, say promoters

By | Published on Thursday 8 August 2013

Death Grips

In inexplicable Death Grips news, it seems Beyonce’s new BFFs never meant to appear ‘in the flesh’ at the several live dates they cancelled last week.

Apparently the idea with the gigs – as with the show at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge that did go ahead (sans the band), and which saw angry fans trash the band’s drum kit on realising DG weren’t going to play – was always to have an empty stage, a looped broadcast of Death Grips tracks, and a backdrop of an apparent suicide note written by a fan.

Talking to DNA Info, Bottom Lounge Marketing Director Erin O’Neal said that “the stage set up and the Death Grips album being played ‘was the show'”, revealing the drumkit that was, by all appearances, taken apart by fans, was in fact a children’s learning set.

She added: “It appears to us that despite having a signed contract, they never intended on performing last night and instead wanted to leave a room of disappointed fans”.

Similarly, a promoter of another cancelled show at the Royal in Boston told Vanyaland it had been planned that “fans of the band would be treated to a giant suicide note displayed on stage, a single drum set up, and one of the band’s handlers backstage pressing play on pre-recorded music”.

So that’s quite provocative, isn’t it? Or annoying, at least.