Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ne-Yo Sticks it to Manchester

This is one of the worst excuses for being too loaded to perform that I have ever heard:

"My voice couldn't take it. From the first song I knew something was wrong," Ne-Yo
continued his explanation. "I shoulda stopped there, but I come from a school where no matter what, the show must go on. It wasn't until about 4 songs in that I came to the painful realization that my voice was done, literally nothing left, and that I would have to stop the show."

"I've never had to stop a show, never dreamed I'd ever have to. So when I had to walk out on that stage and tell 12,000 of the people responsible for making me who I am that I could not perform for them, it literally broke my heart. I cried harder than I have in a very long time with no shame whatsoever."

Ne-Yo concluded his apologetic statement on Global Grindby thanking his fans. "To the people of Manchester, know that I love you and I thank you for being so understanding and supportive. And I promise you that you will receive the show deserved. Thanks to the fans for the love and concern," he ended.

Ne-Yo was in tears when performing in Manchester. In the beginning of the show, he said he felt sick. After singing one song, he revealed he couldn't take it anymore and told the crowd, "I've never not completed a show. I've never done this before. I want to thank y'all for bearing with me as long as y'all did. I appreciate that. Trust me when I say, I will be back. I love ya'll."

Now, I understand the music business--I was in the music business for the better part of nine months--but when I played Manchester, it was at Old Trafford, the Manchester United soccer stadium, and it held about 68,000 people in the mid-1980s when I played there.

Yes, I played to a soccer stadium full of soccer fans. They brought me in, and I sang one song, "Can't Stop Me Making Money (By Being Funky!!!)  and they went berserk. I have never had so many people give me the finger in all of my life.

Ne-Yo got loaded, decided he was going to end up splayed on his ass in front of all of those people, and bailed on his gig. That's music industry parlance, by the by.

My advice for Ne-Yo is this--keep getting loaded. Blow of a few more shows. It will add a Sly and the Family Stone mystique to your image, and the fans who actually got to see your shows when you still cared will keep buying tickets for phantom shows you will never actually perform, and you'll get to keep the money of the fans who fail to apply for refunds. That's cash money in your pocket, for doing nothing.

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