If you’ve never been to a concert or show where the artist performing seems a little perturbed by the banter in the audience, then you were possibly one of those in the audience bantering too much. In this case, Fiona Apple had a “meltdown” in which she angrily walked off after one of her sets at a Louis Vuitton event in Tokyo. But most people unknowlingly did not know she had already completed her set. In the statement below released by ?uestlove, Apple clarifies what happened:
if it wouldn’t be too much trouble, if you could tweet to the twits who call themselves journalists(example Chris Martins of sit-and-Spin Magazine) that I FINISHED MY SET!!! I did my job, and they should do theirs too–They all miss the fact that there is a difference between the back-of-the-room-chatter that is simply annoying,–and the operatic drunken blather, or the heckling that is really just INTERRUPTING that makes it impossible for us to do our jobs. I hope your readers are already hip to the fact that they are consistently lied to… no apologies. -Fiona.
Here is ?uestlove’s two cents on the whole situation when he posted about it on Okayplayer:
there’s a portion of my book that deals with the struggle of embracing “bad” music that’s effective vs “good” music that’s boring. this can also be applied to being an “artiste” vs being a celebrity. celebrity is basking in the cult of personality. its when your life surpasses your art. true artists create without monetary motivation and pretty much move on their own time. yet i dont find fault with either side–everyone needs a hero. everyone needs creative people to marvel at too. i often find myself in the dead center of this struggle. i got true “artist” pals that frankly are f****ps, i know marginally “gifted” people that are geniuses in using their limited resources to maximize their power….and honestly? i’m fascinated. but on the other side i’ve seen gifted geniuses make lightening in a bottle an effortless marvel and i’ve scratched my heads figuring out how so and so ascended so fast to their success. sometimes when the two are mixed (put an “artist” in front of a celeb crazy environment and well?………
this week i saw two colleagues dance with the devil with less than desirable results. one of them (Fiona–who is gun-shy at social media-ing) emailed and requested i release her statement concerning her so called “meltdown” last week
Let this be a lesson to you. Do not disturb Fiona Apple while she performs live.