The sun rose, oil continued to spill in the gulf and Courtney Love had a break down on stage. If Consequence of Sound reported every Courtney Love meltdown, she’d be our most covered artist, but when The Washington Post uses phrases like “10 times more disastrous” than a typical Love meltdown and “epic train wreck,” we pay attention.
Love showed up an hour late for her 9:30 p.m. scheduled start time Sunday night and put together a guide for what not to do on stage. She took 10 minute breaks between songs, stripped her clothes off, forgot lyrics, repeated songs, had an assistant stand on stage to record her with an iPhone and went on racist tirades. Rolling Stone reports she had the following outburst:
Do you really like rock music?” Love asked one young woman earnestly during the show. “Because you’re African American. That would be like me being into Lil Wayne.”
According to the Washington Post review, a number of fans yelled “Bullshit” and the club went from 3/4 full to 1/4 full despite the $45 ticket cost. Of course, for those who left early, you missed the chance to see something special. Having been at the Sly and the Family Stone show at Coachella, (where Sly had a similar meltdown and couldn’t make it through one song) I can say it was the most memorable show of the festival. The worst, but by far the most memorable, moment of an incredible weekend. It’s rare to see a musician have a complete meltdown on stage. Even if it is a perennial train wreck like Courtney Love.
Enjoy this fan captured video below: