Fiona Apple responds to Tokyo “meltdown,” hits back at media coverage


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Last Friday it was reported that Fiona Apple, frustrated by excessive audience chatter, stormed off stage at a Louis Vuitton event in Tokyo. Apple has now released her side of the story, in a statement sent to The Roots’ Questlove and posted on Okayplayer. She was especially harsh on the media for how they chose to cover the story:

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.

Questlove also shared his 2-cents on the situation with Okayplayer, writing:

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

Hopefully audiences are a little more considerate when Apple returns to the road in October, joining Blake Mills for “Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple & Blake Mills”. Those dates are below.

“Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple & Blake Mills” Tour:
10/03 – Portland, OR @ Newmark Theatre
10/04 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
10/08 – Berkley, CA @ Zellerbach Hall
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Boettcher Concert Hall
10/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The O’Shaughnessy
10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Bank of America Theatre
10/17 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
10/22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
10/23 – Boston, MA @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
10/25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/26 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre