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 wouldnt 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 tooThey 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:
theres a portion of my book that deals with the struggle of embracing bad music thats effective vs good music thats 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 sideeveryone 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? im fascinated. but on the other side ive seen gifted geniuses make lightening in a bottle an effortless marvel and ive 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 (Fionawho 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 OShaughnessy
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