How was your weekend? No matter what you did, it probably went better than Amy Winehouse’s.
After taking the stage an hour late at a festival in the Serbian capital, Winehouse stumbled around, fought with her microphone, only occasionally sang her own songs and talked a lot about how much she likes some of her band members more than others.
While the crowd at the show seemed to go along with her for a while, they eventually turned on her, sending boos and heckles in her direction. Naturally, much of it was caught on video:
“Amy Winehouse has canceled appearances in Istanbul and Athens for the coming week,” her publicist told EW in a statement. “Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home. She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do.”
Like most on-stage meltdowns, Winehouse’s starts off vaguely scandalous but ends up just sort of sad at the end. Her recreational exploits were details that added to her legend and her mystique back when she had a hit album (which, by the way, was all the way back in 2006), but since she hasn’t released any new music since Back to Black, those exploits are now the only thing that brings her fame.
It’s strange to think that she was well enough to even book a tour (though it’s quite possible that because of her lack of recent musical output and her legal and rehab bills, she might need the paycheck). And a bummer to realize that at only 27, she has reached a point in her career where she is mostly famous for being a mess.
We wish her the best for her personal recovery; though there are still remnants of that voice that seduced the world buried beneath the trouble, Winehouse needs to focus on her health first and worry about the stage later.