Amy Winehouse booed at concert for bizarre behavior including removing her shoe, slurring, forgetting lyrics
(SPOT.ph) Singer Amy Winehouse, who has publicly struggled with drug and alcohol issues for years, was jeered by dismayed fans last Saturday, June 18, during her concert in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, reports Yahoo News.
According to the report, after arriving an hour late, Winehouse seemed confused on stage and stumbled around during her performance; her slurred singing made her songs unrecognizable. Some of her other erratic antics included: bending down to take one of her shoes off; hugging herself on stage; dropping the microphone; disappearing during the performance every so often, leaving her band playing; and at one point, even asking one of her backup singers to take over.
Fans described her performance as a "disaster" and a "scandal." According to UK’s Daily Mail, Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac wrote on his Facebook page, "Amy's concert was a shame and a huge disappointment." Serbian tabloid, Blic Daily, dubbed it "the worst (concert) in the history of Belgrade." According to Daily Mail, fans were especially upset at the botched performance since the concert was a pricey £35 a ticket-steep for a country where the average salary is £274 a month.
Winehouse's management banned alcohol from every room on the floor of the Hyatt hotel she was staying at in Belgrade, reports Daily Mail, in an attempt to keep her sober during the performance. They are trying to find out what made her seem intoxicated, warning that they might seek compensation if it turned out to be someone who agreed to keep alcohol away from the star. Winehouse, meanwhile, has turned down payment for the concert.
The Serbian concert was supposed to start Winehouse's 12-date European tour but the award-winning singer decided to cancel appearance in Istanbul on Tuesday and Athens on Wednesday. Her next performance will be on July 8 in Bilbao, Spain. "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," stated a release issued by her representatives.
A fan-posted YouTube video of Amy Winehouse’s concert on June 18.