After turning up late and stumbling about the stage of the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, the trouble-prone British soul singer Amy Winehouse, 24, listened to boos, heard jeers and saw members of the audience walking out on Wednesday night, Agence France-Presse reported. “Let me tell you something,” she said as she began a 17-date British tour. “First of all, if you’re booing, you’re a mug for buying a ticket. Second, to all those booing, just wait till my husband gets out of incarceration — and I mean that.” The reference was to her spouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, who is being held in Pentonville Prison in London, accused of perverting justice and assaulting the landlord of a pub. The concert’s closing number, “Valerie,” ended when Ms. Winehouse stopping singing, dropped the microphone and walked off the stage. Andy Coleman, the music critic of The Birmingham Mail, said the concert was “one of the saddest nights of my life.”
“I saw a supremely talented artist reduced to tears,” he continued, “stumbling around the stage and, unforgivably, swearing at the audience.”
I heard KD Laing on the BBC today saying (I paraphrase) "I wish people would lay off Amy : she made this album where she's just relating her life, she's really living it - the people complain when things go wrong and she turns up drunk. What do they expect. If she didn't do that we wouldn't have got that unforgettable album."
And she's right.