Monday, November 19, 2007

Amy Winehouse's European Tour Starts Off Badly

Amy Winehouse was booed and jeered by hundreds of fans after ranting on stage about her husband in jail. The singer stumbled into the venue half an hour late, slurred her words, walked into a guitar stand and dropped her microphone at the opening date of her British tour. She then dedicated a song to her husband Blake Fielder-Civil, drawing more boos and a mass walkout at the NIA in Birmingham. The band had to support Amy as she almost collapsed in tears.

The star appeared to have gone into meltdown after visiting Blake, who is charged with grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, at Pentonville prison in London. Following jeers from the crowd, she ranted: “Let me tell you something. First of all, if you're booing you're a mug for buying a ticket. “Second, to all those booing, just wait 'til my husband gets out of incarceration. And I mean that.” Dressed in a tight black miniskirt and with her see-through top showing off her bra, Amy changed the words of her songs to refer to Fielder-Civil.

During the song "Back To Black", she added the word “Blakey” and at the end of the song she slurred: “ Nothing's going to bring my husband back.” Before singing Wake Up, she said: “This is for my husband.” The shambolic performance, in which she crashed about the stage, ended with the song Valerie. Before she got to the end, Amy stopped singing, dropped the microphone and walked off stage.

Amy only agreed to go on stage after seeing Blake, who is on remand. She was ushered through the back door of the jail and a warden made her run her fingers through her hair and undo her trademark beehive to prove she was not hiding anything. She was turned away from the prison in tears earlier this week after Blake’s mother had already taken the visitor slot.

Amy wept last week when Blake was arrested by police and led away in handcuffs. The couple married in May. The arrest came after a difficult few months for the singer who has received critical acclaim for her album Back To Black. She next plays two nights in Glasgow.


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