Looped music, a “suicide note”, and trashed equipment “was the show.”
On Friday night, after Death Grips failed to show up to their Lollapalooza aftershow gig at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, fans thrashed what appeared to be the band’s gear and a backdrop containing the text of a suicide note.
Now, it looks like the whole fiasco was a put-on: despite the band’s management repeatedly telling club employees the band “was on their way,” the tour manager eventually admitted that the stage set up and album recording “was the show,” according to the Bottom Lounge’s Erin O’Neal. “It appears to us that despite having a signed contract, they never intended on performing last night and instead wanted to leave a room of disappointed fans.”
Oh, and the drum set that fans destroyed? It was a child’s learning set — not one belonging to Zach Hill. According to Vanyaland (via Consequence of Sound), a similar stunt was planned for the band’s Boston gig before promoters pulled the plug. Apparently, Death Grips aren’t just content pissing off their record label — they’ve also got no love for their fanbase.