Australia has been known in recent years to have some pretty tough-to-please crowds. Concert-goers Down Under complained loudly a few years back over Britney Spears’ penchant for lip-syncing at her “live” gigs, while Whitney Houston got a thumbs-down by audiences after her “car-crash performance” in Brisbane in 2010. The latest American star to offend the ears of Aussies: Eminem.
The “Lighters” rapper staged two shows at the Sydney Football Stadium over the weekend, but not everyone who paid for a ticket was pleased with the sound — or lack thereof.
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reports the following:
“The official Facebook page for tour promoter Paul Dainty – who is responsible for bringing such large scale local tours as Britney Spears, George Michael and Bon Jovi to Oz – was inundated with disgruntled feedback, with some punters threatening to contact the NSW Department of Fair Trading.”
Many wrote on Facebook that they couldn’t hear anything. One Eminem fan told the paper that people in the audience began to chant “turn it up”, but the message got lost in translation by the time it reached the Grammy-winning rapper.
“It got so loud Eminem even heard it, but he must have thought they were yelling ‘take it off’ because he started pulling his shirt up,” the source told the Telegraph. (What, seeing a bare-chested Em wasn’t enough to make up for the poor sound? Tough crowd!)
The latest Facebook update from the Dainty Group directs followers to a blog where photos from the gigs can be viewed. But attendee Marc Avery seemed to sum up some of the ticket-buying public’s frustration when he typed out the following comment: “anyone have a recording of the show, I was there and yet I still havn’t heard it. REFUND YO!”
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