Lil Wayne Pulls W. Axl Rose at Show with Blink-182
Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but walking off stage four songs in because you’re ‘so not used to performing to a crowd and there’s not too many, you know, like still, that’s not my swag,’ isn’y very cool either
As Metallica was forced to cut its set short due to a pyro malfunction resulting in frontman James Hetfield being RUSHED to the hospital, the pressure on GNR was hot (!), but they could not handle it: they made the crowd wait two hours before getting onstage /> and walking off less than an hour later for ‘audio issues’ (though GNR’s claim is of course a bit different).
The crowd caused over $100,000 in damage to the theater, injured eight cops and sixty concert-goers. GNR had already had a reputation for over-drama, but this took it to the next level. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said amidst the chaos regarding Rose: “it was like watching Caesar sip his wine as the city burned down behind him.”
In present-day, this translates to: don’t walk away before the job is done.
However: if it’s hot out, and you can’t get the propane lever to move… well fuck it.
Unlike GNR, Lil Wayne doesn’t have a history for walking off stage and causing riots when the temperature was already high enough to light the propane even before you tried to turn it off. Along with Kanye West and arguably Drake, Lil’ Wayne was one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the latter half of the 2000s–
And along with Sum 41 and Green Day: Blink-182 was one of the biggest pop-punk acts of the first half.
This was a time when rock music was still marketed to kids as normal (goddamned degenerates those ‘rock-heads’ are). Lil Wayne had Tha’ Carter III released in June of 2008, Blink-182’s Enema of the State in June of 1999. Yes, that’s over ten years, but Enema arguably brought the genre into the mainstream before releasing at least one more classic along with other bands and then continuing that trend, while Tha’ Carter III was one of the best records released after the genre had been kicked off some time before, probably with something by Kanye.
Anyway: Lil Wayne and Blink-182 are now touring together, with Blink playing Enema in full, and Wayne traveling on the success of his recent Tha’ Carter V, a ‘sequel’, if you will, to Tha’ Carter III if you couldn’t figure that out (sorry…). Last week, Lil’ Wayne refused to finish his set as the size of the crowd wasn’t to par to what he thought he deserved, though he has since said that he has no plans to leave the tour.
Lesson: don’t walk off stage until your set is done /> unless you’ve been practically burned alive thanks to a legitimately life-threatening pyro accident. If those fans in that crowd (those lazy Millennials!) were anything like those in Montreal back in ‘92, it might seem doubtful that Wayne would even be questioning continuing the tour.
Bad days is bad days…