Last Friday, Death Grips failed to show up at their Lollapalooza after party, which led to the cancellation of their gigs at Lolla and Osheaga. Disappointed fans waited around at the venue, and once they realized that the band wasn’t just late, they trashed the band’s gear and backdrop that contained what looked like a suicide note (and I mean, can anyone blame them?).
As it turns out, the band skipping out on the set was completely intentional—as in, yes, it’s been now revealed that whatever happened that night was the show, despite the fact that the band’s management had told the club that Death Grips was “on their way.” The venue is obviously not pleased. Says Erin O’Neal of Chicago’s Bottom Lounge: “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.” Is this all that surprising? They are, after all, the same ones who decided to leak their album, despite their contract with Epic Records.