UPDATE #2: Death Grips have begun to cancel more tour dates. After the festival reported that they “chose not to appear” at Lollapalooza last night, they’ve also canceled a show in Osheaga that was scheduled for tonight and two dates in Boston and New York slated for August 6 and August 7 respectively.
A representative from the Bottom Lounge has finally released a statement about their no show at the after party slot:
“We are still getting bits and pieces of information but we were not aware that Death Grips was not coming until right before we made the announcement. Right now, we just want to thank all the people at the show last night who, despite being terribly disappointed that there would be no Death Grips show, were very understanding. Tickets are in the process of being refunded and people that bought tickets online will see their refunds on their statements shortly.”
No word yet on whether the whole tour will be canceled, and no official statements from the band themselves have been released. They recently updated their Facebook to mention FYF on August 23 though, which indicates this might be their next confirmed appearance.
But will they play? DNA Info reports that the band’s manager, while repeatedly assuring the venue that Death Grips would come, finally announced that the backdrop and the band’s album being played was the show.
“Death Grips’ management repeatedly told Bottom Lounge employees the band “was on their way,’ only to be told by the same tour manager that the stage set up and the Death Grips album being played ‘was the show,'” said Erin O’Neal, the marketing director for 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.”
UPDATE: Lollapalooza has confirmed via Twitter that Death Grips will be replaced by the band Bad Things with Shaun White.
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) August 3, 2013
Death Grips, a noise/hip-hop duo of notoriously subversive tactics, were slated to play an official Lollapalooza after party last night at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago and simply did not show up to the event. Reddit has collected remnants that explain the mayhem that broke out when the crowd—who had been waiting for three hours—realized that the group weren’t coming. The stage backdrop was a screenshot of a suicide note sent to the duo, and one Reddit user transcribed the whole text:
SUBJECT: ready DATE: July 9
I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.
I will be watching.
Opener Charlie Glitch tweeted that the group never showed up, and a few other fans tweeted photos of the crowd destroying the group’s equipment. One kid even tweeted a photo of what looks to be a piece of a drum kit (both photos above).
Great set at at bottom lounge but the main act didnt show up! death grips :/ i made new fans but ya’ll probably lost a few k…
— CHARLIE GLITCH (@charlieglitch) August 3, 2013
Below is what looks like a video of the club promoters announcing that Death Grips aren’t coming, a few kids hop onstage but no real violence is captured in on camera. It’s at points like this that the whole rebellious narrative of DG starts to lose water and Zach Hill and Stefan Burnett kind of just look like jerks who don’t care about their fans. Maybe they have more internet encoded puzzles to explain this no show. No word from the band or the venue with more details, although in the first video a man does announce that everyone will get refunds. You can also hear kids speculating that the band did it on purpose as an art performance. Pitchfork reports the group was also scheduled to play Lollapalooza tonight at 8:45 p.m.— but they’re no longer on the official schedule—but no statement has been issued as yet.