Who are you and why are you looking at me?
As previously reported, Patrick Wolf is playing Virgin Megastore in NYC, opening for Amy Winehouse on a few dates, and no longer works with his fuct up drummer. If you've been reading the Internet the past few days, you may also already know that Patrick left an emotional message in his own message board declaring that he is quitting music. He references the incident that went on with his drummer right here at Misshapes in NYC.
.....because my drummer was causing arguments within my road family, taking sedative drugs before an important show in a city i really love, so much so he could not play the music I wrote, the songs that I have survived on in the last six years... because I had to slap him to see if he was even CONSCIOUS on stage.... the fact that the only thing that got any reaction out his corpse happened to be made of metal.. because all of this.. does this make me seem like I was on cocaine, or on some power trip? I was pissed off because this was just one more musician or businessman taking my good nature and generosity for a ride... trust me, that moment onstage was the end of a long line of bad behaviour that it would unfair to go into in public. Yes I was drunk, but It was one oclock in the morning after seven hours of interviews.....I was there that night, took a bunch of pictures (like the one above), and am now finally posting them all (in this post).
Will Patrick every play again? Who knows. Tickets are on sale for a May 9th show at Bowery Ballroom. It's the day after Patrick plays with Amy at the Highline.
Patrick's entire letter, the rest of the pictures, the full story, and all tour dates, below.....
I should never have read this.. I really shouldn't.
I dont think when I was 16 and dreamt of releasing records there would ever
be so much crazy speculation about the person I am and that you want me to be.
I have become so tired of this behaviour, sometimes I wake up and have to do six hours
of interviews before doing a show, then go straight to bed to sleep a couple of hours
to fly to a new country to be cross examined in the same way.. I dont know what is left of
me sometimes, some mornings i dont know how i get on the flight or even open my mouth to sing that night. If I choose after working since the early hours of a day and then pouring my heart out for an hour and a half that I really have nothing left to give.. that I cannot be a fake politician and sign autographs for an hour.. does this make an asshole?
because my drummer was causing arguments within my road family, taking sedative drugs before an important show in a city i really love, so much so he could not play the music I wrote, the songs that I have survived on in the last six years... because I had to slap him to see if he was even CONSCIOUS on stage.... the fact that the only thing that got any reaction out his corpse happened to be made of metal.. because all of this.. does this make me seem like I was on cocaine, or on some power trip? I was pissed off because this was just one more musician or businessman taking my good nature and generosity for a ride... trust me, that moment onstage was the end of a long line of bad behaviour that it would unfair to go into in public. Yes I was drunk, but It was one oclock in the morning after seven hours of interviews.. i had been running on about four hours of sleep a night for about two weeks... such is the joy of promoting a record. Anyway, I was having FUN until that moment. So was the rest of my band until we realised my drummer was taking the piss out of all of us and our hard work. I dont work with liars and I dont work with thieves.
I dont want to have to share this information with you but so many seem so interested...
I have made a decision, my final concert will be this november, a retrospective with an orchestra in London. I am not sure wether there will be anymore public communications after that, Infact I am pretty sure there will be none. Of course, this has nothing to do with my drummer.. but a creative clock is ticking and I have many many projects to be creating with my time left on this earth. I hope to share my last shows with you this year.
I have enjoyed making and performing music for you all, I have enjoyed trying to give a little hope
and inspiration to the world. But I feel, especially when I read all this and I go about my days that I have failed.
Im not seeking sympathy or empathy, god, I have to go find something I love and am inspired by in this world again. Many of you will never know the amount of work and emotion that goes on behind the scenes for me and many of your other favourite artists or musicians and why should you? I wanted to give you disneyland.. I wanted to give you a world at the back of your wardrobe, now im just feel a fool for bothering.
I am in berlin today, i know I should never have read this, I dont know who any of you are, just strangers talking amongst themselves,
and I wish I was stronger minded today, but i have to take enough bullshit from other parts of the world for what I do and who I am without getting it from here.
Im going off for a walk now.. clear my heart and head. Thanks to all you with the intelligence to see past the superficial chaos of the media and the various ridiculous personalities and characters that have been painted around me over the years, the problem is, unfortunately many of you will never get to know the truth, but many will still speculate, and play chinese whispers with interviews and
opinions from the friend of a friend. This is nothing new to me, unfortunately, luckily I have always had a close set of dear friends that will always know me for who I really am, just as I do.
If I can give any advice, is, if anything, just listen to the music, watch the videos, read the lyrics, see the artwork, these are my communications, not others.
still love x patrick
"Where am I??"
My camera failed me when he actually hit him, but here you can see the blood that resulted...
"You'll never see that drummer again!"
"I told you to stay off the stage"
Basically Patrick and band were playing a great show to a great crowd when suddenly I noticed Patrick telling his bandmates to make the drummer play. I looked over and the drummer was literally just nodding out over the drumset. Finally Patrick went up to him and started yelling at him - stuff like "I paid for your VISA. you asshole! You're drunk.". Then, or at the same time, Patrick started smashing the drums into his face and hitting him. The drummer probably couldn't even feel it. Security took the drummer off stage. Patrick apologized and continued the show.
A few songs later the drummer, with blood all over him, came back on stage to try and play again. Patrick demanded he leave, and swore that drummer would never play with him again.
Rumors were circulating that the drummer had been shooting up in the basement, and blood was still dripping from his arm. I'm not sure that's true, but it did look like he was on heroin. The blood came from the drums smashing into his face I think.
I saw Patrick's 'people' put the drummer in a cab at the end of the night - he could still barely stand. They told the cab driver what hotel to drop him off at (I was a little worried how that was going to end up).
Fun show all around.
Patrick Wolf - 2007 Tour Dates
Apr 25 - Ampere Munich
Apr 26 - Bad Bonn Düdingen
Apr 27 - Donau Festival Donau
Apr 30 - Virgin Megastore New York City, New York
May 2 - Varsity Theatre - * Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 3 - Vic Theater - * Chicago, Idaho
May 5 - Electric Factory - * Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 7 - Avalon Ballroom - * Boston, Massachusetts
May 8 - Highline Ballroom - * New York City, New York
May 9 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
May 12 - Mod Club - * Toronto, Ontario
May 13 - Mod Club - * Toronto, Ontario
Jun 23 - Glastonbury Festival (John Peel Stage) Glastonbury
Jun 30 - Hove Festival (nr Kristiansand)
Jul 13 - Latitude Festival Suffolk
Jul 14 - Arvika Arvika Festival (Apollo Stage) Arvika Arvika Festival
Jul 17 - Somerset House - (Supporting MIKA) LONDON
Jul 21 - Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park London
Aug 4 - Zambujeira de Mar Sudoeste Festival Zambujeira de Mar Sudoeste
Aug 5 - Electric Gardens Festival Kent
Aug 10 - Underage Festival, Victoria Park London
Aug 17 - Hasselt Pukkelpop (Club Stage) Hasselt
Aug 24 - Carling Weekend (Carling Stage) Reading
Aug 25 - Carling Weekend (Carling stage) Leeds
Aug 26 - Rock en Seine Paris
Sep 2 - Connect Festival Argyll
* w/ Amy Winehouse
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