Posted in music on September 28, 2010

MGMT at All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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"Rockers MGMT have become the latest act to end a gig early because of a missile attack - drummer Will Berman stormed offstage at the band's Manchester, England show on Sunday night, September 26 after he was hit in the torso by a glass of urine.

The group were midway through hit song "The Handshake" towards the end of its set at the Manchester Apollo when the incident happened, prompting angry Berman to stop drumming and walk off. Even his bandmates were unaware of what had happened. They had to ask fans, "Where's Will gone?" The group was forced to end their show without a drummer. They did not return for an encore. -[Aceshowbiz]

As Pitchfork reports, the story, though posted on Ace Showbiz as true, might as well be considered an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but it's a nice rumor to have around, and hot on the heels of the Kings of Leon pigeon and Axl Rose bottles show-ending incidents, so why not. MGMT dummer storms off stage after being hit by piss (maybe). And it was Dan Deacon who threw it at him (maybe).

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Tags: Dan Deacon, MGMT, piss

Comments (44)

slow news day hehe

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:07 PM

what a pisser

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:10 PM

i feel like pitchfork got the scoop for their story from hipster runoff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:11 PM

GOLDEN SHOWER O' HITS

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:12 PM

first poop on Kings of Leon, now piss on MGMT, the stars are aligning. Now, all we need is a lightning to hit MIA and we're all good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:18 PM

If you read the whole Pitchfork story, they're getting pissed on by their label too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:18 PM

Posted @ 4:20.

Posted by yay | September 28, 2010 4:20 PM

im starting a KICKSTARTER project to get a bunch of pigs blood for MIA's brooklyn bowl show...lemme know if interested

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:23 PM

No way it was Dan Deacon, he's more likely to drink a glass of piss than he is to throw it

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:23 PM

perhaps it was not piss, but a jar of hummus that had run thin because of lack of quality tahini

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:31 PM

This band sucks. If only it had hit one of the turds responsible for this dross.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:35 PM

mgmt, kol, mia- all a bunch of shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:37 PM

That drummer looks like a faggot. Probably deserved it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:39 PM

yeah really, never heard a band say, "basically, our next album is gonna really suck"

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:40 PM

Congratulations

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:46 PM

If we could only read about the miserable lives of BV commenters, that would be so much more entertaining.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:49 PM

Is that man the lost child of "Weird" Al Yankovic?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:52 PM

You are not Rock-n-Roll if you cant take a little piss to the face. Ask G.G. Allen! Sick of these primped "rock stars" being divas.

Posted by Radical | September 28, 2010 4:52 PM

"They had to ask fans, 'Where's Will gone?'"

It's always funny when British people paraphrase Americans.

"OI! WHERE'S WILL THEN? I RECKON WE'RE PISSED FOR THE NIGHT."

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 4:59 PM

MGMT is at 13 minutes and counting, how long with the coattails last after one good album? casinos in 3 years?

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:05 PM

Message from Andrew VanWyngarden:

What's up dude!?

All accounts of this alleged piss-throwing/shirt-piss-catching incident as well as the "label not giving them as much freedom" are false and maliciously embellished, as an indirect result of the Malicious British Journalistic Freedom Act (1666) which entitles gobshot writers for shitty British tabloids to make up whatever the fuck they want about whomever they choose (citation needed).

Although we're sure everyone's life could go on just fine without an "official clarification" of something that happened to that band MGMT somewhere in England, things have gotten to a point where we feel obligated to defend our selves and tell people the real story: witches, this: At the start of "Kids", MGMT's most popular song to date and the second-to-last song in the set, a celebratory cup of hearty Manchester ale, NOT URINE, was hurled into the air in the direction of the stage, thereupon landing in the lap of William Berman, the current world's best drummer. As we understand, thrown cups of beer are a sign of affection over here, whereas thrown bottles of urine mean the opposite. So, thank you Manchester for your affection.

Will Berman then left the stage to dry off and the band **finished the set without him, a nice non-percussive version of MGMT's current smash single "Congratulations." EVERYONE then returned for a steamy full band encore of "Future Reflections" and "Brian Eno", the latter of which induced a moist circular moshing type pit in the center of the floor. Johnny Marr was in attendance, the Dum Dum Girls sounded great, plenty of clotted cream and fresh berries in catering, Liverpudlian youths with dandy style, and no one got hurt. All in all it was a great show, and, on a scale of one to ten counting by tenths, I would give it a strong 7.1.

As for the whole label-not-giving-them-artistic-freedom thing, we aren't even close to starting the process of making a new album, label-relations are currently quite friendly, we are very proud of "Congratulations" and the new videos, looking forward to making more music on Columbia, and the (mostly sold out) world tour has been going splendidly THANKS FOR ASKING. Don't believe everything that you read (even on Pitchfork.com).
taking the piss=bad idea in interviews,

kittens,
MGMT

big upsSPECTRUM,TAMEIMPALA,VIOLENS,DASRACIST,DEERHUNTER

**MGMT realizes its slow wit in not playing "Someone's Missing" when Will left the stage. IT APOLOGIZES.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:07 PM

PITCHFORK IS NEVER WRONG!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:15 PM

dude from mgmt just owned all the haters on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:21 PM

"and the (mostly sold out) world tour has been going splendidly THANKS FOR ASKING."

Well.....

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:28 PM

Should be proud of Congratulations, it's an awesome record. Hey Andrew, we're from Queens and my wife and I are going to be in Paris next week, can you score us a couple of tickets for Oct 9? :-) They're going for over 100 Euros apiece! ckck94@yahoo.com (Figured it's worth a shot! :-)

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:32 PM

sign with the majors, get hit with piss

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:40 PM

MGMT-LOL

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 5:51 PM

"dude from mgmt just owned all the haters on this site."

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 6:29 PM

They had berries and cream for catering?
I thought MGMT were hummus heads!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 6:54 PM

5:32 =tool

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 8:46 PM

mgmt one hit ..over

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 11:12 PM

5:32 = well I had sex with your wife!

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 11:25 PM

too bad they are still a terrible live act

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 12:14 AM

smash hit?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 12:34 AM

if throwing beer is a sign of endearment in England, then why didn't weird al come back to the drum kit, huh andrew fuckgarden?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 2:38 AM

From piss to priss

Posted by Burg | September 29, 2010 9:06 AM

11:25 - My wife is in a coma!

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 9:11 AM

9:11 .. I hope you are kidding

Posted by Burg | September 29, 2010 9:29 AM

2:38 do you read

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 9:32 AM

this band is the soundtrack to pederasts everywhere. ugh. 15 min up yet?

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 10:03 AM

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 10:05 AM

Does anyone really buy that for a second?

Andrew, sweetie, your band sucks. You are pompous, no talent closet cases who bizzarrely pretend to be British and released an album that has definitively defined for the world what is known as 'career suicide' you keep insisting your influenced by all these obscure 60s bands - what fucking group has EVER written music as utterly atrocious and tuneless as 'brian eno'? (aside from Brian eno, heh) and congratulations is a smash hit? Seriously, have you looked at the charts?? Your fifteen minutes are up and each of you and your generic metal band session players deserve to have a jar of piss thrown at them. Nice of your label to throw down a little spin machine post (way to maintain your artistic integrity there) but I don't believe even YOU are so insecure as to monitor the message board of a small band-related webpage to try and clear your name.

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2010 2:50 PM

MANCHESTER, STOP THROWING PISS AT PEOPLE!

I got hit by flying piss when I saw saw Muse at LCCC in Manchester. Not cool.

Posted by Haley | November 2, 2010 10:48 PM

anon at 2:50

well i guess you're in the minority because after 2 years , MGMT is still going strong.
US open 2011 had the BIGGEST crowd when MGMT took the stage. I was there- it was a frenzy so they are STILL culturally relevant. Music bloggers/publications who maligned their sophomore efforts are NOW changing their tune and finally giving MGMT due credit. And most importantly,they have one of the most anticipated albums of 20122/2013 so sorry to burst your bubble but MGMT isn't going anywhere.

Posted by a-non-y-mous | July 9, 2012 11:45 AM

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