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Death Grips' no-show, suicide note, smashed equipment just a stunt

07 August 2013, 05:09 | Written by Ryan Thomas

Over the weekend it was reported that Death Grips ‘decided not to show up’ in Chicago for their Lollapalooza spot and Bottom Lounge after-show. The result was a smashed drum kit, an air of confusion, and what appeared to be a suicide note projected on the stage’s backdrop. Now it appears every bit of this was just part of some kind of tasteless ruse.

With venue staff left in the dark right up to showtime, Bottom Lounge market director Erin O’Neil said in an interview with DNAinfo Chicago, “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.”

O’Neil said that the band’s tour manager, who helped propel the lie, ultimately admitted that the phony note, smashed kit, and album playing on loop overhead ‘was the show.’

The smashed drum kit, as it turns out, was just a toy practice set and not actually the property of drummer Zach Hill. The stunt was also apparently scheduled for a repeat showing in Boston.

So while the alleged note would’ve been an understandable reason for a band to pull out of a show last minute, with all the carried implications and so forth, doing so as a sort of gag only begs that these guys don’t get booked by any serious venues any time soon.

[via Fact]

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