Last night was the first night of Amy Winehouse's UK tour at the NIA in Birmingham. So, how did it go?
Stephen Dalton, in The Times, reported the show was alright, but misfired:
However, The Sun's unnamed reviewer suggests the audience felt it was more than "a little flat":
The star appeared drunk and turned her gig into a crazed tribute to hubby BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL, which had fans booing and walking out.
Hundreds left Birmingham’s NIA on the first night of her 17-date UK tour.
Now, we know when the Sun reports 'hundreds' walking out, it usually means a few, but the boos appear to have been genuine, as Amy, erm, threatened the people who expressed their disapproval:
She said: “Let me tell you something. First of all, if you’re booing you’re a mug for buying a ticket.
“Second to all the people booing — just wait till my husband gets out.”
That's the best thing you can possibly say about a bloke who's soon to go on trial accused of beating the crap out of someone, we'd imagine.
And what of the stage outfit? Stephen Dalton in The Times was impressed:
The Sun, however, suggested someone should have told her she wasn't going out dressed like that:
Apparently, she trumped off stage before the gig was even properly finished as well - perhaps she went to join the small throng demanding their money back:
He said: “She came on stage half an hour late. She managed four songs but was slurring her words and swaying all over the place.
“She fell into the guitar stand and dropped the microphone — it was atrocious."
You could argue, though, that if you've bought a ticket to a Winehouse gig in the last six months or so, you do so on the understanding that you're not really to expect her to turn up, never mind stand up.
On the BBC News site, monkfish-faced jazz criminal Jamie Cullum pops up to offer his 'support' for Amy's professionalism:
Which is an optimistic viewpoint, but even that pales into the official response from the Winehouse camp to the wobbly show, which attempts to spin the thing:
“She broke down on stage a couple of times with real tears. That real emotion is why people love her, but it’s just really heightened at the moment."
Yes, people love being threatened with being beaten up by a thug by the person they've paid money to see. That'd be "heightened emotion", then.