Was the cool floating glass box stage Kanye West and Kid Cudi used at a recent festival appearance a rip-off? Lorde seems to think so. And the New Zealand Pop singer appears to have a good case. The two MCs made their live debut as Kids See Ghosts at Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival last weekend and earned praise for their set, which was enhanced by being performed in a large see-through box that hovered above the stage. If it looked familiar, that could be because Lorde used an almost identical box on 2017 tour dates supporting her album Melodrama. “I’m proud of the work that I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves,” she wrote in an Instagram story, where she also posted a few photos for side-by-side comparison. “But don’t steal — not from women or anyone else — not in 2018 or ever.” Kanye will probably just wait to respond on his much-anticipated new album, Purer Heroine. (A stage designer who worked with both artists said, "I admire both and see no imitation at work here." Which is a weird thing to say.)
WARM: Faking the Band
L.A. band Threatin is finally getting some of the widespread attention they apparently faked in order to book an extensive European and U.K. tour. According to a metalsucks.net exposé, the Metal group’s leader Jered Threatin booked the tour based on faked live footage (showing huge, enthusiastic crowds) and many other lies. Threatin’s fabrications began to unravel on Nov. 1, when a London venue posted that, although the group said it sold 291 tickets, only three people showed up to the concert. By Nov. 11, after more low-attendance gigs and more apparent lies were revealed, the hired band members quit, shows were canceled and the lifespan of Threatin appeared to reach its end (until the inevitable movie script surfaces). The story continues to develop: follow along at Metal Sucks for the latest twists and turns.
COLD: Freak Show
R. Kelly’s recent concert in Tampa, Fla. was apparently quite the event. Though preceded by attempts to have it canceled by students at the University of South Florida over Kelly’s history of sexual misconduct, no protesters showed up, but things did get weird and unruly. The Tampa Bay Times report on the concert said Kelly started the show by telling the crowd that if anyone was easily offended, they should leave because, the singer said, “it's about to get freakier than a mother.” Over the next 70 minutes, Kelly reportedly paused the show frequently to work out sound issues, let women near the front of the stage grab his crotch and took one fan’s phone, rubbed it on his dick and gave it back to her. At the end of the show, Kelly climbed into the audience, some sort of skirmish erupted and he lost a shoe. After storming off the stage, he returned briefly, but, as the Times review noted, he didn’t play “I Believe I Can Fly.”