Fiona Apple is touring again and her show at the Newmark Theater in Portland on Thursday night took an unexpected chaotic and tearful turn according to Oregon Live. Everything was great, the songwriter was playing songs off her last album, ‘The Idler Wheel…’ and old ones, and she sounded quite alright according to the review, as she ‘seemed giddy to be back on stage’, she was joking and her banter was ‘peppered with profanity’,…. when a sentence coming from the audience, just two songs before the end of her set, made her crash like a fallen bird.
A woman shouted ‘Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years’. And you know it is not a sentence Fiona Apple wants to hear during a show, hasn’t she heard enough bad publicity about her health and eating disorder? Hasn’t she heard enough about TMZ and other tabloids telling her how awful she looks these days? She doesn’t need to be reminded one more time. Woman, if you were there, at this show, it’s because you like/love her, so why slamming her in the face so abruptly? You think you were caring when you said this? Admit it, this wasn’t caring at all, this was mean to the core, it was cruelty at its highest level!
Fiona stopped, looked distraught according to the review and said ‘I am healthy’,… and I can just see her melting in front of the audience, whereas the place became chaos:
‘The next few minutes were full of awful madness: Apple visibly emotional and swearing at the heckler, most of the crowd shouting support, but some lodging more insults. “You’re a has-been!” a man shouted from the rafters. That shook her. Mills approached her and spoke into her ear. She called for the house lights to go up and asked for the first heckler to leave. She wanted to walk off stage; for long moments it seemed like the show would end right there, all her stormy power evaporating. But the lights went down and the band did one more, cutting the ballad “I Know” from the set. That would’ve been too much. Apple, in tears, apologized and walked off, calling it ‘a historically stupid night.’
Wow, why are people so stupid? Why are they so cruel? Are some people coming just to see her crash (as she alluded to at the beginning of the show) or to insult her? This is beyond lame and vicious, why do people take pleasure to tear apart the only great artists we have left? I have never seen someone like Fiona Apple, on stage, she is a fragile and vulnerable person giving fierce performances and her songwriting is brilliant, pure and so authentic she makes me cry each time. After all that has been said about her physical appearance, she demonstrates a tremendous courage to show up on stage.
She simply said ‘I’m not going to convince someone I’m healthy’ which I bet sounded like the saddest sentence of the night and a conclusion on the amount of hope that is left for the human species,… but she didn’t lose her sense of humor and called TMZ ‘turd-munching zombies’. People should leave Fiona Apple alone, she may not just be performing in 10 years, not because of her health but because of people like this woman.
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