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Fiona Apple Heckled During Portland Concert

Audience Member Targeted Artist's Health

Oct 04, 2013
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Back in August while performing a Louis Vuitton party in Tokyo, Fiona Apple walked offstage when the crowd refused to stop talking during her set, at one point climbing on top of her piano to get her point across. Currently touring alongside singer/songwriter Blake Mills, performing new original compositions alongside selections from her most recent album The Idler Wheel..., Apple was once again confronted with an unruly audience when a woman in the balcony yelled "Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years."

According to reporter Dave Greenwald of The Oregonian, who was in attendance, "Apple, sitting at the piano, turned distraught. 'I am healthy,' she said, and stood up to face the audience. 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.'"

At point Apple said "I’m not going to convince someone I’m healthy." Apple and Mills are set to continue their tour tonight in Seattle.

"Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple & Blake Mills" Tour:
10/04 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
10/08 – Berkley, CA @ Zellerbach Hall
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Boettcher Concert Hall
10/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ The O’Shaughnessy
10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Bank of America Theatre
10/17 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
10/22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
10/23 – Boston, MA @ Emerson Colonial Theatre
10/25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/26 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre

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S. Parsons
October 4th 2013
2:47pm

I was at the.concert last night and while I would.never have called out like several others in the audience did; I must admit to worrying.about Ms Apple’s emaciated appearance and stage behaviour.

As a performer she was in fabulous voice form. However, after several losses of talented artists, Amy Winehouse included, I understood where the comment about getting healthy came from=

Perhaps it’s a generational thing but a number of audience members around our age whispered about health concerns and were shocked to hear the curses and vitriol Apple.and the audience hurled.at.the woman.

Bottom line? This was our first and last Fiona Apple concert. We will still listen to her music with a new sadness having come from seeing her perform.

Also, if you are.making mention of.the “health” comment, you should publish.a current picture of.Ms. Apple in her concentration camp like appearance rather than a photo taken years ago when there does.not appear any reason for the health comments.

Sam
October 4th 2013
3:41pm

I don’t think it’s right to heckle a performer like this, maybe she is unwell but it’s not going to help her by shouting at her about it. Don’t forget touring can take it’s toll on anyone.

What a shame that so many gobgshites managed to buy tickets to the show.

A lot of Americans seem to be unable to keep their gobs shut when an artist is trying to perform. I recall Justin Curry had problems at a concert in 2009; a couple sat near the front chose that time to air their issues vocally at the tops of their voices and continued to do so throughout the entire performance despite icy glares from Justin - they should have been thrown out.

You people need to learn some manners.

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David
June 22nd 2014
5:35pm

S. Parsons is a cunt.

“I would.never have called out like several others in the audience did; “

No, you would just call her appearance “concentration camp”-like behind a computer monitor. You edgy fuck.

“We will still listen to her music with a new sadness having come from seeing her perform.”

Blech! Suck a dick, you pretentious cocksucker.

David
June 22nd 2014
5:40pm

Hecklers have been and always will be shit. No excuses.