English singer Amy Winehouse has cut short her European tour after a disastrous opening night in Belgrade. Footage of the performance posted on youtube shows the audience doing most of the singing, as Winehouse struggled to keep her balance and mumbled incoherently into the microphone. She struggled to even sing, and at one point disappeared, leaving the band to play alone. She was eventually booed off stage as the audience’s anger grew.
Serbian media and fans are outraged over her shambolic performance, calling it a “scandal” and the singer a “junkie”. One fan spoke out in sympathy, saying “it was (a) sad thing to watch. Shame on her management, to allow her on stage in that state. She’s not to blame- she needs help”.
Winehouse has notoriously been struggling with substance abuse problems since her rise to fame in 2006, with her Grammy Award-winning album “Back to Black”. Her promising career has been under constant strain from her drug and alcohol issues, and her chaotic lifestyle has been all over the tabloids in recent years.
After the Belgrade blunder, Winehouse’s management said: “Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfil these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home. She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do.”
Upcoming concert dates in Istanbul and Athens have reportedly been cancelled, with the next scheduled show to be July 8 in Bilbao.
Performing under the influence: Amy Winehouse cancels tour dates