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- Posted on Apr 22nd 2010 10:25AM by Luke Slater
A message to punters on his website reads, "Rufus has asked us to pass on this message to everyone attending his shows on the tour. The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage."
The statement finishes, "His exit is part of the piece. After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart's content."
The singer-songwriter is currently on the UK and Ireland leg of the tour, which finishes at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on April 29. Wainwright then returns to the UK for a celebration of his late mother Kate McGarrigle at London's Southbank Centre on June 12, as part of the Meltdown festival, this year curated by Richard Thompson. He then plays dates at London's Kenwood House on July 3, and at the Brighton Centre on July 4.
It's certainly an unusual request to those who might usually show their appreciation audibly, though the flamboyant North American isn't the first musician to indulge in such a strange practice.
Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt famously asks gig-goers not to applaud in a conventional way, but to instead show their gratitude by clicking their fingers. This is because of a medical condition that he suffers from, known as hyperacusis, which amplifies any loud sound into deafening white noise in his left ear. You can imagine the sort of pain a rapturous reception might induce. Ouch.