Helen Boast, Redferns Badly Drawn Boy main man Damon Gough had a bit of a nervous…
- Posted on Dec 21st 2010 4:30PM by Brian Voerding
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"I can start by saying that 'there is no one more upset by this situation than myself,'" he said in a note posted Tuesday afternoon to his official Facebook page. "As an artist you only want to do the job to the best of your ability ... When that is compromised there is a tendency to get frustrated."
When Gough performed at the Troubador Dec. 16, he was apparently dealing with sound problems and voiced his frustration on the mic. After a fan called out "Just go home, then," Gough launched into a profanity-laced tirade where he yelled at a few hecklers, tried to start a fight, suggested that he hated touring and thanked the listeners who weren't actively shouting back at him. After his outburst, Gough left the stage for several minutes but eventually returned to finish the set.
Predictably, at least one video of the whole event was quickly posted online, leading to a cascade of both support and backlash for the England-based singer-songwriter.
In his note, Gough offered no forgiveness to the hecklers. "I don't feel I owe an apology to those who heckled but I want to profusely apologize to those caught in the crossfire, especially a guy who had to leave with his young daughter and all of you who stuck by me to help turn things around," he said.
Gough also never offered a clear reason for the outburst, saying only things like "Considering what I was going through, this was too much to bear" and "I am sorry that it ended this way."
The show was the last of Gough's three-week tour.