Death Grips Cancel Lollapalooza

Death Grips have bailed on Lollapalooza 2013. Last night, the band never showed up to the official aftershow they were set to play at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. When the band never played, fans apparently destroyed all of Death Grips’ equipment, according to what a bunch of folks have posted on Reddit and Twitter. Amongst the various objects destroyed was a drum kit that probably belonged to Zach Hill. Also according to Reddit, while the venue was waiting for the band to arrive, they displayed a screenshot of a Gmail message of a suicide note that may have been from a Death Grips fan. A transcription of the letter via Reddit is below.

SUBJECT: ready DATE: July 9

I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.

I will be watching.

-AJJ

A rep from the Bottom Lounge wrote on Facebook:

We just wanted to let everyone know that tickets for last night’s Death Grips show are in the process of being refunded and everyone that bought tickets will have their money back shortly. We also would like to thank everyone at the show last night for being so incredibly cool about the situation. Despite being very disappointed, everyone at the show was respectful and we just wanted to let you know, that we appreciate your understanding as we were as surprised as you were. Thank You, Bottom Lounge.

Today, Death Grips were no longer listed on the Lollapalooza official schedule, and a representative from the fest said the band “chose not to arrive in Chicago.” Watch some videos from the Bottom Lounge below.

UPDATE: Osheaga, Boston, and New York shows have been cancelled too.

Comments (12)
  1. Death Grips is missing! How can we go on at a time like this?!

  2. No Death Grips?!

  3. As much as I like Death Grips, they need to be careful with their “acts of anarchy.” I’m hoping that their no-show was for some valid reason (I know that Zach Hill was working with Matt Cameron of Soundgarden/Pearl Jam) and not to make a “fuck you to whoever” statement. I think that they have a real promising future ahead of them but antics like this can potentially hurt them if they are looking to strengthen their fan base.

    • I like them too and totally agree with your spot on comment. The other thing that most people here didn’t mention is the over the top and very repellent suicide note at the beginning of the set that never was. Really poor taste and worse judgment.

  4. Yeah, it’s really hard to root for these guys when they do dickhole stuff like this.

  5. They owe their fans an explanation. It’s never rebellious to fuck people over who are willing to spend their money on you. That’s just being a total fucking douchebag. Death Grips might make interesting music, but their publicity stunts make it hard to view them as anything other than a novelty.

  6. As a long time Zach Hill fan considering everything other then the music I feel most of what I’ve seen from him since death grips has made me less and less excited about him as a person. As a disclaimer not knowing him, this could be entirely too presumptuous but it feels like getting this more serious commercial recognition has really shafted fans quite a bit. Then again I’m still probably a little too butt hurt over all the dates they cancelled/ didn’t reschedule pre-moneystore.

  7. Death Grips going HAM. Unfortunate though.

  8. Man, that LA coke…

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