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If you thought Patrick Wolf’s S&M-laced “Vulture” video was surprising, sit down before watching this clip of the glamor-puss losing his shit at the C/O Pop Festival in Cologne, Germany. Basically someone turned off his PA before he was ready for the PA to be turned off, so he threw a tantrum (as well as two mic stands, a mic, some spit) in the general direction of the “bitch” working the sound. Hard times. He really ought to take some lessons in calm from Owen Pallett. Or at least lessons in how to throw something without looking completely ridiculous.


(Via P4K)

The Bachelor is out via NYLON in the States, and Patrick’s own Bloody Chamber Music in the UK. He also just announced he’s recording a Christmas single. DUCK!!!

UPDATE: An apology…

A public apology to all involved in the c/o pop shenanigans

I am very sorry that I became too much wolf on stage at C/O Pop. I was singing Shakira’s new song “She Wolf” and I felt my animal instinct to protect my audience. My music is very tribal at the moment, I feel I am protective of all of them. It had been a very long day. I slept well but woke at 4 am to fly to Cologne to start a full day of back to back interviews and photos. My band and crew were setting up onstage and I had no idea of stage times as I do not wear a watch and wasn’t informed that my set was being cut short before I went onstage by the relevant parties. One of the many people milling around backstage told me that the “music industry conference” had gone on too long. Being someone that thinks the audience comes before the industry, in my tired and promo overloaded tour brain, I took this as a demand for justice for the audience. This is why I directed my aggression, which came at the end of a very heated set, not at a man or woman. I was throwing the stool and the microphone at a black hole part of the stage where no one would get hurt but there would be a statement made… The spit did not land on anyone but was in general a display of “I don’t respect you”. As I said, my show is very tribal at the moment as there is a lot of good in the world to be fighting for. The words “bitch” and “motherfucker” really are not misogynistic words when you live near Soho, London, so let’s put that to rest. My tribe will know that I have over the past 10 years been a public champion for feminism, against ignorance and always fighting in the name of the good fight.

The very bad footage you see on YouTube does not explain that the lady to my left is Victoria my long term violinist and good friend who I protect like a sibling and is not the one I am directing my words or aim to when throwing a piano stool. I would rather hit myself then see Victoria hurt by anyone, or any of my band. I’m terribly sorry if anyone was upset by this display of closure on a show, but as a human who works like a dog to keep myself in music during these hard times in the industry, I do have off days and bad moments like every other person in the world – although I am not sorry that I am passionate enough about music to care that my crowd didn’t get their money’s worth due to curfews and mismanagement of stage times. I hope you agree. The display of aggression was directed at nobody in particular, just life and darkness and hard times. I’m sorry if any people got in the way and I hope you can forgive me for causing any damage due to excess negative personal emotion. As you heard or saw, the audience was encoring for almost half an hour. My next album is about hope and romance and love, so I will bring you a bunch of bright red red roses and a box of After Eights next time from a helicopter when I see you all. So, a summary, major miscommunications backstage x lack of sleep due to very busy schedule x singing many songs about battling x an intense education from the extreme parts of London nightlife/wildlife/streetlife as a teenager x Steve Strange going on very late x a full day of cameras flashing and questions x being 26 years old and should have known better = bad wolf

sorry. peace. pace. truce.

Patrick Wolf

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Comments (75)
  1. yo  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    what a loser. i saw dropkick murphys in the same situation at unh and they just kept playing without the PA.

  2. Steve  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    What a douche.

    A fucking douche.

  3. Jamie  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    Hate this asshole.

  4. Anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    you saw the dropkick murphys? oof.

  5. is this guy relevant enough for a backlash?

  6. Ryan  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    Wow. What a looser. Maybe he’s thinking he saw the brilliant move made by the forgettable Wavvves that snatched his career from the jaws of obscurity and, somehow, garnered the sympathies of the indie world…and now he’s a mainstay in the Pitchfork community…all because of a brilliant calculated PR move that has nothing to do with his music.

    Similarly, we see Patrick Wolf, an artist who is now going to be known for anything but his music, but who will surely get a lot more coverage from places like this site from now on. It seems the indie world is learning a great deal from Hollywood celebrities these days as to how to cut through the all the noise and make people remember you. But to me, it seems like a sad sad trend.

    • Adam  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

      Ryan are u the ryan i think u are…

    • I don’t understand the downvotes you are getting. But I have to agree. I hate tabloid publicity. I have a hard time believing this sort of thing was premeditated. I would however think that Patrick has a problem and instead of being mature about it, has just allowed it to become a part of his “character”. Is he edgy? nah.

      If I were that violinist, I would have quit that very night and just walked away. No one should have to hide to keep from being hit by things their boss is throwing. It’s not worth the money.

  7. Chris  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    What a wanker…Who’s worse, this d-bag, or the fans applauding him?

  8. Did he seriously through shit at the female violinist in his band or was that video misleading?
    Seriously?

    • Miserabilia  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      Nah, he’s not throwing shit at his violinist–if you look closely in between the guitarist and violinist, you can see another woman in the background who jumps out of the way when he throws the first mic. Anyhow, I can see why he would be upset but to say he went a little overboard would be an understatement!

  9. tigerkite  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    I’ve been in this situation before, being cut off before the set is done, and it is really annoying. Nevertheless it is usually because cities have a cut off time for loud music, and clubs have to shut down or they get fined, so you really can’t be mad at the people.

  10. LT  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    I hooked up wth Patrick when he came to NYC not too long ago. He was really sweet, funny and even bought me a couple of drinks. He’s very passionate about his work is what I got out of speaking with him so I can see how he’d get so worked up about not being able to perform to the best he could for his audience. He’s a good kisser too.

    • wow  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      wow, i’m sorry, you must be pretty desperate

    • haha  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      if i was “very passionate about my work,” acted “sweet, [and] funny”, “even bought you a couple of drinks,” would you hook up with me? or would i just have to be any indie superstar to make that happen?

      • gummy  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

        really? being sweet and funny and having a cool job that you’re really into isn’t hook-up material? i don’t care if i’m meeting a toothless janitor – if he can charm me with some hilarious stories about cleaning vomit with sawdust, we’re hooking up. keep saving yourself for luke perry haha.

    • der  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      cool, and i just won the lottery. what’s your address, i’ll send you some cash for being a prostitute.

    • shellbomber  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      barf. why can’t i rate comments anymore?

      • rat  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

        it’s a website wide (stereo & videogum) problem. notice they haven’t even updated videogum today. hopefully they’re working on it.

      • You have to sign in to do so. And I just wanted to point out to Stereogum that that is really annoying.

    • Official  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2009 0

      Seriously dude, nobody likes a starfucker. Fuck off with that shit.

    • noobsteese  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2009 0

      are you gay?

  11. mark  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    Are you some kind of whore?

  12. Edie  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    what a silly little girl Pee Wolf is…made me vaguely ashamed to be from the same country…

    My husband works at a club he played at recently here in SF and he behaved like a total ming mong there too apparently

  13. Being “passionate” is no excuse for treating other people like shit. The things people get away with in the name of art and passion and “artistic temperment”, jesus. What a phony.

  14. TD  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    Must’ve taken his throwing-shit lessons from Alice Glass.

  15. How come so many of the gay/bisexual famous/semi-famous people have to be complete drama-queens? Gives the rest of us a bad name…

  16. glazzy  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    ooh he’s fierce.

  17. you guys realise that he already has 4 albums out and is kinda popular in europe, you know.

    • wwwtf  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      yeah, people realize that. which is why they don’t like him. because he had a body of material that sucks. not to mention the absolute shit like in this video.

    • Cerebus  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 0

      No. Because I live in the US and I have, literally, never heard of him (and I listen to an immense amount of music in all genres… other than country, ew!). More to the point, that behavior is completely unacceptable. There is simply no excuse. I mean, what if that woman was your sister, mother or girlfriend?

  18. Seeing Clearly  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    All I can say is, Damn, he throws shit like a sissy!! My bet is that the prima donna took too much time getting his shit on stage at the festival and wasted his set time. Anyone who’s played festivals knows the rules, and he wanted to break them. Fucking Pussy!!

  19. yeah i’m sure this string of wolf-related incidents is all coincidence. this guy can’t be an asshole!

    http://www.chartattack.com/news/73389/is-patrick-wolf-going-insane

  20. Hey haters, Eff you. Wolf is the man. Sure his last cd was not that great, but who cares if throws a few things? Rock Star.

  21. It’s videos like these that make me appreciate the nerd out there who took the time and effort to invent something we all know today as youtube. Thank you guy. Wherever you are.

    • utuberz  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

      oh, you are so very welcome. that’s why we created it. to expose assholes like this guy, or that wavves d00d.

  22. dawg  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    The end of that song before the tantrum? Awful.

  23. lostbikes  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    So he’s an asshole who physically and verbally assaulted this poor woman, he makes god-awful music…what exactly do people like about him?

  24. pob  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    Aww I’m disappointed in Patrick Wolf – I remember seeing this happen to Badly Drawn Boy years ago, a man well known for his twattish behaviour, he just carried on playing and singing and shouting while they packed away the stage around him. And it was great.

  25. Liz  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    I can’t understand: after that performance concert was continued or ended?

  26. thedude  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    nice throw MARY

  27. FrostBiteBoy  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    She really should have come on stage and kicked his pansy ass…

  28. Those easy insults make you all sound stupid.

  29. i prettymuch lost most of my respect for him after The Magic Position was released.

  30. vassup  |   Posted on Aug 15th, 2009 0

    i didn’t know Bruno has his own band too…

  31. Bottle Tosser  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2009 0

    Now that P-Wee has demonstrated the type of behavour he feels is appropriate for one of his shows, don’t forget to bring a good supply of projectiles to his next one.

    You know the old saying,
    Let he who cast the first mic stand, get a bottle in the face in return.

  32. Nothing scarier than a pissed off homosexual…oh, wait, nm.

  33. Anonymous  |   Posted on Aug 16th, 2009 0

    Festivals are under strict time schedules, which is probably why the sound woman was feeling pressure to cut the PA. I Anybody who believes Patrick Wolf is in the right should consider that he is just taking another bands set time, which is fucking selfish. A musician, such as Wolf, should understand that after being a professional touring musician for several years.

    This is the degradation of the music industry.

  34. angelica  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    Number of comments: 52. Number of openly sexist or homophobic comments: 8. Number of challenges: 0 (or 1, kinda). I <3 indie rock.

  35. Tannis  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    Who cares. Just listen to his music. Or don’t. Go comment on a Radiohead post.

  36. gertrudis  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    he throws like a girl! are you gonna cryyyyyyyy??????

  37. Actually, Patrick Wolf as a person is extremely nice. I’ve met him twice in London, and he’s always been really down to earth. Perhaps when he performs he transforms into the true wolf that he is underneath that human persona.

    Rock Star.

  38. i wish he’d spit on me LOL

  39. Cerebus  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    How is that not a criminal act? What a ridiculous f*cktard.

  40. Cerebus  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    1. I had no idea he was a homosexual and couldn’t care less that he is. He’s still a ridiculous f*cktard and I hope charges were brought against him.

    2. “This is the degradation of the music industry” Uhhh, the music industry is cut throat and egomaniacle to the extreme. It always has been. Fighting for stage time and not giving one crap whose time you taking is a tradition. Artists want to be seen, AND be seen as better than the next act. Particularly at mixed bill festivals. So I’d be more than willing to bet that taking up the next acts time never crossed his mind.

  41. Hey Hey JK  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2009 0

    First of all, I actually have no idea who this artist is. Should I bother at this point? I saw the PA get cut off during a Jethro Tull show in 1975 (yeah, I’m old get the fuck over it) during an encore jam of Locomotive Breath and they just yelled out to us that it was time for them to leave and walked off quietly.

  42. The Libertine  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 0

    “…whoever shouts the loudest gets the most attention, so we pass [throw] the mic and they’ve got nothing to say except:

    Bow down, bow down, bow down to your god.

    Then we hit the floor, and make ourselves and idol to bow before.

    Well I can’t, And I won’t bow down, Anymore…
    No more.”

  43. Oh wow…
    that’s fucked up.

  44. hmmm  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2009 0

    wow, childish much?

  45. Ahaha crazy bitch!
    Gotta love “Wind in the Wires” though.

  46. james christian  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2009 0

    Someone should have come on stage and kicked the shit out of this asshole. Can you say spoiled rock star in London?

  47. Perfect timing…
    He was able to throw that stuff exactly 14 minutes and 59 seconds into his time in the spotlight.

  48. Hey he looks like Bruno.

  49. Julia  |   Posted on Aug 14th, 2009 0

    Three times isn’t a “mistake” – it’s stupidity!

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