“You are now watching the greatest living rockstar on the planet.” – Kanye West
We never thought we’d begin an article by quoting Kanye – flawless musician as he is – but in this case, we can say with absolute affirmation that it had to be done. As it happens, musicians, a lot of them at least, have a tendency to rant. And these rants are not always well-thought or even rational. From John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” remark to Eric Clapton’s racist comments on not wanting England to become a “black colony”, we literally and figuratively cringe as we watch the idol lose respect in front of a million eyes (most of them now staring at their computer screens). So we’ve compiled our very own cringe-worthy list of epochal rants given by musicians at music festivals lately. Sit back and prepare to cringe.
1. When Madonna was slammed by Deadmau5.
Madonna delivered a surprise performance at Ultra Music Festival in 2013, introducing Avicii. During this performance, the pop singer made a poor attempt at crowd interaction – now that we think of it – by saying, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” which led to Deadmau5 ranting on his Facebook about the inappropriateness of this question. It went something like this.
“Very classy there madonna. ’HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???’ such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! F—ing cant smack my head hard enough right now,”
“Seriously, i giveth not a f—ing single F— for slating on madonna for reaching an entirely NEW level of idiocy … i can appreciate her meteoric career, and all good deeds done, but WHAT THE F— WAS THAT? That’s your big contribution to EDM? Thats your big message to ultra attendees? Hipster speak for looking for drugs? F— off you f—ing IDIOT. F—.”
After this epic rant, he went on to explain this outburst in a much longer Tumblr post which reinstated the things he said above, in a slightly more somber manner, but inclusive of all the ‘f’ words nonetheless.
To this, Madonna ever so eloquently responded with, “From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”
2. Watch Smash Mouth bad-mouth bread-throwing fan.
Most of us have a hard time remembering who Smash Mouth is to begin with. To make things easier, Smash Mouth is the 90’s pop/rock band that’s responsible for chart-topping hits as “Walking on the Sun,” “All-Star,” and their cover of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” for the Shrek soundtrack.
They recently headlined the festival, The Taste of Fort Collins, where some fan allegedly threw pieces of bread on stage, during their set. Well, it wasn’t well-received by the band’s frontman Steve Harwell, who then went on a brilliantly profane rant. You can view a clip of this “come up on stage” and “beat the fuck out of you” rant below.
3. That one time Ryan Adams went anti-Deadmau5.
“Try to make this song on your fucking iPhone.”
In true Devil-may-care rockstar fashion, Ryan Adams trashed Deadmau5 (and we’re pretty sure electronic musicians in general) during his set at Governors Ball this year. After the uber-demeaning iPhone remark, he went on to say, “This song is not going to match the robot music over there… It’s like we’re living in a fucking Terminator nightmare!” The rock ‘n’ roll fans at the stage were delighted of course, we suppose rock ‘n’ roll trashing has it’s own splendour.
4. You remember when Tyler the Creator burned Kendall Jenner from the stage?
“We got fucking Kendall Jenner here. Hey Kendall, Kendall, Kendall, I’m over here to your right… fuck you!”
Even though this one was meant as a joke between friends, it’s always fascinating when a celebrity yells “fuck you!” to another celebrity from stage. This went down at Coachella this year, but soon after the festival got over, tyler tweeted to Kendall Jenner saying, “People think I really hate you love hahahah” to which Jenner replied with laughing emoticons, so we’re guessing all’s good in Celebrity Land.
5. Saving the best for the last, behold… Kanye West, a.k.a., The Greatest Living Rockstar.
This, folks, marks one of the most memorable moments in 2015 in terms of music festivals. This has been used to make jokes, garner internet attention, break ice on dates (“Hey, so you heard Kanye call himself the greatest living rockstar at Glastonbury? Haha, that was hilarious, right?”) and even some pretty entertaining mid-night Twitter browse sessions. Click here to see The Sherp’s full coverage on this.
And because we love you, a bonus…
We bring you the Kings of Rants: Some Good Ol’ Gallagher Quotes
Liam and Noel Gallagher, both of whom used to be part of the iconic band Oasis, are known for their crass, brash and flippant thrashing online, offline and mid-performance. Be it fans, foes or fledgling musicians, no one is spared. And this article would feel vastly incomplete without including them in it. So, friends, enjoy.
1. “I would rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle at a garage than listen to an interview with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys.” – Noel Gallagher on Arctic Monkeys
2. “I can’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran sells out Wembley Stadium” – Noel Gallagher on Ed Sheeran
3. This jibe at his own brother.
4. Oh, and this one is a personal favourite of ours. Peace out, folks.