Day 1 of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was not a very good one for singer Cee Lo Green. After showing up very tardy for the start of his performance set, he was heckled by fans and then cut off completely by festival organizers … and then finally was booed off stage altogether. Fans in the audience, very upset with Cee Lo‘s unprofessional tardiness, were reportedly very happy to express their “fuck you”s as Cee Lo left the stage.
Showing up late to your own gig at Coachella only gets you so far. For Cee Lo, it got him nothing but grief. Restlessness and anger quickly spread through the swarm of fans that had convened to see the singer on the main stage Friday afternoon. With the heat pounding the crowd, it wasn’t long before profanity-laced queries of when he’d show started to ring out. And then came the boos. “If we’re coming to your show and you don’t even show I’m like … fuck you!,” a shirtless fan sang to the tune of Cee Lo’s breakout hit. After nearly half an hour, and plenty of walkouts later -– Green arrived. “Sorry guys, I just landed. Y’all still gonna party with me? I only have 20 minutes,” Green said. “It ain’t my fault. They should have … given me a better time slot.” The statement got him nowhere, as people piled out and shot him single-fingered gestures. It was a drastically abbreviated set. He was able to tackle five songs, including hits “Crazy” and his signature tune, which took on a new meaning. “It’s all my fault. Blame me,” and then his sound was cut, leaving the audience -– and a confused band -– to attempt to finish what was thought to be an encore (a cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”). Green exited the stage amid boos, clearly angry, as the band played on — though no one could hear a note.
Because Coachella runs on a tight schedule (to accommodate the large number of performers playing all weekend long), there really isn’t time for much error. While it’s entirely possible that a plane delay is what caused Cee Lo‘s tardiness, the fault really does lie with him. If you have a concert to perform, you make sure you get to the venue early enough not only to start on time but to rehearse and prepare for the show. In the end, you should never piss off a group of music fans who spend lots of money to see a 3-day music festival … in the desert.