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Death Grips Feel Fans’ Wrath After Lollapalooza No-Show

After noise-rap band Death Grips were a no-show at two scheduled performances at Lollapalooza over the weekend – possibly because of a suicidal fan – club-goers in attendance trashed the band’s equipment onstage, including a drum set, according to numerous reports.

The band have been mum about their reasons for backing out of their slot Saturday at the Chicago festival and the after-party the previous night. It isn’t immediately known who posted what appeared to be a suicide note addressed to the band on the backdrop of the stage. Dated July 9 with “SUBJECT: ready” and signed by “AJJ,” the writer largely praised the band, going so far as to declare “I love you Stefan, Zach and Andy” and disclosing that “DG didn’t influence me to do this.”

However, AJJ begins the letter with “I am ready to take my own life.” The identity of the individual is also unknown.

A festival spokesperson has told media outlets that the band “chose not to arrive in Chicago” – without official explanation – and Bad Things, a group that includes Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, were chosen to perform in their place.

After a staff member at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, the venue hosting the official after-party on Friday, informed the audience that Death Grips were a no-show, fans reportedly stormed the stage and trashed the band’s equipment which had been set up onstage.

Following the Lollapalooza incident, the band also failed to appear at Montreal’s Osheaga festival on August 4. They have also cancelled upcoming appearances in New York and Boston.

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About the Author


Slav Kandyba has worked as a journalist for more than a decade for a number of general interest newspapers, a wire service, trade publications and music and culture magazines and websites. Slav is currently a tech reporter for iTechPost.com, and has previously written for The Source and contributed to HipHopDX.com from 2007 until 2011. He began writing about hip-hop in 2006 when a friend challenged him to write about L.A.'s hip-hop scene, and he was one of the first journalists to spotlight Pac Div and U-N-I. Slav is a respected writer covering hip-hop culture and rap and has assisted in organizing events including the One Nation Hip-Hop Summit in Santa Monica, California, which featured a concert with Pete Rock and CL Smooth, and the first annual Academic Hip-Hop Conference at Cal State Northridge.

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