by Adam Gold
Of course, the now notorious incident that gave the sometimes-outspoken-otherwise-introverted Grammy holder her reputation as a mercurial performer happened more than a goddamn decade ago. So I guess it wasn’t really fair for me to lead off with a line referencing meltdowns, now, was it? A pair of recent SXSW Apple appearances were roundly well received, not to mention that there were no angry outbursts or onstage storm-offs during the singer’s 2006 Ryman appearance, although The Spin did describe that gig as follows:
When she took the stage at The Ryman last Friday, we felt a little bit like we were visiting crazy Aunt Ethel in the home. She hid behind the piano. She curled into a ball, hit herself with her fists, the mic and its stand. She tangled herself in the mic cord and spent a good portion of one song unwrapping it. She screamed, growled and clawed. She appeared not to have washed her hair in four days. But she exuded an energy that was part sultry jazz singer, part Linda Blair, and we loved it.
Tickets go on sale Sat., April 21 at 10 a.m. here (probably).
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