Don McLean has launched a scathing takedown on musicians who keep fans waiting or cancel at the last moment, branding them ‘very rich and very spoiled’.
The American Pie singer, 76, appeared on the Greatest Music of All Time podcast, when he was questioned on whether professionalism has dipped over the last years – after Adele axed her Las Vegas residency at the beginning of the year.
The Easy On Me singer postponed her performances at Ceaser’s Palace Colosseum the day before she was due to take to the stage in January, due to production issues.
Speaking of current musicians keeping fans waiting for hours and last-minute cancellations – after host Tom Gridland spoke of Adele’s postponed residency and Kanye West keeping fans waiting – he explained that he feels ‘honored’ to play for an audience.
‘They are all very rich and very spoiled and they don’t really care about the audience,’ he said.
‘They think the audience is supposed to kiss their ass and that is the opposite to how I feel.
‘I feel honored to play for people. I know they are spending money and taking time out of their lives. But I come from a different time.
‘Guys like The Beach Boys worked really hard and so does Paul McCartney.’
Adele confirmed the postponement of her Weekends with Adele residency in January, in a tearful clip shared on social media just hours before it was due to start.
‘We’ve tried absolutely everything we can to pull it together in time and for it to be good enough for you but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid,’ she told fans through tears.
‘Half my crew, half my team have come down with Covid – they still are – and it’s been impossible to finish the show.
‘And I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted. I’m gutted and I’m sorry it’s so last minute.
‘I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s travelled again.
‘I’m really, really sorry. I’m really sorry. We’re on it – we’re going to reschedule all of the dates, we’re on it right now.’
While on the Graham Norton Show in February, she promised that she would take to the stage by the end of the year.
‘We are now working our a**** off, but I don’t want to announce a new set of dates until I know everything will definitely be ready,’ she said.
‘The sooner I can announce the better, but I just can’t in case we are not ready in time. It is absolutely 100% happening this year.
‘It has to happen this year because I’ve got plans for next year.’
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