Following day one of Lollapalooza last night, hip hop band Death Grips were scheduled to play an official after party. The band, however, did not show up. According to reports from Reddit and Pitchfork, after realizing that the band was not going to be there, fans began destroying their equipment, including a drum kit supposedly belonging to the band’s producer, Zach Hill.
According to reports on Pitchfork, the band decided not to show up in Chicago at all to play the party at the Bottom Lounge. A representative from the Bottom Lounge had this to say,
We are still getting bits and pieces of information but we were not aware that Death Grips was not coming until right before we made the announcement. Right now, we just want to thank all the people at the show last night who, despite being terribly disappointed that there would be no Death Grips show, were very understanding. Tickets are in the process of being refunded and people that bought tickets online will see their refunds on their statements shortly.
According to a report on Reddit, fans didn’t know the show was cancelled until after it was supposed to start. Here is a personal video showing the announcement:
The remainder of the after party reportedly played Death Grips songs over the bar’s speaker system from an iPod and was back dropped by an image of a suicide note from a Death Grips fan. The note reads,
SUBJECT: ready DATE: July 9
I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me [alive] this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts [can’t] see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.
I will be watching.
The band, which has recently made news that they have plans to release their own record label after a nasty split with Epic, has had their slot on the official lineup for Lollapalooza replaced by Shaun White’s band, Bad Things.