So someone has written into Allhiphop to present another side of the story. I'm not sure if they're talking about Watford though, because in London, I was home by midnight! He definitely was late though - due on at 10pm, came on just before 11 I think. Anyway, I'm not here to dispute the account otherwise, so over to this person who, I think, might be something to do with the organisers.
This isn't to say that my night with Weezy went without incident.
- Lil Wayne was scheduled to have soundcheck at 7pm...an hour before the venue opened. He decided not to come to soundcheck, and the venue opened promptly at 8pm as scheduled.
-Lil Wayne showed up to the concert an hour and a half late (1230). The crowd by this time was anxious and booing because Weezy was late.
- So Weezy finally comes on stage after all this time....performs for 5 minutes, then stops performing and starts complaining about the sound. The management then wanted to leave. The sound was per the contract and after expressing that we convinced him to keep performing (thank God)...
- So finally Weezy gets back on and performs for about 40 minutes and bounces immediately afterwards....
Artists and artist management should know that European booking and touring is not like US touring in many ways (I'm American myself). Hotels, food, venues, and living is completely different. The key agents and promotions know each other and reputation is very important here. In short if you're like Weezy's management and make unreasonable demands and act unprofessional, nobody will want to deal with you and you will have a short shelf life here in Europe.
Sorry to launch into this monologue, but all I heard about leading up to Weezy's performance was how difficult his management was to deal with- demanding private lear jets, making a promoter buy him musical equipment to perform though it wasn't in the contract, then keeping the musical equipment.
It’s unfortunate that his tour in Europe had to head in this direction.
I hope that we can have the rumors clarified and corrected immediately. As the largest online publication on the web, I know you would want the news to be as accurate as possible.