jónsi, the icelandic beyonce knowles (via sigur rós), has been touring the states in support of his solo effort “go”. accompanying his full-blown stage shows has been a handful of acoustic in-store performances that puts him in tongue-licking distance from his fans.
but it seems that this intimacy has been too much for the avante-ist to handle as he has cancelled the remaining scheduled in-stores after only one in-store at origami vinyl in echo park. according to his website, his management takes full blame for this stunt:
“it is with regret that we announce the immediate cancellation of jónsi’s series of acoustic performances at indie record stores under the banner ‘go closer’, scheduled to take place during his current us tour. we, the management, are going to take the blame here, since it was us who thought this was a great opportunity to counterpoint the weight and scale of production at his theatrical shows with something super low-key and intimate. we talked him into it. and we stand by the fact that it is a great idea… on paper. jonsi himself, however, was always sceptical about how in would pan out in reality. and standing there nose-to-nose with fans in the cold light of day the other day in origami records, los angeles, he had the sudden and undeniable realisation that this is not the environment in which he flourishes. arguably it was the most uncomfortable experience of his ten years in the public eye, and as a result we are unwilling to put him in the line of fire again. to those of you who saw it in echo park, cherish it, because it ain’t going to happen again. to those people who were looking forward to *going closer* in salt lake city, austin, asheville, atlanta and chicago we can only say we are sorry, and ask for your understanding and forgiveness. and remember it’s not jonsi’s fault.”
thats pretty week but i guess for a post-rock dude from a extraterrestrial continent (especially as we approach the spooky halloween season), its only expected that he would clam up up close and in person.
whatevs… whens the new sigur rós coming out?