Thursday, May 24, 2007

Make Way for the S O B: Lady Sov embarks on a tour of shame

A couple of weekends ago, my friends in Atlanta told me they were going to see Lady Sovereign at the Drunken Unicorn. A twinge of jealousy fell over me. I thought they were lucky to catch her at such an intimate venue.

When Monday rolled around, I asked them how the show went and their reviews were less than glowing. She only played four songs, fifteen dollars for four songs? That's on an entirely different level of wrongness than one-song encores.

So when Sov brought her four-song routine to Studio B last Friday, in no way, shape or form did I feel the need to attend. But what took place that night now makes me wish that I had.

The Lady suffered a complete, absolute and dramatic breakdown.

When I saw this, I pointed out to my friends in Atlanta that at least, they'd gotten and "entire" performance out of her and she'd been nice but they said she stated she was only there to get paid and looked stressed out and on the brink of losing it that night as well.

This is by no means the first instance of Lady Sov cutting a show short. The first time I saw her, she played a relatively short set but that was a free show at Central Park so I figured that's how those sorts of things go. She had a rough time her first gig in New York and walked off stage after one song the next night in Philly back in 2005.

But what's really going on here? She claims to be poor and unable to pay the rent? Obviously, if she's on tour with Gwen Stefani, she's getting paid. And why is she even doing these small gigs on the side? She's clearly unhappy about it and taking it out on her fans.

The second time I saw Sov perform at the Bowery, she played a nice long set and rocked it but personally, I probably wouldn't go see her again and sadly, a lot of people I spoke to concurred. To be honest, I was kind of over Sov after reading that she refused to wear a dress to her sister's wedding. Can anyone say "diva?"

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