September 14, 2023

Performing in Dubai? You Might Want to Rethink That.

From this week’s PopBitch newsletter:

Remember that disastrous gigAmyWinehouse had in Dubai in 2011? The one everyone blamed on the smack? We might have been a little quick to judge.OnePopbitch reader who worked in Dubai entertainment told us a bit more.”To get a paying concert on in Dubai you have to get police permission, which means the promoter has to meet with the head of Dubai Police CID. You sit there and this copper asks you questions like “What do this Maroon 5 sing about? Do they sing about love or do they sing about I want to make fuck with you?””He told me that he went out to the actual gig for Amy Winehouse’s 2011 show and met with her in her dressing room. ‘I tell to Amy Winehouse you not sing about fuck or I put you in jail’ he proudly told us. As I recall, for that show Amy didn’t sing about anything at all and was then booed by the crowd.

“The same guy also pulled a hunting rifle out in one meeting and threatened to shoot the members of a band on stage if they didn’t behave themselves.”

Hmm.  By the way, this past Wednesday was the third anniversary of Amy’s death.


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