UPDATE! ALL of Michelle Shocked’s US tour dates have now been canceled. She will be speaking with Nicole Sandler live on Thursday morning, 8AM Pacific Time on radioornot to explain her side of things. Should be interesting – to say the least.
Dixie Chicks style badly timed free speech, anyone?
Michelle Shocked felt the lightning quick power of the Gay/Bi/Lesbian/Trans, Internet and show booking communities after her entire US tour t
hrough May 5th was canceled. leaving only one Madison, Wisconsin, performance at Harmony Bar that shows tickets still available online.
This follows a bizarre incident at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on Sunday night that baffled and upset her audience, who left in droves, ultimately shutting down the club.
Matt Penfield live-tweeted the show on Shocked’s Twitter account from the stage and said he was concerned about her state of mind as they hung out during intermission. “To be that close to someone who is clearly having a breakdown of some sort is not an emotionally comfortable place to be. I’m still a little bit shaken up. And I don’t like to see people vilified,” he told Chris Willman of Yahoo Music. Penfield, his wife Christine and most of the audience walked out after Shocked used the second set to go on a tear about gays and religion. Yoshi’s quickly cut her microphone and shut down the club, banning Shocked for life.
“WE AT YOSHI’S SF DO NOT & WILL NOT EVER TOLERATE THE TYPE OF BIGOTRY & HATRED EXHIBITED LAST NIGHT BY @MShocked SHE WILL NEVER BE BACK.”
Audience member Lisa Hubbert had this to say:
“I don’t want to discuss MS’s rant. It’s clear she’s had a breakdown. Her career is over, so she’s gotten what is deserved.”
“There’s no way you could have been there and not taken it for anything but a complete breakdown. A planned breakdown.”
Shocked retweeted a few tweets last night including one of support from a harmonica player that joined her onstage at Yoshi’s and another venomously angry tweet urging her to commit suicide. Otherwise she has been silent on the matter.
There may have been a few warning signs that Shocked was about to implode. The day before the incident, on March 16th, she tweeted: “I’m still here, consistently abiding, for the sole purpose of serving and encouraging others…”
Her “favorite quotation” listed on her Facebook page seems to sum up the Yoshi’s incident: “Free speech means the right to shout ‘theatre’ in a crowded fire.” Abbie Hoffman
A very sad situation all-around and we hope Michelle gets the help, empathy and support she so obviously needs at this time.
Michelle Shocked’s Aborted Tour Schedule
- 3/23 – Los Angeles, CA, McCabes – CANCELLED
- 3/28 - Santa Cruz, CA, Moe’s Alley - CANCELLED
- 3/29 - Novato, Californaia, Hopmonk Tavern - CANCELLED
- 4/24 - Winters, CA, Palm’s Playhouse - CANCELLED
- 4/25 - Portland, OR, Alberta Rose Theater - CANCELLED
- 4/26 - Seattle, Meander’s Kitchen - CANCELLED
- 4/27 - Eugene, Oregon, Cozmic - CANCELLED
- 5/3 - Boulder, CO radio show, eTown - CANCELLED
- 5/4 – Madison, WI, Harmony Bar –
tickets still availableCANCELLED
- 5/5 - Evanston, Indiana, Evanston Space - CANCELLED