Fiona Apple unleashed a new song at Portland concert where she was heckled to tears
Fiona Apple played a show in Portland, Oregon last night with Blake Mills, with whom she’s currently on tour. In the middle of her set, a heckler began shouting her down about her appearance, ordering her to “get healthy.”
From Dave Greenwald of The Oregonian:
“Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years,” a woman called into the silence.
Apple, sitting at the piano, turned distraught.
“I am healthy,” she said, and stood up to face the audience.
The next few minutes were full of awful madness: Apple visibly emotional and swearing at the heckler, most of the crowd shouting support, but some lodging more insults. “You’re a has-been!” a man shouted from the rafters. That shook her. Mills approached her and spoke into her ear. She called for the house lights to go up and asked for the first heckler to leave. She wanted to walk off stage; for long moments it seemed like the show would end right there, all her stormy power evaporating. But the lights went down and the band did one more, cutting the ballad “I Know” from the set. That would’ve been too much. Apple, in tears, apologized and walked off, calling it “a historically stupid night.”
According to HuffPo the house lights did go on, Apple telling the woman “I want to watch you leave,”—and she did eventually leave, but not before yelling at Apple, “I saw you twenty years ago and you were beautiful!”
To state the obvious, it’s pretty impossible to picture this kind of thing happening to a man. Can you imagine 90s rockers Greg Dulli or Mark Kozelek—both who have put on and lost weight at various times—playing a show and having someone yell, “Hey fatty! You look like shit! Get healthy!” It just wouldn’t happen.
Anyway, at some point in the concert she unleashed a new song apparently titled “I Want You To Love Me,” a gorgeous piano tour de force that she must have played before the heckling incident, considering how assured she sounds. Listen below.