The musician and record producer Ott, who has worked with everyone from Sinéad O’Connor to Brian Eno, refused to go on stage at the Asheville Music Hall on Thursday night, citing a shitty sound system. The decision upset and disappointed fans, who were offered their money back. The bands Aligning Minds and Asheville-based Paper Tiger did play.
Here’s what Ott told his followers in a Facebook post:
Huge heartfelt apologies to everyone hoping to hear me play at Asheville Music Hall tonight.
The venue sound system is broken (to anyone who knows about this stuff they were hoping to run it with no system processor, crossovers, anything) and I felt the sound didn’t meet the very barest minimum quality.
I came under quite a bit of pressure to play anyway but I just can’t knowingly stand there sounding shit and taking your money. That would be wrong.
Sorry again to everyone who travelled to the show, it’s not a decision I took lightly. In fact it’s the first time in ten years I’ve been in this situation.
It feels bad but not as bad as saying “Ahh, fuck it. Get up there, sound shit, get paid, move on.”
And to the douche banging on my bus shouting “Pussy!” – go eat a bag of dicks. The whole bag. And I have more for you when you’ve finished those.”
People were told to come back to the box office today for refunds if they had already bought tickets. Paper tiger and Aligning minds still played but I will admit it didn’t sound that great but that makes sense if they didn’t have a system processor. The majority of people were there for Ott and pretty bummed out that they showed up and then found out that he wasn’t playing even though his bus sat out front. I left early so don’t know how the night panned out but people seemed to be making the best of it.