Move aside, angry pigeons -- piss is the new birdshit. In a story that seems too good to be true, MGMT drummer Will Berman was hit in the chest by a glass full of urine during a gig at the Manchester Apollo Sunday night. The band was in the middle of the song "The Handshake," from their admittedly less than stellar 2010 album Congratulations, when a glass full of urine was hurled at Berman, striking him in the chest/torso. The band had started their next song, "Kids," before they noticed Berman had left, pleading with fans as to his whereabouts.
Although we're sure everyone's life could go on just fine without an "official clarification" of something that happened to that band MGMT somewhere in England, things have gotten to a point where we feel obligated to defend our selves and tell people the real story: witches, this: At the start of "Kids", MGMT's most popular song to date and the second-to-last song in the set, a celebratory cup of hearty Manchester ale, NOT URINE, was hurled into the air in the direction of the stage, thereupon landing in the lap of William Berman, the current world's best drummer. As we understand, thrown cups of beer are a sign of affection over here, whereas thrown bottles of urine mean the opposite. So, thank you Manchester for your affection.
For those who have seen MGMT live and aren't completely enamored with the band, this story perhaps comes as not a big surprise. When I initially came across the story, I wasn't that surprised -- I've seen MGMT live, and they are, for lack of a better term, underwhelming. Now, they are not so to the point of deserving piss-bombs, but the sentiment still remains -- something had to be off/not in their favor to elicit such a reaction from the Manchester crowd. As well, the news that Columbia -- MGMT's current label --isn't giving the band as much freedom
on their next LP doesn't sit well with what happened Sunday night.
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