The Mercury Prize-winning artist, real name Damon Gough, was the headline act at the Elliott Smith Tribute Night, which took place at The Brixton Windmill in South London last night (October 21).
The date of the charity show coincided with the 10th anniversary of Smith’s suicide in 2003. Gough, a friend of the singer-songwriter, brought the late star’s producer Tom Rothrock to London especially for the gig.
Arriving on stage after performances by rockabilly band Sweetheart Contract, AAG (All American Girl) and singer-songwriter-producer Jaq Gallier, Gough told the audience that he would not be performing any Elliott Smith songs in his set and began a speech which lasted more than ten minutes while quietly playing his guitar. In it, he spoke about taking drugs and drinking excessively the night before.
Eyewitnesses told NME that the gig took an uncomfortable turn when a heckler decided to interject, shouting, “Elliott wouldn’t have wanted this,” at Gough. After calling the heckler a “cunt” from the stage and allegedly telling him to “fuck off and die”, Gough then suggested that the man leave the gig entirely.
Speaking to NME, Tim Perry, promoter at the Brixton Windmill confirmed that despite losing one member of the audience, the charity gig was a sell out with the capacity audience of 150 people earning over £2,000 for Mind, a charity offering people help and support with their mental health.
When approached by NME, representatives for Badly Drawn Boy declined to comment on the gig.