Death Grips’ Chicago no-show and equipment trashing was a stunt

Band reportedly planned to stage the same 'show' in other North American cities

The Death Grips no-show that resulted in the band’s equipment being trashed at a Chicago Club on Friday (August 2) was a stunt, it has been claimed.

The night before they missed their slot at the city’s Lollapalooza festival, Death Grips angered fans by failing to arrive at a club performance at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. The stage was set up with a drum kit, Death Grips music played on a loop and there was a backdrop projection of a suicide note attributed to the band – scroll down to see amateur footage from the night.

DNAinfo Chicago reports that the band apparently had no intention of showing up, and that the stage set-up, projection and looped music was, itself, the ‘performance’, even though staff at the venue were repeatedly reassured that the band would be appearing.

“It appears to us that despite having a signed contract, they never intended on performing [Friday] night and instead wanted to leave a room of disappointed fans,” said Erin O’Neal, marketing director for Bottom Lounge, who reports that the band’s tour manager did eventually admit that the band never intended to turn up. “It’s unfortunate that this was what Death Grips wanted to do with their fans’ time and money.”

O’Neal also suggested that the drum kit broken up by fans was not one belonging to Zach Hill but a cheap training kit.

It also emerges that the stunt was not intended to be a one-off. Vanyaland reports that the same ‘performance’ was planned for a show at Boston’s Royale yesterday (August 6), but promoters pulled the plug when they learned of the band’s plans. Appearances in Montreal, Baltimore and New York have also been cancelled since Lollapalooza.

The ‘suicide note’ projected at the Chicago gig, shared by fans of the band, makes reference to Death Grips’ music: “I’m not afraid of dying but I am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing,” it says.

The full note reads: “I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.”